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Old 12-08-2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Confused

Hi all,
I have never had back problems, but about 1 week ago, after moving (I had my 2nd child 4 mos. ago and am very out of shape.), I began to experience pain in my lower back. It started as a constant, dull ache that traveled down my thighs. I would also have interrmittent sharp pains, mostly down the left buttock.
A few days later, I began to have more problems. I am now experiencing constant headache, a tight, painful neck and left shoulder. I went to a general practioner, because I didn't know who else to see. She said that it is probably a back sprain, but could be a bulging disc. This pain keeps me awake at night, unless I have medication.
I feel that I should see a specialist, but do I see a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedist? Have any of you had these symptoms? What did your doc tell you? Any advice would be great!

 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Confused

[QUOTE=shay24] I feel that I should see a specialist, but do I see a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedist? Have any of you had these symptoms? What did your doc tell you? Any advice would be great![/QUOTE]

Shay,

I think I would start by asking your regular dr to recommend a specialist, and see which she/he recommends. It seems that either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic specialist can treat things like this.

Keep us posted and let us know what happens.

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Old 12-09-2003, 10:51 AM   #3
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Re: Confused

I agree with Stillwater. In my own case, the first referral was to a Physical Medicine doc, who ordered an MRI. Based on that, the decision was made whether or not to get a consultation with a neurosurgeon and/or orthopedic surgeon. In any event, from what you describe, I think a referral is called for. Since the basic exam and decision-making about MRIs, etc., is fairly standard, the main thing is that this is someone who "does spines." The specific specialty--Phys. Med,
Neurology, Neurosurgeon, Ortho Surgeon--probably makes less difference at this point.

Good luck, and let us know how things go,

Standingman

 
Old 12-09-2003, 04:24 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replies! I went to see the general practitioner today, and I have been referred to a neurologist. I am supposed to see him tomorrow. Wish me luck! I will certainly let ya'll know what he says.

 
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