I am looking for opinions regarding my situtation. I have had my last PT, 2 close friends in the medical field (nurses), even a client of mine that works for my present doctor's department....encourage me to get another opinion. I have one friend, also medical (occupational therapist) say what would be the point of another opinion?!
I am at a crossroads....i have had pain for over 2 years from the base of my head to the bottom of my shoulder blades with a distinct point of a knife thru me right bw the shoulder blades. Horrible muscles (the worst my pt had seen), in constant contraction, very limit head rotation, flex, extension and so on. Pain into my fingers, thumb, middle and ring. Lots of elbow and shoulder pain. MRI 1/08 states herniation and bone spur complex at c56, emg came back normal (though the guy testing it said i still have carpel tunnel - though I do not at all have the same pain in my hands as i did before i had the surgeries).
Do I try to see a Nuerologist or a Rhometory (sp) arthritis doc. My present Phy rehab guys, said there is arthritis in my neck, but not the diabling kind (???).
I honestly hope to get some improvement in my situation...but do not want to doctor shop, but do I need to do this to be my own advocate. I truely have had only my GP, one orhto (did a thoracic mri - which said unremarkable who had me go to the pain magt department) and that is where I presently am. I have had 3 doctors within the department, due to retirement and the state of my muscles (sent to phy rehab - muscle are really a mess).
Question for your opinions, do I seek out a nuerologist or an arthritis doc - or just except what i have and try to live with it. Presently, I am waiting for the results of a cpk blood test. and will see my doc in July.
thank you patti