So two years ago an orthopedic surgeon told me I have degenerative disc disease, some people feel pain with it, some don't. I'm one of the people that feel the pain. I have "flare ups" that have a wide range on the pain scale. The past 2 years it wasn't so bad. Sometimes it was triggered but it was tolerable enough. I'm a very active person and enjoy exercising and going to the gym.
October 2019 I went out with a few people and after sitting on a hard bench for awhile I noticed my back hurting but thought it would go away soon enough.
It hasn't gone away, and has only become progressively worse. Mid January it became intolerable. I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon but had to wait over a month to see him. I went to my PCP for pain management (medications, they are not helping very much). I haven't been able to work since February 1st. Every little movement, even just putting on socks cause excruciating pain and I keep saying in my mind that I'm just a shell of my former self and it makes me so sad. I used to be so active. It seems like my doctor doesn't want to help me.
When I finally went to see the Ortho doc he did x-rays and said I have advanced degenerative of the spine, that my back is wayyy beyond where it should be for someone my age (31). He gave me meds and told me to get an MRI and come back to see him. So I schedule the MRI (which I thought was weird, I thought his office would schedule it??). That's on March 17th. Then I call to schedule my MRI review with him and he can't see me until mid April?!??! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! What am I supposed to do?! I can barely move?!? I'm just sitting here in pain and just so frustrated with everything. My entire foot keeps going numb..I can't walk up stairs without pain going down my entire leg.
I don't know. I'm wondering if I should try to find a different doctor. I like him but..I can't wait over a month every time I need to be seen by him.
Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I'm just tired of feeling helpless.