Please help - opinions on physiatrist

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   Posted 1/1/2018 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Several doctors have been unable to diagnose my lower abdominal pain has anyone worked with a physiatrist with any success. Doctors have been able to rule out any organ damage which is good news - bad news is I still have pain

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   Posted 1/2/2018 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes a physiatrist is great, sometimes you need an anesthesiology-trained doc. I have both, working together in my group. Love them both!

My physiatrist is more like a rheumatologist, doesn't work on thoracic or cervical issues. My anesthesia-trained pain doc works anywhere, but doesn't do the nerve studies. He's great on neck injections, which should never be done by a physiatrist. Both can do lumbar injections. Thoracic injections or procedures need to be done in an OR, by the anesthesiologist, because of the danger of hitting a lung.

My general surgaon does all my (way to many needed) abdominal surgeries, colostomies, scopes. You could also see an internal medicine specialist or a gastroenterologist, or all of them. It's OK to ask for a second opinion! I've done it a few times!! I avoided (refused) having a foot of sigmoid colon removed, and that was probably why I later needed at least 3 more surgeries for my diverticulae (diverticulum, plural). (see also diverticulitis) I asked for just draining the infection. Not the greatest idea, only because it worked fine for my brother. Should have gotten a second opinion from a better surgeon. This guy had hams for hands, so I was turned off, scared. It would have been open surgery. My later surgeon did it laparoscopically - a MUCH better choice!

Get a second opinion!

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   Posted 1/3/2018 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been to several doctors already two of which suggested physiatrist so I am willing to give it a try. If nothing else can get my nerve conduction study done

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   Posted 1/18/2018 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My physiatris has done several nerve conduction test.

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   Posted 1/19/2018 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
This a great question, being your own advocate!

Anxiety, worry, PTSD all can cause physical pain.

Here is a link to an article that may be helpful and you may want to print out and share with your doctor.


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