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Questions to Ask your Doctor(s)

SHModeratorSHModerator Posts: 44
edited 02/02/2016 - 11:33 AM in Alternative Treatments
many people have posted here in the past as to what should they expect and how should they handle their first visits to their: neurosurgeon, neurologist, pain management doctor, etc. here are some common tips and questions that should apply to everyone.

one always have your questions written in advance
two always bring a pad and pen to this visits


what are the detailed results of my diagnostic tests?
(cat scan, emg, mri, etc)
- it is important that the doctor communicates all the information about
your test results and that you understand what is being said. many times
doctors will rush through this or talk at a high medical level where the
terminology may be difficult to understand

based on my test results will surgery be required?
- the assumption here is that one or more of your test results were
positive and indicated a disc problem. you want to know what kind
of surgery would be performed, how it is done, what is the
recovery time estimated and what long term prognosis is there

if i do need surgery and i decide not to have it, what could happen?
- there are many situations when surgery is suggested, but for whatever
reason(s) the patient does not want to go through that. so you need
to know what impacts if any could you potentially face by not having
surgery. could the situation get worse? is there nerve damage
involved? could i wait another year before i have the surgery?

i decided to have the surgery, whats next ?
- besides the normal recovery period, what should i expect?
will i need to go to some type of physical therapy? if so, for how
long? will i have permanent restrictions? if so, what are they?
what things can i no longer do? when can i return to work?

you say i dont need surgery, i am still in a lot of pain, what kind i do ?
- there are many types of conservative treatments available for spinal
physical therapy
aqua therapy
massage therapy
and more

we hope that this can be used as a basis for your visits to your doctor. if you have any more questions or comments, please let us know.

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Ron DiLauro,  Spine-Health


  • Some good old advice for all members.
  • thank you, i have my follow up appointment since my MRI 2 weeks ago, tomorrow. i've been weaning of my med's per doctors instruction to un-mask the pain, and reduce my addiction and this has become my main day to day issue. i've almost lost sight of why i originally went back into Pain Management with all the side effects of withdrawl, and not reducing my medications as fast as has been prescribed for me.
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  • Thank you. I am grateful for everyone's comments. I had a pain spike yesterday and was dismissed from physical therapy until I see my doctor Monday afternoon. After reading what others have experienced and learned I am in a better position to do some advance research and prepare my questions.
    Truett Clifton-Vizvary
  • Ultra sound therapy ?
    Facet joint Arthritis L3,L4,L5,DDD.
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