Hi Dave, sorry to hear of all the problems you have going on right now. I do hope that the drs are able to get all of your cardiac work-up done so they can tell what the next step will be soon. Nothing worse than having to wait around for testing to be scheduled.
What kind of a dr are you seeing for your back problems? How long ago was the MRI done that showed a disc problem? If it has been a year or more since having the MRI done, it may well be worth your time to have one repeated for comparison views to see if anything new has cropped up or to see if your problem has worsened. If you are not having any leg pain that is a good sign, means no nerve is being pinched or compressed which is good. If medication is controlling your pain that is great because you really do not want to go the surgery route if you can avoid it. I can appreciate your dr being honest with you.
If this were me I would wait until after all the cardiac stuff has been dealt with then look at asking the dr about repeating the MRI. Sorry that I am not really offering much help here, just some thoughts. Take care.
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