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What are my options?

Started by Senkg80ab on 06/06/2018 7:07pm

So after a month of being in pain, the worst being at night, in the morning sitting and bending. I went to my primary doctors, she examined me, asked questions. Said we need to go an mri right away, so next day mri, day after that she call saying the results are back, you have some herniated discs, and I’m getting you into the neurosurgeon ASAP. That was a few days ago, my appt with the neurosurgeon is tomorrow morning. Here is the thing. I have no idea what’s going on, she was so brief, and didn’t explain anything. Why would she be so concerned to get me in for mri and neurosurgeon in a few days period? I don’t want surgery. I just had major surgery 2 months ago. We have 4 kids, and summer break is starting. I’m miserable, and I can’t do half the things I use to. We are moving next week, and it’s been hell packing this place up and cleaning. The pain now goes all up my spine, with tingling in my upper back. My hands go numb when I lift them up. Please can someone tell me what I’m possibly looking at? Are there non surgical treatment that can help? And why a neurosurgeon?

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The doctor looks for specific symptoms and your body's responses, or lack of response to tests to determine if there is something likely to require more rapid evaluation and imaging or if it is reasonably safe to wait and see what happens .
During your exam there may have been something concerning in your reflexes that made them decide to investigate further.
Given you know there are herniation and you are experiencing symptoms that appear to have concerned your doctor enough to warrant a relatively fast consult with a neurosurgeon, I would AVOID bending, lifting, twisting, etc until you see the surgeon and he/she advises you one way or another.
Being referred to a spine surgeon doesnt necessarily mean you need surgery, but if it is suggested, make sure they explain why it's necessary and what exactly the conditions are, likely risks and consequences if you do or don't have surgery.


Hello, Senkg80ab--thank you for your post. We are sorry you feel so in the dark about your diagnosis and rationale for imaging tests.

We think backhurtz123 offered you some excellent points. Just because you're being referred to a spine surgeon does not mean surgery is imminent. In fact, many spine surgeons will ask that you try several non-surgical therapies before starting any discussion of surgery.

We see that you've already met with your neurosurgeon--what did you learn in that meeting? If you have a follow-up appointment scheduled and if surgery is already being discussed, we want to share this resource with you: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ). It can give you some great questions to ask your surgeon so you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you.

Surgery may not be in your future, but if it is, you should know as much as you can about it. And, really, that also applies to any non-surgical treatment you undergo. Asking questions is your right as a patient.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we hope you find a treatment approach to your pain that makes you comfortable.