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 visitsquestions 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
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.return to faq