I had a follow up appointment with Dr. CGL. We talked about my SI joint pain and how none of the things we have done so far have helped. We talked about Doc Brutus' (well, PA L's idea anyway) insistence of trying spinal cord stimulation. We talked about my second opinions and his view of what they said. Then we talked about next steps. Here's what the file says:
Significant relief from the SI joint injections on 2 separate occasions, it has become difficult to ignore the probability of the SI joints contributing pain to a significant degree. In this case I would like her to undergo a pars injection for diagnostic purposes at L5 bilaterally and if she does not sustain any transient or eventual relief from the injections, then we will focus our attention on the SI joints and I would likely recommend SI fusion in that case. I would avoid the spinal cord stimulator unless there is no alternative source of pain discoverable or treatable. We will hopefully be able to accomplish this in the next month or 2 with Doc Brutus' helpWhich is what I thought we were trying to do after the last appointment, in May... after which we already did injections. Ugha these things take a long time. I am looking forward to my vacation.