This afternoon I had a call from my health nurse at Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She calls about once or twice a month to check up on me. Today I told her that I only have 1 more session of physical therapy before I'm maxed out on visits for the year (I'm granted 30 total between PT and chiropractic care). Obviously I've had a lot done and it's yielded very little results and I'm definitely NOWHERE close to where I want to be. Still have pain, burning, tightness in the right shoulder (although not as much as before) and since beginning therapy, the pain and tightness is now on the left side as well. Traction seems to help somewhat but within a couple of hours I'm right back to square one.
Anyway I'm giving the low down to the health nurse and she asked me if anyone has recommended I see a neurosurgeon to me and I told her no. She says I really should make an appointment to see one as the things I've done have not helped. At my last visit with the orthopedic doctor I was told I carry tension all in my shoulders and neck. PT says the exact same thing and that I just need to focus on relaxing the muscles. She, the therapist, also believes (as does the chiropractor I saw 3 times) it's part of the c-7 herniation. I have a hard time with the 'just relax' advice because I've had this for two years already.
I see my orthopedic doc November 3rd and I don't know what's next for me. Should I wait take the wait and see approach for her recommendation or do I take this health nurse's advice and make an appointment? And what will a neurosurgeon do for chronic tight muscles and scar tissue (that's what causes the clavicle burning and catching), if anything? I just don't know what warrants a trip to a neurosurgeon. The orthopedic doc says my herniated discs are mild and to me that says I'm probably overthinking the suggestion from the insurance health nurse. But on the otherhand I feel like this whole year has just been a huge waste with all of the conservative treatments I've been through. Somewhere in this rambling of a thread I'm sure I've answered my own question but I can't see it. lol Thanks for reading if you've made it this far and I appreciate any advice or suggestions.