2nd & 3rd opinions
I'm fairly new to the boards & have been reading lots of posts. Many recommend getting a second or even a third opinion. While I understand the reasons, I have an issue with continuing to live with this excruciating pain any longer than absolutely necessary. Too often it takes months to get an appointment with just one surgeon, if i had to get 2 or 3 other opinions, I'd be looking at close to a year, while my condition is deteriorating.
I was able to get an appoinment with one surgeon for a month down the road, he cancelled the day befor my appointment & set another for yet another month away, only to cancel that one as well, so we were looking at 3 months down the drain. I finally gave up on him & my PCP scheduled steriod injections, which cosisted of a series of 3, scheduled 2 weeks apart. Another 6 weeks.
The shots didn't help, so now I'm waiting for another neurosurgeon to schedule an initial appointment, which may or may not be weeks away. I forgot about the 6 months that my PCP had me on anti-inflamatories & the 6 months prior to even seeking medical advice, that brings us to a year and a half.
I have a bulging dicc at L5-S1, a nerve root cyst at T12-L1, DDD & scoliosis. I've had to cut back to part-time at work & still come home in ecruciating pain. I've been told that surgery is my only option at this point. I can't imagine enduring this for another 6 months while I get second & third opinions, not to mention recovery time after surgery.
Does anybody else feel this way? If so, what other suggestions do you have? Maybe word of mouth?
Thanks in advance for listening & for any input that you can offer.