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Exit I forgot to mention the name of the doctor I was seeing in my last post.
Then again I don't know if this is something I am allowed to do. I will say that he worked in Lewistion at Central Maine Rheumatology.
As far as seeing a Doctor of Osteopathy. My pain doctor is a DO so yes I am seeing one but he has never pin pointed my problem. I do think he suspects I might have discogenic pain but I can't say. He did perform an EMG study on me but not in any area in which I hurt. It of course did not show anything.
Now things are Worse. I have another appointment with him and the nurse practioner on November 5th. I want to get my point across about how my neck, shoulders, face, is not acceptable but I have been trying for years and it hasn't helped. The reason I stay with them is because they are in all actuality very nice and RX pain meds for which no one else has.
Of course I don't want the meds I want my neck fixed if possible or a diagnosis that says my neck, cervical spine, is causing some of my problems. I know there is more going on but my neck is a priority.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I get them to listen to me about all these symptoms ad order a new MRI, CT scan. Preferably one with contrast. To be honest I want to have a myelogram done (I know that must sound strange) but they won't order it and I think it would be very valuable in showing the true issue.
When was your most recent MRI? Do you have a copy of the results? You say they were normal, right? But showed a disc herniation. Disc herniations can cause a whole mess of problems, I can imagine especially in the neck.
Why don't you ask your doctor what would be the benefits of having a new MRI, CT done, etc. It might just be that you don't really need one done. It's not good for your body to get too many CTs because of the amount of radiation you are exposed to during the test, which could be one reason you're not getting one; as far as the MRI, they are extremely expensive and the benefit to you may be very slim, especially if you've had a recent one and no major trauma since the last test.
I know how frustrating it is to not have an answer to what is causing your discomfort. It's great to have faith in the medicine and diagnostics that are available to us, but when they don't help, the frustration festers. Does your D.O. do any manual treatment at all? A lot of D.O.s don't keep up on their manual medicine, which is why it's important to find one who does, if you're having musculoskeletal issues.
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