Brief background - 11 years with lumbar and cervical DDD, moderate stenosis cauda equina, arthrosclerosis, 6mm retrolisthesis l5-s1, facet joint disease (l5 & s1 totally gone, l4 60% gone, l3 30% gone), l5-s1 disc tore years ago and is now "completely gone". 40 yo female
I'm on disability now, which I can't take not working, but since moving from AZ to KS it's been nothing but a fight for pain mgmt. I've jumped through every hoop, have been cordial and nice, listened to the numerous differing diagnosis (I've only been here 5 years, first 6 in Phx same diagnosis all the time), listened to how my previous doctors were wrong, and finally hit a boiling point last year. Yes, I finally fought back and let more then one doctor know that they had no idea wtf they were talking about.
Long story short. Went to yet another neurosurgeon in April. Sent for discogram which the anesthesiologist said right then the l5 disc was completely gone. Follow up with neurosurgeon which gave me an open door for a 2 tier fusion with discectomy. After discussing pros and cons and the fact that I'm 40 we agreed to wait and see if it could naturally fuse or when I'm ready. Referred to pain mgmt which happens to be same anesthesiologist that did the discogram. First thing he said was pain mgmt was not an option because I didn't live inside city limits. He asked if I had a KS license, which I don't because AZ licenses do not expire until you turn 65 and we're planning on moving back. I challenged him on since my disability was approved by KS. He then said that I'm high risk for addiction but would do an RFA because it's joint pain.
Um..since when does a surgeon suggest replacing a blown disc with a satellite if it's joint pain that I'm having? And since when has a discogram been used to determine joint pain? I'm confused and fed up with doctors. Idk what to do or where to turn. I'm tired of being in pain but apparently no one really cares. Is this RFA thing the new craze? I'm really think8ng of taking out some loans answer moving to Belgium!
DDD, facet joint disease l3 through s1 & c3 through c6, grade I retrolisthesis l5-s1, moderate lumbar stenosis, mild cervical stenosis, mild scoliosis.