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Jan 18, 2016 9:26 PM

I went to see an orthopedic surgeon today and he said that for them to do an operation I have to have 1 of 4 problems 1) incapacitating pain 2) a bad enough curve in my spine 3) pulmonary disruption 4) impaired movement. Well, excuse me for having been in pain for 18 yrs and acclimating to the pain a bit, so it's not incapacitating, but it would have been 5 years ago!

Jan 18, 2016 9:56 PM

OMG!!! Are you kidding me??!!?? I am so sorry that you went through all of that. I have scoliosis in my thoracic spine. It's bad and it does effect my breathing sometimes (but usually then I'm having a flare of Costochondritis. To have to drive three hours for help and get none is disheartening to say the least. Is there another Orthopedic Surgeon you can see that perhaps a friend could recommend. Sounds like he either didn't care or didn't think you were suffering enough... Either way, it sucks!! Maybe you can call your insurance company and ask them to find you a surgeon that is closer to you and is board certified and specializes in spinal issues. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you get this sorted out and get the treatment you need to help make you better. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Jan 19, 2016 1:11 PM

I've seen the surgeon in town same thing. This guy was a specialist in spine issues. I think he believes that since I could walk etc it wasn't bad enough. I'm on Medicaid so my insurance won't do a damn thing. I'm was told I should take a break from narcotics, my mom did say there were pain meds for nerve pain so maybe that will help.

Jan 19, 2016 1:18 PM

Well, just don't stop them without weaning down slowly. The medicine builds a blood level and you need to reduce slowly. You'll know in a week if it's the meds. I doubt it. If you're in that much pain, shame on him for dismissing you just because you can still walk. I've herniated every disc in my neck, have had laminectomies and also have wires and stuff in there. I have herniated discs in my lumbar spine and have SI Joint Disfunction with fractures and I can still walk. (Not quickly and not easily), I'm sorry you went through that. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Jan 19, 2016 10:24 PM


Thanks, I would have to have 2/3rds of my spine fused so I get it's MAJOR surgery.

Jan 20, 2016 2:34 PM

WOW... That is major. But thank God you can still walk. You should be taken seriously and given your disability too. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Jan 20, 2016 9:02 PM

Clizzyb, this is the same attitude of all the orthopedists and neurologists in my area. They will not do any surgery unless it's an emergency or there is neurological damage occurring. I'm sorry you didn't have the help you need. We are in the same boat. Hugs & prayers you find someone to help! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 21, 2016 11:48 AM

@Alwayzinpain and @ FlappysLady81
Thanks for the support and understanding!

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