I am writing this testimonial to emphasize the importance of investigation and search for the root cause of symptoms.
In my case, I had a pain crisis in October, 2010 when I ended up in the ER taking morphine to overcome pain.
MRI done days after showed many problems with cervical. Since the images showed something very critical all the focus of my treatment was directed to the cervical. Fortunatelly, an excellent doctor asked me for an EMG or electromyography and indicated me a professional to do it. Direction was changed since then. EMG showed I have carpal tunnel syndrome and what I felt to be radiculopathy due to cervical issues is in fact a result of this carpal issue. Another MRI also showed that I have also shoulder issues that need to be treated by a specialist.
If I had not been submitted to this EMG I would be directing all efforts to the cervical that is not the main root cause of my symptoms, at least for the moment.
I am now in physiotherapy and hopefully I may be better in the short term.
My cervical issues are - of course - all still here with me but for the moment there are more important things to focus.
I hope somehow this testimonial may help you to direct your treatment with your doctor and to find your the root cause(s) of your problem(s)-symptom(s) as I feel I did.
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional"
may prove to be true to all of us.