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How do you find a doctor who will keep looking for the cause?

Hi All.

New here.

My wife and I had massages last November and her person really gouged her in the middle of her back with an elbow. My wife cried out "ouch" and then asked the gal not to do that anymore. Ever since that minute she has been in constant pain and her condition has worsened to the point where she is in manual physical therapy three times a week after 6 weeks of normal PT. She's been on drugs since December, had MRIs of the back and neck, been to our GP, her Neurologist, a Chicago back specialist for a consult and a Rheumatologist. All have seen the MRI results and they basically indicate that, while there is some sort of disc bulging or something, it is not enough to cause her problems. She doesn't like taking all of the meds so gave those up about three weeks ago. She really can't dress herself without my help, can't really get out of bed without my help, at 48 she is walking around worse than her 84 year old mother and the manual PT basically says the measurements for mobility indicate she is essentially not getting any better. Sometimes she has to go up our stairs step by step on her rear end. I just was giving her a little massage with an electric massager between her shoulder blades, went down gently to the middle of her back and the spot of the trauma is still extremely sensitive. Since November 1, 2012.

Problem: Every physician says it couldn't be the massage (i.e. trauma) that caused this condition even though I was in the room when it happened and watched her deteriorate over the 48 hours right after the incident into her current condition. They all say they don't know what it is but they are quite certain it wasn't the massage. Repeatedly.

We are really frustrated because none of them are even willing to consider that this is due to the trauma. Maybe it isn't but our point is they don't really know because they have not gone any further than MRI, prescribing drugs and PT.

Question: How can we go about finding a doctor who is willing to at least consider that trauma was involved in her condition and start treating it as such? Any advice?

Thanks a lot,

PS - I hope everyone who has back pain/conditions is getting well. This is terrible.


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