Seeing Physiatrist soon......

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   Posted 12/22/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been refered to see a Physiatry Dr.
I see him on 1/5/10.
He works at the Hospital very closly with the surgeon who did my laminectomy surgery.
What can I expect?? confused
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
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   Posted 12/22/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
A physiatrist is a specialist in Physical Medicine. What that means is he/she will have a good deal of expertise in things like physical therapies (various types), as well as pain management, but I don't know whether that person will prescribe meds for you. Probably won't do high tech injections and things, but may refer you for them if they think it's appropriate. A lot of times they're working on a team that includes other PM specialists.

The first eval will probably be gathering a lot of info. as well as a good hands on physical exam, which may be uncomfortable or a bit painful if the doc maneuvers legs and arms and such to see your range of motion. Just be honest when something is hurting and don't try to mask your pain!

Good luck!


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   Posted 12/22/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Like anything it depends on the doctor. Some do little more than suggest and arrange treatments while others will suggest various medications to help with pain management and prescribe your pain medicines.

On your first visit be prepared to play 200 questions and to get a good physical exam, not only of your pain centers but all your joints and muscles as well as a base neurological exam.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My PM Dr., well, the first one I saw at this office is actually a they do write pain meds.  They are very up to date on the latest and newest and best procedures as well as meds for CP... I'd be glad that he will be your PM Doc...
Good Luck and I hope you can hold out that long.....Have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year...

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   


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