Many times when we see medical professionals to get a diagnosis or help we not be actually hearing what is being said.
This is so true when it comes to a patient who is in pain, but all the diagnostic tests indicate that they shouldn't be in that type of pain. The doctor tells you this, but..
You didnt want to hear bad news about your problem and that you might need surgery, but you wanted to hear that your pain is justified! If you are not told this, then is it all in your head? Or is that what the doctor is thinking?
There are many ways this can be presented. For example, I will give you somethings that I went through this past week.
I have more pain at night when I sit. Its from my lower back down to my knees. The doctors and I both know that the multi level spinal stenosis is the cause for this pain. Nerve medication and muscle relaxers dont really help hear, so its always the use of some narcotic pain medication that is required. My doctor is fine with this, since my level of pain medications is relatively low (4 to 5 5mg Oxycodone IR daily).
When we talk about this, she is candid.... Ron, you and I both know that its the stenosis causing this, we dont need to do any diagnostic tests and we are not looking at any type of surgery for you I hear that, I understand that, but some where in my brain, I am saying to myself, Come on, there has to be a solution, I'll take surgery over nightly pain
But I know thats now what I want. So, I hear what the doctor is saying, but at times I dont really hear it or want to hear it.
I am not sure if this is making sense, or perhaps its because I am hearing what I want to hear!
Do you hear it?
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences