waiting is the hardest part
May 22, 2014 4:55 AM Subscribe
Is two weeks too long to wait to see a neurosurgeon for a vertebral fracture?
posted by Red Loop to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So while on vacation in Mexico last week on Thursday I had a low-speed scooter accident and landed flat on my ass, fracturing my L-2. I think it's a bit worse than a typical compression fracture, crushing about 40% on one side. My uncle is a radiologist and looked at my images while I was in Mexico to see if it seemed safe to travel; while he really eschews much of anything but interpreting images he thought that while I could probably travel (and did), I needed to see a neurosurgeon as soon as I was back and that they may want to do something rather than just leave it alone. I went to the ER the day I got back (Sunday), and they just gave me pain meds and referred me to a neuro place; however, the first opening with a PA is a week from tomorrow, which will be just over two weeks after the accident. I can't seem to swing getting in any earlier. I don't know if a radiologist at the ER or just the ER doctor looked at my films, I was kind of out of it and at this point I'd have to go back in person to talk to medical records to see who did look at them, and I don't know if it would have made a difference.
My question— as best as I can tell— is should I be really just fighting for any other way to see someone sooner? This is a small city and there aren't a lot of practices, if you search online pretty much all of them in the area are at this practice. I told them to let me know of any cancellations and I would drop whatever to get there.
Of course you are not my doctor, but is this a ridiculously long time to wait, or is it not that uncommon? It kind of freaks me out to be hanging around like this. I'm trying to go very easy in the meantime.