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I'm new to this forum but not to CS. I'm in the US, but there are very few good forums here regarding CS.
I'm a 37 year old female. Just thought I'd mention my frustration with doctors regarding this condition.
So far my primary care doctor has been the only one that has listened to my pain concerns at all!! I went and had an MRI done. The MRI came back with mild spondylosis in my C-spine but no \"significant\" nerve impingement. Since then, this MRI seems to tell every doctor that I could not possible have pain and also that my pain is not in any way related to my CS. Might I add that when I lie down, the pain gets better and the MRI's are taken while you are lying down of course. Hmmmm.
Every day for the last 5 months I've had almost constant nerve pain that travels from my shoulder blade, up my neck, across the back of my head and sometimes up into my jaw. It burns, it aches and it gnaws. I also get numbness in my fingers, weakness in my hands (can't open cans or jars) and sometimes so much weakness on that side I can barely lift my arm to put on my make up.
I've been to two different Pain Doctors. One Pain Doctor is part of the Spine Center at the hospital I work at. The other Doctor is part of a physical rehabilitation center and also supposedly a specialist at EMG (nerve conduction testing) Both are the Medical Directors for their departments and several of the medical boards.
Both talked to me for about five minutes, gave me a quick exam and then told me the pain is in no way related to my CS. They told me to go to PT and told me that with the pain I just need to \"tough it out\" since it will \"go away\". The first doctor gave me some exercises to start at home immediately until I could get into PT (which was three weeks away) Within 2 days of doing these exercises I was crying and in so much pain I couldn't get off the couch. Luckily my primary care doctor as prescribed me some muscle relaxers and ativan because it's the only thing that helps. Ibuprofren doesn't touch it.
The second doctor I went to see at the rehabilitation center took me to the front desk to schedule my PT. The front desk lady told him it would be 3-4 weeks before they could get me in and he told me that was \"fine, since I've already been in pain for awhile i can wait a little longer\". After that, an older man came in and I heard him tell this same doctor that he had numbness in his hands when he took a walk. And then the doctor told him that they would do some EMG testing immediately.
Now, why would the other guy get treated this way for some numbness and I get shooed away and told to \"just deal with it\"?? And why would countless doctors tell me that this pain has NOTHING to do with Cervical Spondylosis when these symtoms are classic symptoms of CS. You can look on any website and find these symtoms!!
So far, the only thing I have going for me is my primary care doctor and a really good chiropractor I've found. If it wasn't for those two, I really don't know how I could go on. I cannot put into words how much it hurts to have multiple doctors not listen to me and not take me seriously.
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