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bjruby72bbjruby72 Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2015 - 2:09 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Having pain from my spine around shoulder blade area..all muscles in my shoulder blade,shoulder,and upper arm all hurt soo bad. Its between a toothache and burning sensation. Dr put me on narcotics for the pain. Andbnow added a steroid pack. He informs me could be muscular OR a disc. He then tells me my insurance likes to wait 6 weeks before prescribing an MRI. Are you serious????
I insisted he TRY to submit it for approval. I pay good money for insurance. I would like to think we can do better than GUESS whats wrong and wait 6 weeks to see what happens. I just dont understand it. Has anyone else had this happen?
And any advice for exercises or anything to help would be greatly appreciated!!

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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  • Was this recent doctors visit the first time seeing your doctor for this condition? My doctor did the exact same thing the very first time I seen him for neck issues. My mri wasn't for at least a year. He said most issue will resolve and a mri' will open up a can of worms that was best not knowing. Mri's cost 1500.00 at least. Did your pain start gradually or suddenly? Was there an accident?

    Most insurance companies do restrict certain procedures until conservative measures are done first. I've been there, hang in there!!
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • Each and every time I had a flare up I was told to rest it and use heat because it wasn't superficial. The steroid is a super anti inflammatory which will decrease inflammation which then will reduce pain. The narcotics will help too. I would do anything that hurts the area. Did your doctor give you any instructions???
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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