I am not veteran to having back surgery. I have had 5. I have had two open discectomies, 2 PLIFs, and a staph infection washout. However, I am not good at asking questions. I get in the office and forget everything I want to ask. My current NS is very friendly, I get lost in our good relationship, he reminds me of my dad. I am the type who trusts doctors immediately. Therefore, I really don't ask any questions. I am very fortunate that I did find a real good NS right out of the box.
I have a bulged disc L5-S1, at my last appointment my NS told me that he wanted me to blow out my disc before he would do anything. That was back in early January. About mid February I began experiencing sciatica in my right leg with some pain my left leg as well. So, I did what any normal spiney would do. I called my NS and told them about the pain and his nurse proceeded to inform me that there was nothing they could do for me. I think I may blown the disc. I have been diagnosed with adjacent disc disease. They offered me an injection and I refused because they don't seem to work for me. I have had several tries at injections. My husband talk me into getting a second opinion. I called my PCP and he hooked me up.
So here I am today, getting ready to see my new NS next week. I want to be an informed patient. I want to be able to ask the right questions. Can anyone give some advice on what kind of questions I should ask? I am very nervous about this appointment. I am afraid that he won't believe that I am suffering. Thanks
Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.