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Physiatrist appointment

Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:57 AM in Pain Management
I am finally going to meet my physiatrist for the first time on Thursday. I'm both nervous and excited! Can someone share their experience on what to expect? My acupuncturist said that he thinks there will be a battery of tests for a diagnosis for my pain. I would love to hear from someone who has seen a physiatrist! :)
2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • I saw one and she asked my history and ordered a recent lumbar MRI and a EMG/nerve test for my leg and then will follow me up from there. She's very thorough! I also went to her last week to inject my knees with steroids for this new issue I'm having.

    I find they listen really well and try to treat whatever issues you may be having. Best wishes for your appointment. Charry


    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Charry, thank you for you reply! Did the EMG test hurt? I am hoping to get to the root of the pain and then manage it.

    I hope you are getting good results from the injection. :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,771
    She has taken total control of my medical situation. She coordinates all diagnostic testing, sends me to other specialists for non-spinal related issues and manages my medications.

    I have never had one doctor that has done it all for me and as effectively as she has done. She may not write all my various prescriptions, but she logs anything and everything that is prescribed for me plus any over the counter medications I take.

    Physiatrist

    EMG Tests. I have had many. Some which were just a little irritating to those that were uncomfortable.

    Here is formal medical information regarding EMGs
    EMG
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I haven't had my 3rd EMG/nerve test yet. The first one I could not finish and the second one the Neurologist failed to call my Dr. with results so going for another one Oct. 26 after my MRI Oct. 25th. She said no more wasting time and time to find out where the nerve is being compressed. I like her and it helps to have a new set of Professional eyes on your issues. I hope you have a good Dr. appt. PM me if ever I don't get back to you in a post so much going on with my knees right now after falling 2 months ago....Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Ron, thanks for the links and personal experience!

    Charry, I hope you get the answer soon for your knee pain. I will PM you after the appointment. Be well! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • Can anyone tell me that for what Physiatrist is all about, because I've an injury problem in my arm and I don't know what kind of specialist I should call and get appointment. Because I've never had injury before.
  • Your Family Dr. should be able to help you first for an assessment. I'm seeing a Physiatrist about my lower back and she ordered x-rays and MRI and even doing injections for my knees where I have OA and bursitis.

    They can order Physiotherapy and do a complete assessment of your arm and pin point where the pain is coming from. I hope you see your Dr. soon. Heat/Ice alternate 15 minutes a day to help with pain in the mean time. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • a physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. i saw one when i had nerve and facet blocks. they help you achieve your own level of optimal health; meaning what's best for you, respectively.
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