Mar 26, 2015
Well where to begin....At this point, I don't really feel any further along then before I went down. I'm considering seeking a 2nd opinion.
So I get to my appointment at the hospital after a 3 hour drive. Didn't wait too long in the waiting room. Get in the room and wait a few mins and someone came in. I believe he was an intern. So he asked me questions and had me do some little exercises, checking reflexes. He kept going back to my left side. He kept checking the reflexes on my left side. And kept running the end of the mallet and his fingers pretty firmly across the bottom of my left foot. He had a look of puzzlement or concern on his face. He left the room a couple times to talk to the Dr and would come back and do something else. The Dr knocked on the door once too. One of the times he left the room, I looked at Dave (hubby) and said exactly what I was thinking. "He keeps going to that side. He's seeing something of concern".
So the Dr comes in afterwards and asks questions. He then looks at the MRI scan. He told me that the herniated disk is very mild which I agreed with. It hardly looked like anything. So he says that the herniated disk doesn't appear to be playing any part in this. He did say that my spine is showing some signs of arthritis. So I asked why the constant pain across my lower back, down into my hips, legs and into my knees. His response was "well you're one of the lucky 1 in 3 Canadians that suffer from lower back pain. When I've had a long day in the operating room I'm sore too". And that was it. No explanation about the numbness in the legs and feet. So I asked what I could do for pain. His response was"exercise. Stay active". That's a little difficult to do when there are days when it's difficult to walk, and struggle to pick Preston up.
We drove 6 hours (3 each way) for that?!?! I know the Dr does complex surgeries and stuff, but I felt like he didn't take my pain or concerns seriously. Between the intern and the Dr, I was only there about 30 mins. I felt like I got the brush off.
So that was my day yesterday