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   Posted 11/12/2006 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Please help me if you can, I've got some questions and I hope someone here can give me some answers.
I went to a chiropractor due to back pain (I had been in a car accident in 1997 my doctor said I had sprained the whole left side of my spine)) I was having, the chiropractor had me go for an MRI, dicovered Osteoarthritis (lots of inflamation) and so he sent me to a pain management clinic where I've just had my 2nd set of injections. Now I'm back with the chiropractor and it''s helping.
My first question is should I go see a specialist in the field of arthritis to get an oficial (MD) diagnosis (have blood work done)?
If I see a specialist then what do I tell ond do with the pain management clinic?
Whom do you all see for your arthritis?
If I see a speicalist in Arthritis then can I still go to the pain management clinic or not?

Harley Diva
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   Posted 11/12/2006 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have arthritis on Xray I would suggest seeing a rheumatologist. He or she would known what to do for you........Fawn

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   Posted 11/13/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   


for osteoarthritis you can see a regular internist (internal medicine) or a DO or a rheumatologist.  if it is the spine that is the issue...a spine specialist would be prime.  for osteoarthritis, there really isn't much to do with bloodwork besides keeping track of your vit D and calcium....osteo is diagnosed through films (xrays).  a rheummy may not always treat pain.  they will RX nsaids but rarely narcotics.  if you're seeing a regular MD they can RX painkillers if you need them, but if you go to a pain'll have to stick with them for your pain meds.  bascially, only one place is going to be writing your pain meds.

personally, i would see a spine specialist & a rheummy. all bases covered.

right now, my rheummy keeps track of my RA and RXs my RA meds; my GI RXs my GI meds; and my primary doc RXs my pain meds.

are you seeing an MD at all currently?

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   Posted 11/13/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Erin
Thank you for the respose.
My pain management doctor is an MD.
My chircpractor today said really did not need to see an arthritis specialist yet.
I also see an Asthma/allergy doctor, an Opthalmologist , a PCP when needed and a OB/GYN doctor which I'm overdue to see so I book that appointment for January.
My family is just not supportive that''s why I have all the questions, sorry

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   Posted 11/14/2006 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't be sorry for anything! That's what we are here for... It can be hard for our families since they don't understand our situations, they tend to not be supportive... But feel free to always come here and yell, scream, vent, cry.. anything.. we all do it and feel so much better afterward!
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