Re: post-op instability - short version
Thanks for the reply diet...I'm really sorry to see you're still about on these boards.
I just feel I'm in a bit of a rut. You're right, a third opinion is a must, but I just don't know who from. There's another neurosurgeon in town, but he's part of the team where my original surgeon first trained... and if I go to a surgeon out of town, and he agrees its necessary to operate, I might not get the authorisation from social security... having said that, i guess the other surgeon in town could be fantastic... Its not as if I've totally made my mind up for another operation, its just the UK surgeon's whole manner was better than the french guy's. He went through the MRI thoroughly, explaining all he saw, did a thorough examination, listened to what I said...etc... whereas the other guy was just strange, spending most of his time reading the surgeon's pre- and post-op reports, and barely looked at the most recent MRI and xrays.
It just bugs me that everytime I take it upon myself to try and get to the root of things (by pressing for the MRI, by seeing the surgeon in the UK for a fresh opinion), the french system just says "well, your last surgeon said its just the disc and scarring...there's not much we can do about that - here, try some more painkillers..."
Grrr, I guess I've just got to keep on trying...
Anyhow, how are things with you? - I see you're maybe looking at revision surgery, so your head's probably in, or been in, a similar place to mine... its why your advice is so valuable, I'm just sorry I can't offer much back..
Well take care, and thanks again.