I have been on this board for a while,, I have LS and Cervical issues which will soon need to be addressed.
I have been looking up doctors, procedures, new technologies till I am more confused than ever.
I read stories of the artificial disc replacements and read of patients going to Europe and various places inthe USA as well.
I just wish that there was a central "booking " so to speak where we patients could input our medical data and the best choices for us would come out on a data sheet with doctors who do the procedures we need listed right there.
It seems that if you go to the ortho doctor A you get A opinions as to what you need, and when you go to ortho doc B you get B options,,, then it gets really crazy when you go to neuro doc D and boy ,, a whole new bag of worms,,
I hear the Texas Back Institute doctors are fine, but then I also heard that a group of doctors in Northern Virginia do a fine job.
I just heard about Dr Jho from PA that have innovative technique as well.
It would cost a boatload of money to go to these variuos docs just to get their take on each case, and then , how to choose ?? how to choose??
Sorry,, guess I am just venting,, I just wish I could find one someone who could direct me - and all of you- as to the best place to get our backs fixed!!
Altho I have had back probs most of my life, about four years ago I went numb ( skin only) from toes to waist right side.
Just prior and during that episode I had ben doing chiro b/c of back .
One of the 2 neuro decided must be mild MS, and the other gave up too quickly. I went to a spine specialist in Richmond Va and he said he saw my problems and did not think MS was it. He said I could get a lumbar puncture if I wanted but he did not think it was necessary. He saw severe L5S1 and other LS spine degeneration as well as diffuse spondylosis stenosis c3 thru 7.
I had a foot operation last July and now the sciatic nerve on left side is a major 'pain' altho no numbness yet.
With MS I would expect quickly compoundidng symptoms right? I have the same strenghth in my right leg as the left.
The other 'professional 'opinions I have had came from doctors on some of these type boards and forums.
I did write to Johns Hopkins MS clinic with copies of my MRI reports and of course they thought I should come up there immediately.
Yet another MS doc online said to get to a spine specialist.
and another doc said the same.
what to do,, fish ?? or cut bait??
Too bad the professionals from these three specialties ( MS, neuro, ortho) cannot get tog for each of our cases and brainstorm about us individually and help make the best decision for our lives instead of their professional careers.
Dont mean to sound so negative, but once one makes a surgical decision based on the speech of one doc, one is stuck with the outcome and many times the performing surgeon wants nothing more to do with you if the outcome is less than satisfactory.
So one is left with searching for another doc to fix another created problem.
fishing ?? or digging for worms??
I am stumped!!
Oh Happy Valentine's Day friends!
Neither all orthos nor all neuros have spine fellowships. You need a surgeon with a spine fellowship. Go to spine.org. My surgeon was so cutting edge he did an off-label procedure on me and I'm doing great!
Challenging issues. Theres good and bad professionals in every discipline. My wife is undergoing non-surgical disc decompression in a chiropractic office. A local medical doctor has the same technology. It seems to be helping and is a non-invasive, cyclic traction. The leg pain is almost completely gone from her disc injury. She also does her stabilization exercises and gets non-force adjustments. It's with equipment called 3-D Active trac, apparently same as Vax-D and DRX. Anayone else have experience with non-surgical decompressive traction?