Re: Neurologist vs Neurosurgeon?
A good neurosurgeon is looking for the best treatment for you. In fact any good doctor looks for the right treatment, not just an opportunity to operate. Most NS are very busy and finding a non-surgical treatment for a patient actually allows them to concentrate surgical services on those who really need it.
I saw a NS years ago and he told me I wasn't a surgical candidate yet (based on my age and that I had not tried any other treatments) and suggested some non-invasive or less-invasive options first, and then see if they worked. I did Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) through the Pain Management physician the NS sent me to and did some massage therapy. The ESI worked well for nearly 2 years and when they did not work when the pain came back, I then chose the surgical option.
A neurologist can certainly help with nerve pain or nerve disorders, but is not a surgeon. So, if anything, see one of each if it is applicable. I did see a neurologist early on who prescribed neurontin but when he saw the MRI results he said I should consult a neurosurgeon.
Incidentally, my surgery was done by an Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon who came highly recommended from my primary care doctor. He specializes in neck surgery (techniques from minimally invasive all the way to full surgical procedures).
C5-C7 ACDF 5/06 @ age 39
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 11-02-2006 at 04:48 PM.