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Confusion

I had an appointment with my old pal PA L* today.  This was meant to be my pain management follow-up from the last injection I had, the injection to try to figure out if my pain was related to my SI joint.  Which I knew, having lived inside my body with my SI joint.

The diagnostic part of the injection worked, giving me relief for the first several hours, but the steroid didn't work.  Just like the last seven or eight injections.

I tell this to PA L*.  I also tell her that Dr. CGL doesn't want me to go ahead with spinal cord stimulation until we have ruled out everything else.  Which I tend to think is smart.  I'm not interested in masking the pain until I have tried everything to actually fix it.

So I tell this to PA L*, and she is incensed that Dr. CGL doesn't even want to do the spinal cord stimulation trial.  I passed both the MRI and the Pysch clearance hurdles, so I could go ahead with the spinal cord stimulator, but I can't figure out what the best answer is.  I asked her what the next steps were... and she said that there weren't any.

Sigh.  Really?  Then she said maybe I should get a second opinion to help me figure out what I needed to do next.

Fine.  I'll talk to some more doctors.  Maybe they will have the answer?

The system grinds on...


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