Same here surgeon trashed my nerves during surgery 22 years ago. Not a days rest from the lower back pain. Did all the hoops for about 8 years with minimal results. Just walk and swim plus stretch, worked better then all the other procedures nerve burning, shots , physical therapy etc. I can't pack much more than 15-20 lbs.I hear you about the risks of surgery , they screwed my BIL's back up big time . Those are all good questions , and I've not been able to articulate it in that form when talking to the dr , I printed them off , thank you .
I wonder two things -
1 - Is the Dr just going through the "steps" required by the insurance companies ? Does he know what they will and will not approve ? It seemed like the pain doc was defending Dr Prasher's decision , and wanted to establish a plan of action , starting with the cream . Maybe to appease the insurance companies ?
2-Do I have to be in a lot more pain than I am in to be taken seriously ? I get that I'm old and can't expect to feel like a kid again , but it would be nice not to hurt and have some confidence that I can do the things I want . Maybe I'm using this as a crutch , but it's hard to work out when it just causes more pain .