Good Morning all of you spine sisters and brothers:
So, my big problem is getting to the right doctor to help me diagnosis the route of my back pain. I have been to a physiatrist, two neurosurgeons, family doctor. I am now thinking of scheduling an appointment with a pain management doctor. Each doctor I have been to seems to be in their professional "rut", not thinking out of the box and looking at me like a whole person. I know from Ron's history, that he had to try many different approaches.
Background story: Fell on ceramic tile in bathroom on January 29, 2012. Xray. Was told okay, than a week later was called to say I had a compression fracture of T11. Given pt, no brace. Physiatrist said just go on with life. Fracture stable.
Continued pain in midback. Went to a neurosurgeon who ordered another xray. Said same thing as Physiatrist. Then ordered a cat scan. Cat scan showed T11, T12 and L1 compression fractures. T11 the worst with some retropulsion. Also, extensive disc damage. NeuroS said discs probably normal wear and tear. I didn't think so because before fall I had NO BACK PAIN. Why do doctors not take into consideration what you tell them?
Just saw the radiologist interpretation of first xray and it said a grade 1, 4mm reto disc slip at the L5/S1 level. I think this is the route of my pain when sitting, bending etc.
So, my question is, is there a physician specialty that you have had the most success with, treating you as a whole person and not just his "specialty". Pain is so elusive. As we all know, finding the root cause of your pain is the first big step. I don't want to just mask my pain, I want to help it and hopefully get physically healthier, if possible.