I wish Dr. Patel could experience one of my bad pain days. He literally did not give two shits about how much his decision mattered to me.
I've been slowly figuring out the source of my chronic pain for the last year. One of the contributing factors is a herniated disc. I've tried all conservative treatment methods and was finally ready to discuss surgery.
This guy dismissed me because my MRI doesn't match my symptoms. The disc is bulging in the middle and not impacting the nerves on the imaging. The last doctor I saw diagnosed neurogenic claudication in my legs, which explains a lot of my symptoms. Yet Dr. Patel wouldn't even consider surgery. Instead he asked about my A1C and weight. He was my absolute last hope for fixing my back and regaining a little bit of my mobility. Instead, I am facing a future in my wheelchair. If the condition progresses further there could be severe nerve damage. So you know what, fuck you, Dr. Viral Patel. I hope you lose sleep over this decision.