Hi Draka. That is one long appointment! I'm very glad your consult went so well. It seems that you've found yourself an excellent surgeon who is going to fix you right up. You've been in pain for a long time, what are you planning for your new pain free lifestyle? It sounds like you're getting away without a fusion. That's great! Keep us updated on your surgery and results. Sounds like you'll have to go through a little while with increased pain from lack of your meds, but it'll be worth it I'm sure to finally be quit of the pain permanently. This is such great news, I'm so happy that the surgeon is going to be able to help you in a way you are comfortable with!
I have to admit I'm a bit jealous. My appointment didn't go quite as well. The surgeon said that the information we have justifies disk surgery. However my last MRIs are about
nine months old and since my symptoms have progressed markedly recently he wants newer images before we jump in there. I agree with him on that one for sure (I'm a bit worried about
what these new images will show). So more waiting is in my future. My insurance is not quick with MRI approvals, although hopefully they will be better about
it since all the treatments they prefer to see done first have been tried on me many multiples of times. And getting a new appointment with the surgeon usually takes about
a month. The biggest problem though is that I don't like this surgeon. Not at all. He's one of those doctors that doesn't listen. He asked me how I've been feeling and I had just enough time to tell him that my arm hurts before he started talking over me. So he doesn't know, for instance, that part of my hand and forearm have started going numb or that the pain has spread to my other arm as well. Then he left to order the MRIs and never came back. If he were my only doctor I would get to spend the next several weeks in unmitigated pain with even less sleep. Luckily I have an appointment with my PM today. So I'm going to do the MRIs since I do believe they make sense, but I'm now going to be on the hunt for a new surgeon. Probably a neurosurgeon this time. I'll talk about
that with my PM today as well.
Draka, I am so happy your appointment went so well. I know I said that I was jealous, but really I'm not (I was just being funny, or trying at least). It actually helps mitigate for me that mine didn't go so well, knowing that yours did. My hopes and prayers will be with you these next few weeks that your surgery goes well and that the outcome is every bit as good as can be hoped.
Post Edited (desert) : 3/17/2011 8:48:25 AM (GMT-6)