Wrong Doctor For Me?

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/10/2009 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of shoulder pain.

I told my pain doctor about this increase in pain and I told him that I thought I
needed an x-ray.

He said to have my primary care doctor refer me to one.

I told him that because of circumstances I have no primary care doctor in this big
city we live in.

He hemmed. He hawed. He asked the women who work in his office.
"Where can we find a primary care doctor for poor Pamela." No one knew.

So then he said he would send me to his own doctor.

I said that would be fine. So now I'm going to a heart doctor! A cardiologist. I do
take blood pressure medicine, but my numbers are always 120/70. What will my
insurance think of that?

How do you think a heart doctor will be different from a primary care doc?

My pain doctor is ordering the MRI, etc and he will be the one to read them. (I'm not
sure that's quite right.)

You know, it's really hard to go against your pain doctor. When one has chronic
pain, that's the man or woman that literally keeps you alive.

Pamela

edt
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   Posted 3/10/2009 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Pamela,

Thats weird, does he think the shoulder pain may be a cardiac symptom and wants to rule out a problem with your Heart? 

XXOO
Patti

 


uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pamela friend,
What a strange thing to do... A heart doc for shoulder pain? What next? Men going to the gynocologist for knee pain? Ha Ha.

So, how are you today? I am going for my MRI in a few hours, can't wait to see the results.

Me.
 
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
edt aka Patti,

My pain doctor did not know of another doctor besides the one he goes to. Apparently,
he has heart trouble and he trusts his doctor. So, with this trust in mind, he sends
me to a cardiologist. I sure don't think he suspects I have heart trouble because of my
shoulder and neck pain. It will probably mean a few more tests.

Well, ME, I did have a primary care doctor, but I fired him. You see, he sent me to
have a colonoscopy because I have a pain in my SHOULDER. (Ever hear of a constipated
shoulder?)
Now my very own trusted Pain Doctor send me to a cardiologist for a pain in my
SHOULDER. (Ever hear of someone dying of a shoulder attack?)

A girls' gotta do whatta girls' gotta do. I'll go to the heart doctor.

Think about this part: My pain doctor will read my MRI's (and all those other
tests) That's a good thing because he does not profit from giving me surgery.
If an orthopedic surgeon should read my MRI, he could probably find all sorts of
problems to cut on.

Pamela rolleyes

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Me,

I'll check back later to find out about your MRI. I don't think you'll have
the results today.

However, you can remind us what an MRI is like. I haven't had one for
a couple of years. I hear I'm getting sedation. Does that mean I'm gonna
get a tranquilizer or could it possibly mean I'll have something IV? I told
the office I was VERY claustrophobic.

I hope you said the same, dear friend.

Pamela rolleyes

White Beard
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   Posted 3/10/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela
Some people that have say Gall bladder problems, have what they call deferred pain and they have pain in there shoulder area, so I could see them ordering a Cholecystography it is a test, actually a scan to check for Gall stones and gall bladder function. I know I went to the doc last year I was having trouble with lots of nausea and vomiting and bad shoulder pain, the doc pressed on my upper right quadrant of my abdomen and asked if it hurt, I said NO, but that sure made my shoulder hurt like crazy, a couple of days later they ran that test, and I had my Gallbadder removed the following week. So may I ask are you sure your doctor said Colonoscopy? and not Cholecystography? For quite a few people with abdominal problems, gall bladder, stomach, liver, they have deferrred pain, and it is usually in the shoulder area. Even some people that have heart attacks don't feel pain in their chest but rather in their, back and neck and arms,. So maybe......
Good Luck to You
White Beard
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disability!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
 
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
WhiteBeard ...
OMG ... When my stomach is upset my shoulder get worse. I would NEVER EVER
have thought of that.
Well, hmmmmm.... another thing to worry about. Ack!
Thanks White Beard.
Pamela

I used to be afraid of Santa Clause because I thought He had a HUGE chin and he
covered it up with white hair. I sat on his lap when I was five and I remember
wanting to pinch in and see if it was flesh or simply white fur.

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White Beard
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   Posted 3/11/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Well I  do have a Santa Beard it is white as the snow, but my hair is still brown, but getting white around the ears and the eyelashes are turning! wink  

Pamela Seroiusly though  is it  your right shoulder that hurts,? allot of times when a persons, gall bladder is acting up they have right shoulder pain and it can be any where in the shoulder, often around the shoulder blade area. Your gall bladder can give you stomach problems, I felt neauseated so much and it was difficult to eat because an hour or two later after I would eat, ( sometimes less) I would get sick or at least feel sick and my right shoulder would just ache like the dickens! I had never thought about till I went to the Doctor but those are clasic signs! I should of known we learned them in nursing school! But admittely I have been out of it for quite a while!


 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Pamela, at least your going to be seen by a doctor and at least any heart problems can
be ruled out, I agree with WhiteBeard in that pain in different area's can be deferred and
that something else might be the cause, I just hope it's nothing too serious and will
send you lots of soft hugz....
Keep us posted...
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, White Beard & Chartreux,

I have thought of cancelling my MRI appointment. I am afraid of the results.

I am worried that there's something wrong with my shouldesr and the radiologists will suggest that I have surgery ... to save my life or something.

In that case, my pain doctor would scream and say "No more pain medicine for you. You must go to surgery."

I, seriously, DO NOT want to go to sugery.

I say "No. No. No." like Amy Winehouse.

Pamela

Oh weirdness, my shoulder pain switches shoulders. The pain is never in both at the same time. For that, I am grateful. But confused.

White Beard
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela Is your MRI of your shoulder? If so that is good, they show so much more that Xrays, and there is no radiation in volved as there is in Xrays or Cat Scans.! So definitely have the MRI!
 Any it was in May of 2007 I had my Galll Bladder out, as I said I right shoulder pain kind of under the bottom inside of my shoulder blade. After the gall badder came out the shoulder blade pain was gone, but I still had problems with my right shoulder,  I had an MRI done on it and had numerous stereoid injections and PT, they finally ended up doing arthroscopy surgery on it to shave the bone down and clean it out to release an entrapped nerve, and then of course more PT.
Anyway I do wish your luck, and I hope your MRI turns out,( how ever you want it to turn out) smile!
 
Good Luck to YOU!
 
White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

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