I have been thinking about the road ahead for a long time now. My neurosurgeon is amazing, and although he will order a yearly MRI, I'm assuming he's not going to be the one seeing me on a regular basis. I've been healing well enough. Still no obvious signs of fusion at 3 months post-op, and I'm still taking Norco 3x day if needed. On a bad day, I will take all three. On a regular day, maybe 2. So I obviously still need someone to prescribe the medicine.
Do patients like me have to go to a pain management doctor, or do some of you post-surgery patients still see your GP's? What is 'allowed' now? I mean, I will still be seeing my neuro once a year, but will he be considered my new primary? I'm so confused who I need to go to to talk about flare-ups, or the ups and downs of the post-surgery world, and do any med adjustments. I have my 3 month post-op next week and then I won't see him again until 6 months.
I don't want to do anything that is not permitted, but I feel like I need to get a plan in place. Advice?
2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1