Posted by grandmaR @grandmar, Feb 11, 2018

I have requested an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. I have been rejected 4 times. I was hoping to get information by a doctor on the latest and greatest methods for dealing with spinal issues. Apparently, they have a quota on how many patients they will take with a certain ailment.

I know they have the Pain Rehab, but that is not what I wanted to be involved with at this time.

Has anyone been able to get an appointment? If so, Where? When? How?


Hi @grandmar,

First, I am sorry to hear that you have been unable to get an appointment at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Over the last few years, Mayo Clinic has experienced unusually high demand for appointments, which has exceeded our capacity. We are in the process of addressing the issue. Although it may be frustrating, it is suggested that you consult your personal physician for an examination and should you have or develop a specific problem, your physician can help determine whether a consultation or examination is needed at Mayo Clinic. @grandmar, if you don’t mind me asking, have you talked about a referral or seeking an appointment with Mayo Clinic with your current provider? You may also want to check out the following discussion as well,

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My PCP does not take care of my back issues. I go to a pain doctor. I know what is wrong and where the issues are. I have stenosis in the lumbar and cervical spine, slipped discs, bone spurs and osteoarthritis. There are other issues but I cannot pronounce them.

I have been seeing pain doctors for the last 6 years or so. I’ve been to 5. The first 3 were in New Jersey, where I lived. Those docs did steroid injections and radio ablation. I also went for therapeutic massage, chiropractor, land and aquatic pt and acupuncture with cupping. Nothing worked. Before I moved to Florida, my pain doc suggested I get a spinal stimulator. I did go through the trial period.

When I moved to Florida, 3 1/2 years ago, I asked the stimulator rep if she knew of any pain docs who used her device. She put in touch with a pain doc down here. He felt I didn’t need one, yet. So, I continue with injections that did not give me satisfaction. I was so frustrated that I started doing some research. I found a pain doc about 2 hours away. He was a miracle. He gives me injections in my lumbar spine. I am usually good 8-12 weeks although that was not true for my last shot. As for my cervical spine, we have not been as lucky. He did facet injections, epidural and radio ablation. Nothing works and I continue to get severe headaches that wake me up very early each morning.

About 6 years ago, I went to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins. At that time, he said my cervical was a lot worse than my lumbar. He said it was not a question of if I needed surgery but when. Since I have had no luck getting into Mayo, my hubby and I have decided to see a neurosurgeon. I saw him last week. He said we should do the cervical first since I can get some relief in the lumbar. The doc will remove 2 discs and replace them with 2 artificial discs.

So, I have caught you up. I live with chronic pain which had impacted my life.


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