I have progressive weakness in legs. Everything else including MS has been ruled out. I have been searching for 6 years for the reason for this weakness. I am 58. I have OA and have had both hips replaced and now my knee successfully. I have been to the Mayo clinic to rule out ms and had an extensive ems. I have degenerative disc and facet joint problems . When I went to a spine surgeon 6 years ago when this started, he did an mri and said I would eventually need a fusion but that I was"too young". My life is sitting in a chair all day as I get weak after I stand up in the am. I can't go shopping or stand in any line anywhere. I used to maintain a large garden. How do I find a spine specialist that will listen to me??
Dear flowerfloosey (love your user name!)
I am sorry you are having the weakness that is affecting your daily life. I would ask around to see if anyone can recommend a specialist. If no luck there, have you tried asking your primary doc for a name? Last resort, I would look in the yellow pages/internet and go down the line and schedule consultations with the doctors listed. Make sure you have your medical records from any labs/xrays in the past. Also, take a printed list of all your medications with dosages and frequency. It is also a good idea to bring a list of questions with you. Might I also suggest taking a family member or friend with you to the appt. They can be instrumental in remembering concerns you have forgotten and also remembering what the doctor says at the consulation.
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