So a follow up to Matt's back spinal situation ~~~ I went back to the original Dr and sat down with him and said "lets talk about this MRI". "Its great" he says again, "No problems." I said, "Really than what about right here where it says lower lumbar facet arothropathy". "Oh well that is arthritis of the spine", and he goes into much detail about how the spine works, blah, blah, blah. Matt then says "Well it really *%$&ing hurts (Nice Matt - lovely choice of phrasing - good God.) The Dr started to say something else, and I said, "you know what really worries me more is right here where it states he has narrowing of the spine on both upper and lower that is resulting in mild bilateral foraminal stenosis. He came in here for incontinence, which can be one of the symptoms of stenosis." He takes the paper from my hand, and just looks at it. I said "there are 2 reports here you know - upper and lower - they are not duplicates". "Oh", he says. "You know to tell you the truth I think you should see a specialist I don't really know what this means or how to interpret it." OMG!!!! I just shook my head. Matt at this point being in the "fine" mood he has been in these last 2 weeks just walked out of the office and walked home. The Dr said, "But I am sure that is not what is causing the incontinence, it is probably just too much caffeine." Really???? Possible but not likely given the MRI. The Dr had promised me the visit would be free because we had seen his stupid PA THREE times this week with no results - but nope - they reneged and said that the session had extended into also talking about his blood pressure - so there was a charge. I was SO mad..................I almost did a Matt and walked. I should have, but I just gave them a huge lecture about poor patient service, paid and left. GRRRR. So at this point, I am sending his MRI results to my Mom's best friends' husband who is an orthopedic surgeon, who is Portland OR and done this many years. Rather than waste anymore money or car trips to Flagstaff I want to know exactly what these results mean, and where to go from here. I do feel bad for Matt - he seems to be in increasingly more pain - and the doctors are refusing to give him narcotics because of "addiction possibilities". So I am not sure how this is all going to pan all out - yet another trial in his life. I think we are both used to it at this point. It really never seems to stop.