Thanks you guys. Bummer to hear you were up too, it really is no fun not being able to sleep.
White Beard, I've also got pretty mixed emotions about Mayo. Their pain clinic for the most part has been great, though all of the doctors there I have seen were fellows so I keep having to see new people each time I go up. Its nice to get a fresh perspective, but it would also be nice to have someone who already knows me. My only other problem with the pain clinic is that they were really pushing the spinal implant, even though I had not had a definite diagnosis from anyone. Made me pretty nervous, but still everyone there was very compassionate, went out of their way to be helpful, and you could tell they really care about their patients.
Their ortho department, however, was a very different experience. I was very, very, very frustrated with their "top" shoulder guy. He didn't actually touch my shoulder during my exam, and addressed my dad during my appointment. I'm in my early twenties, and granted I look young for my age, but not THAT young. He was asking my dad how much pain I was in. He then told me that he could find nothing wrong, and as that was my second appointment with him, that he didn't think they could do anything else for me. Turns out one of my diagnosis is bursitis, which is a decently common shoulder problem. My shoulder cracks and pops, loudly and painfully, and did not do so before I fell the first time. When I asked him what was causing it, his reply was that "sometimes shoulders just do that." Needless to say, I will not be seeing him again.
Hope everybody gets some sleep tonight!
Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Oxycodone, Diazepan, Hydrocodone-APAP, Tramadol, Voltaren/Duac gel
Also random hearing loss in both ears at age 18ish, not sure exactly when it happened or why. Got amazing Oticon hearing aids at 20, they've worked wonders! Keep hoping that my doctors can connect my ears to my shoulder and fix them both all at once!! A girl can dream, right?