In 2014 I decided I'd have enough trouble with my shoulder and I went to see a nurse practitioner since my primary doc was out on maternity leave. The NP was pretty useless but she called in one of the docs who suggested I have a MRI of my shoulder. Shortening what could be a long story anyway, my shoulders are not perfect but the pain and weakness is the result of the cervical disk issues discovered in later MRIs.
I've been going to a Pain Clinic for about 18 months and they have been wonderful alleviating the pain from my lower back (2 surgeries there), my knees, (3 surgeries there) and Centralized Pain. But while my back always hurts and makes getting out of bed near impossible most days my left arm is the current issue. It's the result of the cervical disk that is not cooperating. (The disk has been differently identified differently several times. I have extra disks which makes naming them weird.) My left arm is not weak by any means. What is happening though is it is losing dexterity. I cannot hold things, manipulate my fingers easily- it's like my fingers are not listening to what I'm trying to tell them to do.
It seems like other people on here go for EMGs and discograms but with me, my docs see an issue, send me to PT, try meds and refer me to a surgeon. Like another person who was saying he didn't want an MRI because he wasn't having surgery. I know I could out and out refuse surgery but I don't understand why I'm sent to surgeons so fast. when I was younger (I'm 49 now) I thought surgery would be a walk in the park so I was all for it. Now, I live alone on federal disability and I'd like to avoid surgery because it's HARD when I'm on my own! I have friends who would definitely help but I'd be so reluctant to ask!
I feel like there is something that the docs know and don't want to scare me with. There was a medical fellow in training and he would look at my tests and interpret the craziest things! (Aortic aneurysm...) My pain doc did admit that my spine is a mess of bone spurs and arthritis and I have the spine of a 90 year old. It's the only spine I've ever had so I'm reluctant to request a trade-in.
Does anyone else feel like they are green lighted to surgery more quickly than others? I have medicare so it's not better insurance. I'm also in a good relationship with all my docs so no one is trying to kill me off! (I'm humoring myself here!)
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)