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dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,515
edited 03/02/2017 - 1:14 PM in Spine-Health Announcements

while you may have provided us with
some information, there is always more to provide.

one of the most important things
that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much
information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to
respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to
indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just
trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can
start responding to your thread.

so many times we read about members
who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and
information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the
fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and
without any concerns.  many times it takes several diagnostic tests and
procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you
should answer:

when did this first start

  • at what age?
  • was it a result of an accident or trauma
  • are there others in your family with similar medical
    conditions?
  • are there others in your family with similar medication
    conditions?
  • what doctors have you seen (orthopedic, neurosurgeon,
    spine specialist, etc)
  • which doctor did you start with? (primary care
    physician, orthopedic, ?
  • what kind of doctor are you currently seeing>
  • what kind of treatments have you had? conservative or
    aggressive ?
    • physical therapy
    • spinal injections
    • ultrasound/tens unit
    • acupuncture
    • massage therapy

what kind of diagnostic tests have
you had and what were the results

  • mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc

summarize the results, please do not
post all details, we cannot analyze them. how many different tests have you had
over the years?

what medications are you currently
using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • name of medication
  • how long have you been using this?

has surgery been discussed as an
option? if so, what kind)

  • is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
  • what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like
this will the member community a better understanding of your situation and
make it easier to respond to your discussion.

please take a look at our forum
rules:  forum rules

i also strongly suggest that you
take a look at our  faq (frequently asked questions) which can be found
under your avatar or by going to
faq   there
you will find much information that will help you better utilize the
spine-health system

please remember that no one at
spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.

everything that is posted here is
based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research. as such, no
member is permitted to provide

  • analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie
    mri, ctscan, xray, etc)
  • medical advice of any kind
  • recommendations in terms of medications, treatments,
    exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could
spell disaster for another. you should also consult your doctor to better
understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

diagnosing spinal problems can be
very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the
diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the
patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective
they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide
the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having
information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

 




Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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