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  • DaveFusionDDaveFusion Posts: 476
    edited 01/11/2013 - 8:44 PM
    Windycitylady: hi.

    The members have given you lots to think about. He's some more.

    Job: important to stay positive like Ron said. Even when your feeling bad, especially at work. Become an actor, your job is important, if you possibly can, do what's really hard and be as normal as possible there. Many here have lost there's. and lost there insurance and and... Try and have a long term perspective. It's hard, that's why pain relief is important so you can get control of this situation.

    Neurography: it's a specialised modified MRI for seeing and finding nerves being impinged. There's one in Chicago.

    Bone scan: sometimes there can be cysts in the spine that impinge on nerves. These do not show up on MRI. But do on bone scans.

    Dynamic MRI: is a vertical MRI machine that can scan you whilst vertical rather than lying down. It quite often picks up issues not shown on normal MRIs.

    Flex X-ray: X-ray when the neck is flexed forward and backwards. Sometimes finds Spondylolisthesis that is not there when lying down and body supported.

    How to get a doctor to do what you want: well that's one that comes up often. Ron (our System Moderator) seems to be a master at it. He's explained how he's done it often. He essentially directs the consultation with questions and comments that leave a bread crumb trail for the doc to follow that produces the doc to make the decision he wants. Takes knowledge, skill and subtlety.

    Suggest like the others have said that you become your own advocate. But requires you to learn what's here. Also if possible recruit someone trustworthy to go with you to docs. My wife was wonderful with this. She was reasonably up with the technical too. I think the docs sometimes treat you differently with a witness present. And they have to make it simple and logical for her to understand.

    More about the above procedures can be found by using the search function at top of page and putting in those terms.

    Take care.
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