i am seeing an orthapedic surgeon again tomorrow 18th November & am desperate for advice on what to say.
following a high speed rear impact crash in June this year -
i have a herniated disc in c5/6, a bulge in c7/t1 confirmed by MRI in August & another in October and 3 bulges in lumber region - unsure where they are as MRI only done last week & have yet to have a consultation.
this week, I have also had emg/nerve conductivity - but won't know the results of that until tomorrow.
i have been getting all the symptoms of nerve involvement, pain in shoulder, arm, hand, pins & needles, clumsiness etc on my right side and also numbness & dragging feeling in my right leg with sporadic pains also shooting down my left leg. I stumble a lot out of the blue and struggle to steady myself.
im on gapapentin, amitriptyline, naproxen and co-codamol, but even this cocktail at times doesn't help with the deliberating pain.
i have been losing a lot of time from my job as sometimes I am over run with pain and unable to function.
ive had physio early on with no effect & all of these meds.
the last time I saw this surgeon, he suggested further physio on the NHS (I'm uk based). The first appointment has come through for 22nd November.
i am in so much pain, the thought of further physio terrifies me. As does the thought of being in this pain any longer - it's been intolerable for nearly 6 months.
my GP and the guy who did emg have both suggested that surgery is the answer - but I worry the orthapedic surgeon will fob me off again.
what should I do, how should I approach this? The surgeon is very stand offish and barely let me speak last time.
i just want my life back and be out of pain and working. My bosses have been supportive so far, but I feel they want answers now too.
any advice greatly received. Thanks for reading.