Not sure where to post this, but is regarding pain mgmt dr, so thought this might be a good place to post. If not, please direct me and I will repost in more appropriate section.
Most doctors only see patients for a brief 5 minutes or so to discuss what is going on, etc. My pain mgmt dr is no different. 1st visit...I walk in, she comes into room, asks me how about my situation, history, etc, writes me a script, orders an MRI, leaves.
2nd visit, she says MRI results show some issues with neck and lumbar, I knew that from pain/stiffness, and recommends facet inj in the neck and epidural inj for lumbar. I say ok, we schedule inj appt, I leave.
3rd visit was at surgery ctr where I received the facet and epidural inj, too groggy to talk about my concerns, questions, etc.
4th visit is scheduled for next week as a follow-up from inj procedure. I have no idea exactly what my MRI reads, as I am not trained to understand. I have a copy of it, but do not know how to interpet. Is it customary for a pain mgmt dr to interpet each and every finding of these 2 MRI tests (neck and lumbar) so that I completely understand my situation? I feel as if I am rushed w/ every appt and want her to take the time to interpet MRI/educate me so I know I am receiving the best treatment and taking the best precautions in my daily activities to better myself. Also, we never discussed details of how long these inj should last, if they do not work then what, how long is typical healing, if this is something that will be long term, etc.
Does anybody know how to read an MRI? Besides Xray, is an MRI the most reliable resource available for medical findings of the neck and spine?