Hi I'm Molly I'm new here. I just want to rant about doctors. I have this doctor who is not really good. I tell him I have a condition called pectus carinutum. I have back, chest and right sciatic pain. Iv had back and chest pain for about 6 years and I'm 20 years old I wanted him to look at my chest but he said these things are not related. He did not seem really interested in me by that he said these three are not related. So he ordered MRI but instead of the whole spine he only ordered for lumbar. I wanted a full spinal MRI. I have been putting off getting the MRI result. I feel like he is going to say nothing is wrong. He did not seem interested in helping me feel better. I really hate doctors sometimes. Some doctors are pain in the but when it comes to them trying to help you.
Welcome to the community Molly. I'm sorry the doctor didn't seem to listen and want open minded to even consider the possibility of your suggestion. I've been dealing with spinal issues since my late 20's and I'm 57 now. For the past 2 years I've been under an orthopedic surgeon for my whole spine. And unfortunately due to red-tape processes overseen by insurance and the government, he can only address one area of my back at each visit. He can also only order tests for one region of my spine at the time: cervical, thoracic, or lumbar/sacral. I asked"Why can't you do the MRI for the thoracic & lumbar/sacral at the same time?". He responded that insurances and Medicare won't allow doctors to do that. So for 2 years I've been getting x-rays, MRI's & CT's 3x as often as seems logical (or safe from exposure). And my visits to his office are 3x as often as well. I think it's crappy but it is what it is and we can't change it. If your test comes out negative, push for him to do the lumbar/Sarah region as well.