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Thanks for advice, still need more! :)

lavenderthistlellavenderthistle Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ok, I called the spine center...they seemed to think this might be urgent so my appointment is next Monday. They originally told me they were scheduled 2wks to a month out. I meet with a PA for initial visit and poking then they will order tests etc.. I am writing my time line of injury, and symptoms. I have HORRIBLE white coat anxiety and I don't register pain normally. I'm kind of like a car at the mechanic...it usually doesn't act up until I'm away.....now the advice part;

Aside from injuries and symptoms what else should I include?

Do I mention that this was possibly misdiagnosed as CTS, Tennis elbow, and that a ganglion cyst developed in the left hand? I've been doing research into RSI (chiro said this was scalene syndrome a type of RSI) and it was noted that ganglion cysts can sometimes form.

Do I share that I don't like to cuddle? I feel irritable? I have anxiety? Insomnia? I don't want to seem like a basket case, but don't want to leave out pertinent info either.

Thanks you all have been great!



  • I'm so glad that you're seeing the new doc on Monday. Not happy that you have to, but glad they're getting you in.

    In my humble opinion, I don't think that there's anything you SHOULDN'T mention. Better to give more information than less. Since you have the white coat anxiety (I used to have that problem), do write down everything that you're experiencing, physically and psychologically (although I'm not sure they'll care if you don't like to cuddle LOL).

    When I first went to my surgeon after my MRI, I didn't think I was hurting too bad, but I have a fairly high pain tolerance. So I downplayed a lot of it thinking it really wasn't much. But after the testing (xrays, finger-flipping, testing arm strength, etc., and looking at my films) my surgeon asked me if I was having bowel and bladder problems. He also asked if I had been clumsy lately and looking back, I had been dropping things and running into an occasional corner of a wall. He put me on the fast track to surgery because it was much worse than my PCP told me or than I thought it was. So I guess my point in telling you this is that you don't have to be in pain while at the appointment for them to know if something is wrong. It should show on your films and all the testing.

    I'm very relieved that you're seeing the doc on Monday and am anxious to hear what they say. The hard part sometimes is the wait to hear what the results of the MRI is. My surgical center does onsite x-rays, so I get his opinion right away on those, but there's almost always a wait for the MRI results.

    Take care and of course, keep us posted.
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