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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Yes, he could if he would. I'd rather he send me to an Ortho if he would. I do not want to see that NS again..I just wouldn't feel comfortable with her after she (or her nurse practioner) wouldn't try to help me with this other pain. I should say though that my pcp has tried several things, including toradol injections, muscle relaxant injections, mobic, naproxen, arthrotec, etc. oh and vitamin d. I can't understand why he hasn't referred me to someone. I like this doctor because I've seen him for over 15 years and I hate to change but I feel like I may have too. He knows I'm not a drug seeker because I can't take most of it...makes me very sick. My son tries to get me to go back to the doctor everyday but I keep saying 'what's the use?' So far I've gotten worse instead of better and it truly does stink.
    Debbie
  • Debbie, Does your insurance require a referral? If not I'd start asking people in your immediate circle about experiences with Neurosurgeons or Orthos that they may have had a good experience with and make your own appointment. It was amazing to me that as I started to talk to people that I got some of the best advice. Why don't you narrow down your issues too for the new doc just for the moment. Start with your cervical since it is your biggest problem. That's what I had to do. I had a neurologist trying to help me with my migraines and a ortho helping me with my cervical issues. I couldn't keep flipping between doctors. I was wearing myself out! So I took care of my neck and once the surgery was over and I was stronger went back to the neurologist about my headaches. My GP was stuck in the middle of it all and trying to do her best to get me from point A to point b all the while. So if you really like your GP and have a good relationship with that person I'd be hesitant to just toss that one aside. The good ones are really hard to come by. Oh and one last thing. Once I had a doctor's name in my hand my GP was great about offering me the referral to whichever doctor I suggested. Just my thoughts here.
    Thinking of you always,
    Tonya
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  • What kind of insurance do you have? I bill insurance companies is why I ask so maybe I can assists you more. I think the above post has got something by suggesting you go to your pcp and say I am finding a new doctor asap. He/she will ask why? You say because you and your referral buddies are not helping me that's why! I am in serious pain here and if the tables were turned around you wouldn't be happy either.

    Or option 2: Go to the emergency room. Describe all your pain and have them refer you to a ortho doc. when I fell and hurt my Knee I tore my ACL. They did a MRI and referred me to a Orthopedic surgeon. That could be quicker. Until all of this is fixed I would find a pool and soak in it. I would also if you can take anti inflamatories, they take a week to start working but they will reduce your pain. At the pharmacies they have heat pain patches to apply to areas that are in pain. I used them and they do help you feel a little better. Good Luck
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Thanks Tonya and shortfuse. It isn't my insurance that requires a referral it's the specialists. I agree that I need to focus on one area at a time. I've been seeking a solution to my lower back/leg pain because it really keeps me from doing a lot that I need to do. I had decided to wait a while for my neck issues but these new symptoms have concerned me. My right hand tingles and burns like it's asleep and I have this terrible pinching pain between my neck and shoulder. But my back pain has gotten worse too. It hurts even lower and is really a pain in the butt if you know what I mean. This started about the time this new neck symptom did. I'm so aggravated. Thank you for your advice and suggestions. I appreciate it so much. Also thanks for listening to me complain.
    Debbie
  • Your very Welcome
    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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  • DEbbiE~
    Myelogram dye can cause a reaction which can lead to arachnoiditis. This is a serious problem and can start as you are describing. Look it up. It can lead to disabling symptoms if not quickly acknowledged and treated to help stop the progress. I don't want to scare you--- want you to be aware. Let your doctors(s) know you are being undertreated for pain and you heard myelograms and injections can iin rare cases lead to arachnoiditis. Let them know you just learned this and because the neuro is being so elusive with you --you are even more concerned. You deserve better treatment. Do not allow these doctors to brush you off. Its your right to request your records. Do not behave passively and ignore your symptoms. This will make you complicit in the allowing poor quality healthcare.
    Bridgie
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Thanks. I know I have been letting them 'ignore' me and not take this as seriously as it is. I am one to make light of my pain when people ask about it..including my doctor. I usually end up talking to him more about his problems and his family than anything. That's my fault though. I do know that something is going to have to be done. I can't stand even riding in the car. It's getting worse. Thanks again. I hope you're doing well.

    Debbie

  • Debbie: I'm the same way with my doctors. Just curious, were your parents of the type that never talked about being sick, never took a day off work, and always smiled graciously and engaged in polite and even happy conversation, even when they are severely ill? My father did so until the day he died of cancer. I think that's where I get it. I always apologize for complaining, even when it's legitimate. They need a class to teach us how to portray ourselves honestly, am I right?

    I'm sorry to hear you're getting worse. Have you been able to get a referral yet?
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Yes my mom was like that also until the day she died of cancer. She always worried more about everyone else instead of herself. My dad was just the opposite and almost drove me crazy (I'm sorry to say) until the day he died. Whatever was wrong with him was my fault for some reason even though I was the one who took care of him like a baby. I've always said that I'll never do my son that way.
    I haven't been back to the doctor yet. We're going through a money shortage problem right now and there's no stimulus money to help out. lol. I'm having trouble even paying my copays on meds.
    I hope you're having a good day today. You can complain to me anytime. I understand. That's what I like about this site.

    Debbie
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