I saw an orthopedist about two weeks ago and had a pretty bad experience that ended with, "keep doing physical therapy and add some core exercises." I wasnt really thrilled about the experience and I wanted to talk to someone who was a hip expert, so I dove in and got a second opinion for the first time ever.
I am so happy I did! My new orthopedist found that I do have an impingement in my hip, and we have a treatment plan to move forward. I found a doctor that I feel I can trust, that is on my side, and that I know is incredibly knowledgable and kind to boot.
I just can't believe how different the two experiences were, and how little one orthopedist would help compared to another. Has anyone else had an experience like that?
Second (or more) opinions are worth the time most of the time. Because I have stayed sick from one thing or another since November, I saw an Asthma/Allergy Specialist today. He said the following (conflicts w/ PCP or other docs): 1) I do not have the allergies that require injx; just avoid triggers; 2) my SOB could be from several things that need further investigation, but its not due to asthma because his lung function test was low-normal; 3) referring to Rheumatologist because of continued elevated Sjogrens blood test w/ symptoms (may be affecting heart &/or lungs for sob), and PCP blows off need for further investigation; 4) referring to ENT to look for malfunction of vocal cords that may be causing bronchospasm (which may be causing sob); 5) referring to Endocrinologist because of 2 tests showing I have damaged thyroid & many symptoms (but PCP blowing off need for further investigation). In a nutshell this doc said any one or combination of these issues could seriously affect major organs, and they need to be looked into more. He was not pleased with the lack of care I'd received from my PCP.