Neurosurgeons are the best people out there to read films of the brain/spine, so if he said the findings weren't right, I'd tend to believe him.
The Neurosurgeon I saw actually did NOT see my film. In fact, he didn't even read the past MRI report because for some reason his office had trouble finding it. So in other words, he was telling me that the MRI was bogus as he was walking in the door without even looking at the MRI results at all. Somehow, I sincerely doubt he is such a good neurosurgeon that he can interpret MRI results that he didn't even see without even looking at me. lol!
It just felt like he had some kind of attitude against the doctor who referred me. I have no idea, it was rather bizarre.
My point is this: This started due to severe back pain. I went to my general doctor and he went over my medical chart which showed that I had DDD and bulging in the lower back in an MRI taken in 2003. Then another MRI in 2007 showed that the DDD and bulging had progressed. Now I have this horrible lower back pain and my thigh and groin is numb, and so my doctor's general idea was--hey, why don't we get you a new MRI and see if this drastic increase in pain is related to the progression of the DDD and bulging in your lower back. It makes sense to me, but apparently that reasoning is something the neurosurgeon wanted to spit upon. I have no idea.
I've tried to read up on all this. One article stated that the downfall of MRIs is this 'false positive' in which healthy asymptomatic patients show up as having DDD and bulging. They still have these conditions, but no symptoms. I would say that this is sort of irrelevant, because in my case I DO have the symptoms. My doctor saw my symptoms, actually LISTENED to me, where as this neurosurgeon didn't even see my MRI report but decided that my doctor was apparently incapable and his diagnosis ridiculous. I don't care which one of them is 'right'. All I care about
is finding help. I can't just keep going to physical therapy and taking muscle relaxers which do nothing and hoping to somehow get 'fixed'. I've been doing that for years now with no results. I'm tired of just getting the same apathetic responses, and I'm VERY tired of hearing doctors talk down each other instead of treating me. :(