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I've now entered a world of new terms for ailments. Returned to my GP today as I'm still suffering intense pain in my head, neck, right arm and hand, and he gave me a sick note for another week for cervicalgia. Of course I had to google it when I got home and it's, basically, neck pain!! (have to say I suspected that) what's worrying me is that my left arm is starting to come out in sympathy. I know that's only because I've been using it a lot more due to my right arm being so painful. hey ho. onward and upward eh?

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    Cervicalgia. That's a new one. Give it a new name...that'll keep em busy for a while.

    It just makes me think that some GPs are simply choosing the path of least resistance. That's to say they diagnose the lowest common denominator condition for the symptoms we describe, and then, by a process of elimination over many visits they might eventually arrive at the correct diagnosis. And all done in good faith and with the best interests of the patients at heart. Perhaps they figure that merely suggesting it might not be the C/S which you suspect for good reasons, then the symptoms might follow suit and become less to worry about. If only the power of suggestion was as useful to us as it is to them. Alternatively, I would have thought that eliminating the worst possible diagnosis would be the priority, and if there's any uncertainty, then a referral to a specialist should be their first move. We've all been throught these processes and consequently just added to the confusion of how best to treat the condition.

    If there was a failsafe method for reading the symptoms correctly then we wouldn't have to submit ourselves to side-tracking advice.

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    Hi Folks,

    I'm back again.

    I am interested in this new word \"cervicalgia\". I know \"algia\" means pain and \"cervic\" means neck so it must mean that a pain in the arse can be referred to as \"arsalgia\". Well I've got that too, continuous pain in my lower back that is.

    I have just been diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia (another \"algia\"wink on top of Cervical Spondylosis, Lumber Spondylosis (arsalgia) and Tennis Elbow. The Rhumo doc has referred me to see an occupational terrorist but there is a six month waiting list. At long last I will see a physio terrorist tomorrow afternoon, I only had to wait three months for that appointment.

    I am hoping to be issued with an elbow crutch or two to help me walk. The pain in my lower back (arsalgia) has been made worse by the balance problems that can come with CS. This is making walking rather painful. I also have increased tingling, numbness and pains in both legs.

    The other day I had to struggle to my local disability shop to buy a walking stick, I needed one with a shaped grip. I wanted to buy elbow crutches but they only had \"pink\" so that was a no no. Using any sort of stick hurts my hands, in fact I can't even use one at all left-handed due to the tennis elbow. I am at greater risk of falling over which could in turn make my arsalgia worse.

    Cervicalgia may be what that other poster had who claimed they were cured of CS.



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    I love that term 'arsalgia' is the new black in my world smile sounds like your list of conditions is growing at a rate of knotts. I, too, have 'arsalgia' and tennis elbow in my right elbow. I've been shopping at ASDA today and used a small trolley but my right arm felt like it was exploding by the time I got to the checkout. Now I remember why I usually shop on line. Off to see my physio again on Tuesday after I've been to an outpatient appointment for my gall stone (discovered when I went for a liver scan) never a dull moment eh?
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    I totally agree about the stigmatisation of people on benefits I am a 53 year old woman who suffers from osteo arthritis + severe asthma, I left school on the Friday + started work on the Monday I have worked all my life this is the first time I have ever had a sick note + the doctors look at you as if your the scum of the earth when you say your sick note is up + you need a new one their attitude is disgusting in fact the money I get is contribution based so it is coming from my national insurance stamp that I have worked for I think the doctors must be getting some sort of insentive for every person they get off the sick + force to sign on for work even although the person still feels ill it's disgusting.

    I recently changed my doctor only to find out they are all singing from the same hymm sheet he gave me a sick note for 2 weeks after a heated conversation with him + thats what he put on my sick note cervicalgia even although I have been to hospital + had an xray that proves I have osteo arthritis + all the discs in my neck have colapsed into each other welded into one,

    I got on the computer to google cervicalgia + the doctor is obviously trying to play it down as not important this new doctor said to me without even examining me I don't see why osteo arthritis stops you from working !!!

    I'd love to see him suffer the pain I do + work it's all right for them in their cushy part time work + well paid jobs.

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