Hello, Spinal - Health world, my name is Jeff/42 and I have delivered your bills for 21 years now.
About ten years ago I injured my back just doing my regular pack mule job and had a small bout with a locked back, not being able to straighten up followed by some months of PT. I was able to continue my delivery lifestyle in the elements with no real issue for the next eight years until I had another bout with the same symptoms and the same PT, only this time it didn't go away. About five months into my PT with no improvement I was sent in for an MRI and the company doctor pointed out a small herniation in one of my lower disk and told me to give it some time, so I did. At about the 8 month mark the company doctor started getting a little pushy (in a polite way) with the PT and saying I should have improved by now, so I went out to seek a second opinion of my MRI results. The second specialist looked over my MRI and pointed out a bunch of other disk that had herniated and closed off along with spondylosis, arthritic back and a severe case of spinal stenosis. I suffer from daily bouts with sciatica shooting down both legs, one more than the other and can only sit, stand, walk in moderation or as tolerated. After two years of looking for a 'miracle cure,' I've found that moderation in movement is the key to avoiding the bad kind of pain and have become really well acquainted with my bodies forms of communication with me. The second doctor, bless him, was honest with me and allowed me to fully understand why I was feeling this pain and opened the door to my getting educated on these changes to my body. This education allowed me to fully adjust my lifestyle in order to avoid unnecessary sciatic attacks and cut back on the pain killers which had become a normal part of my everyday.
Has anyone else had experience with a half-interested medical professional that holds back telling you what your MRI shows?