Jul 22, 2012 - 9:25 pm
As posted a week ago, had my 6-month check with oncologist and all went great. Unfortunately I've not been able to keep my lower back pain at a good level, so he requested an MRI.
Results of MRI -- moderate disk protrusion on L5 vertebra, appearing to compress S1 nerve root. Basically what this is saying, my lowest vertebra L5 is bulging and pushing on my S1 (sacrum) nerve (as well affecting the sciatica nerve).
As I've been dealing with this pain for the past 2 years and my chiropractor was able to control it, now it has intensified to where I have difficulty putting weight on my foot. I'm using Aleve and lots of icing to keep inflammation down. All of these options are helping, but want to nip this pain in the butt now.
My oncologist and chiropractor suggested a neurosurgeon to see what options they'd suggest. Can tell you, I'll do ANYTHING to avoid surgery...just not what direction I ever want to go, therefore, had many people suggest other specialized docs, thinking with the word "surgeon" in this specialists name, they'll wanna push surgery.
Anyone have suggestion on what type doc I should see who'll work with other options???? Go right to a therapist? Acupuncturist? Orthopedic who deals with only the spine and anything with nerves? My insurance deductible is very high, meaning I pay for everything out of pocket until this big deductible amount is met, therefore, can't afford to try every specialist...simply hoping to zoom in on the ONE~
Thanks.... appreciate any input for the ONE!!