Re: Help me find a GOOD doctor!
When you have severe encroachment of the spinal canal, your situation is only going to get worse. The reason the ins. won't pay for ADR is because you have other discs that are bad and that rules you out as a good candidate for success with you. In all honesty, I think you would find a fusion helpful....at least if there is no permanent damage.
The longer those nerves are pinched, the more chance of the damage being done and then surgery can only help it from getting worse. I don't usually advocate surgery, but I make an exception when it is due to impingement of nerves. That's because I have permanent nerve damage at L5-S1 and now have to take Lyrica to help with the burning feeling. Had I not waited so long, I could have saved myself a lot of suffering and expense.
As for finding a particular doctor, you may just have to make 2-3 appointments and choose. I personally recommend an Orthopedic Spine Specialist. I have found them to be more patient and understanding and great at answering questions. The Neurosurgeons I have seen (3) have all acted like they didn't have time for me, and that I should not ask questions and only do what I was told. That doesn't set well with me. I'm pretty picky when it comes to doctors, lol.
Lots of good luck to you. I hope you will stay in touch.
Last edited by Administrator; 10-11-2010 at 07:37 AM.