Time to look for another physician?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by FS Driver, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    i rarely seek a doctor unless i'm very ill so i find myself to have been
    3 years since my last visit.
    i had severe pain in my shoulder that started out pain there then started to work its way down to a tingleing then a numbing of my forearm ,wrist , pinkie finger and ring finger,
    my strength has deminished in my left hand to half or less of what my right hand has, and i feel like i am an invalid when i try to open my van doors with that hand.
    i dont pick up anything breakable or something too heavy for fear i might drop it in that hand.
    i went to a chiropractor and he took xrays and i have diminished discs in my neck to the point i'm pinching a nerve that is causeing this now pain in my arm/wrist and back.
    he said this doesn't start overnight and that i nhave been dealing with this for some time and it has finally reached the point i cant take it anymore.
    and would only get worse.
    i thought it was going to be a straightening out of my spine and i'd be good to go , but it will be several weeks of visits and physical therepy
    and i might be repairable without surgery .
    my question in the title is not about this chiropractor but instead its about my family physician.
    i called his office to make an appointment to see if he could prescribe
    me some medication to ease my pain and they said since its been 3 years since he seen me last i would be treated as a new patient and it would be 2 weeks before he could see me.
    i'm thinking forget this guy and find another doctor.
    i mean a person saying he has pain or numbness in his left arm ,or any arm shouldnt they be concerned of heart problems?
    in 2 weeks i could die by that time.
    i feel if hes not any more concerned for my well being than that that i would be better off seeing a horse doctor . not to knock a vet . i would probably be treated better.
    i have had 2 visits now and i brought home a neck traction device tonite and used it my first time tonite and have to do this for a while now twice a day to help stretch my neck out.
    its hell getting old:confused2:
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I broke my neck in 2000 and its really giving me fits.A long time I went through the pain ang numbness/tingling in my arm.Now its bad headaches/neckaches 2-4 times a week.The Dr I've seen for 7 years won't write anything for pain.They say their gonna refer me but nothing yet.I'm gonna find another one real soon.I can't keep on like this with no relief.Also,I have a shoulder problem thats not going away.
    I'd find a Dr that cares about you ASAP!!!
     

  3. micus

    micus New Member

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    I would definitely drop a doc with that attitude. In the past I had private physcians who I might go years between visits and never had one do that to me. I would no longer trust him to put my interests ahead of his own.
     
  4. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Darryl you should take Johns advice and get a new Dr. The symptoms your having are the same ones i had with carpal tunnel syndrome, they actually thought i was having a heart attack.. Usually the tingling and numbness in the ring finger pain in the left arm chest and neck is a good indication of carpal tunnel. Just make sure whatever it is you have a good Dr.
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I forgot.Go back in my threads,I started a thread not too long ago about needing a neck/back surgeon.Lots of good info in it.If I can get the link,I'll post it.
     
  6. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    Darryl it's not the getting old so much as the constant banging fellas who work with their hands take in a period of time. But I'd sure get in somewhere for an EKG also. What if it is yer heart? I think Dr's get bad rep sometimes as ya got to beat yer way past all the flowered smocks, half of whom don't even work in the field of medicine. Used to be that if ya saw scrubs on someone they were nurses or technicians of one specialty or other. Now the office managers and clerical folks look like medical folks, and they could give squat if ya keeled over in front of em, long as the bills are paid. Go figure. Hope ya feel better.
     
  7. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I have the same symtoms ... and I know I have degenaterive disc desiese , but I havent been to a chryoin years either and i found that a D O [Doctor of ostiopathy.]? helped way more than a cyroprator and much quicker.
     
  8. doctor2

    doctor2 New Member

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    MRI of your cervical (neck) spine (evaluates disks/pinched nerves best).
    Nerve conduction velocity testing of your arm/wrist (neurologist) to diagnose nerve pain/numbness origin and nature of nerve damage.
    Symptoms @ C-7 and C-8 ( ring and pinkie finger) suggest cubital tunnel syndrome from damage to your ulnar nerve (at elbow) or from nerve pinch/damage at the origin of that nerve in your neck from disk or bony spur(s) of the vertebrae. See your\another doctor ASAP. Sorry for your poor experience with your doctors front office. You might consider trying again if you were satisfied with his or her care in the past.
     
  9. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Randy welcome to the BOC, were glad your here!!!
     
  10. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    At the numerous amout of people i have talked too that has my husband's problems. His was so bad he finally ended up with neck surgery one each year. Now he has his strength back but is in constant pain. He's been on the Narcotic Percocet for two years nows.What you describe as your symptoms were his exactly 100 percent.What we had to do is go to our primary care and she referred him to three different Specialists.The 3rd being a Spine Specialist.He ended up on December 16 2004 with a very long surgery that started at noon and didn't end until 5pm.He came out of that one with a hard brace he wore around his neck for 6 months.Problem was he didn't heal.So we moved to our home state of Missouri and finally got hooked up with another spine Specialist who after testing discovered another disk gone bad.So November 2005 He went into Surgery again.This time things were replaced with plates and screws.We owe a huge thanks to Union Pacific RailRoad as thats where it all began.With the next 5 days we are suppose to get an answer on disability.He has been unable to hold a job for 2 years now.
    Brother if anyone understands what you are going through it's myself and CatfishJohn. Find a Primary Care that will get you referred to the right people.If this is not throughly investigated you will get worse. Not to scare you,but you will.Further more not to brag at all about myself just been my experience you will need someone other than your child to take care of you.This is a 24 hour a day 7 days a week to help you during recooperation. Now,not only is my husband on pain meds but I am putting icy hot on his neck and shoulders 4-5 times a day just to help him strive for a little relief. Good luck brother and don't set on this please find another doctor soon! Please keep us posted as to your progress cause we all care!:sad_2a:
     
  11. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    DRC brother I fell your pain as I have a fracture in a vertebra in the neck and a ruptured disk as well. I know your in some pain and the fear of dropping thins and numbness. I have been told that I have let mine go so long that surgery will not fix the numbness and the odd or only 50-50 they can help with the pain. I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as there will be times you will hurt so bad you can’t sleep and, if you are like me you don’t like pain pills and just hearing you asking about something for pain is a bad sign. Brother you may want to check with you insurance company and see if they will cover a trip to a Neurological Surgeon. I hate to say that but I think you need to see a specialist before it get worse. Please see someone about this soon. There is nothing they can do for me right now but you don't need to suffer no longer that you have too with this.
     
  12. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    This is what happens when ya don't get the extended warranty. LOL! Keep on their butts and get squared away.
     
  13. Hope

    Hope New Member

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    Darryl,

    You've gotten alot of helpful advice here. Just wanted to say that physical therapy and chiropractic helped alot with the effects of my herniated disc... and that happened 15 years ago, before I got old :smile2: I also have degenerating discs... and over the years, all this has caused several extremely painful episodes, usually when I'd try to lift something I had no business lifting. I'm sorry to say that I never found any pain med helpful at that point.

    About your doctor's office... if you trust that physician and felt he treated you well previously, I'd call back and insist that the staff allow you to speak with his nurse. Letting them know you won't back down may cut through some of their robotic behavior.

    But the main thing is... don't let all this psych you out. I well remember how I felt when first diagnosed with this junk... it's like :eek:oooh: I'm falling apart. Not so, young man!! :wink: All of this can be managed and doesn't have to be like an anvil weighin you down. It can seem impossible to see that when you're in pain and not gettin satisfactory medical support, but it's true. Hang in there, brother... you're in my prayers.

    Carolyn
     
  14. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I had to have left ulnar release in my left arm a cpl years ago.My pinky and ring finger were going numb a lot.I thought it was damage from my neck but the doc said otherwise.It helped that part but the Dr didn't give a nerve block(or whatever) and caused EXTREME pain during that.
    They also told me when I fractured C6 in 2000 that its only a matter of time until surgery.C6 has lost abt 40% of its mass and protrudes into my spinal cord.I think thats part of my headaches.

    DRC,
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you Brother!
    You've gotten some great advice from a Great family!!!
    Also-- PM me(i'll give you my #) if you need anything or just wanna talk!!!
     
  15. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    Some one with pain and numbness where you describe should go directly to the hospital. I believe you have had a heart attack or stroke. I had several mini strokes that produced what you describe. A few weeks later I had a major stroke. That was in 1992 and I will never fully recover. It took me 2 years to get my speech back to about 75% of what it was and I have had to learn to walk again, this is ongoing and I still must sometimes use a wheelchair from time to time.

    You sometimes here people say ( I'm not trying to scare you but ) Well this is not me.
    I am trying to scare you.

    Forget the doctors. If this is going on now put your shoes on and go to hospital.
    Go now.
    Go Quickly.

    Danny
     
  16. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    You've already got tons of good medical advice. Just wanted to add that my GF has degenerative dics disease, and the only pain med that gives her any relief is Vicoprofen. She can't sleep on it though, so she takes Alieve at night. Hope you get the medical attention that you need SOON.
     
  17. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    You are so right the Dr may not be aware thatyou are having problems I would try to talk to him personaly If I had liked his services in the past then go from there
     
  18. Indigo Flats

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    There are doctors on every block: Get one. I would get a physical NOW and point out my problems. You should get a physical every year at your age! Rest assured if I have pain and in my left arm I will head to the nearest ER and not to a chiropractor! You will be surprised how well the doctor will treat you if you get a physical EVERY year.
     
  19. troyedm

    troyedm New Member

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    this is three years for me. lower back degenerative disc disease. took two years of time release morphine to sleep and survive the pain. not a thing they can do, its 6 different discs, so no surgery. finally got in to see my wifes dr. he gave me darvacet, and it does good at 3 a day. loritabs only last about 2 hrs. the morphine would last 12 hrs, but i hurt 10 times worse when i quite taking it. since ive got used to the pain some, i do pretty good on one of those Gell Pads. they will work once you get the pain to subside some. the tylenel in loritabs and darvecet is a liver killer. YOU DO NOT WANT TO OVER MED ON THESE, IT WILL DESTROY YOUR LIVER IN SHORT TIME. saw a dr. at a hospital where my sister worked abuse loritabs. he went down at the hospital and was immediatley taken to dallas for a liver transplant. not a good idea to abuse alchohol with tylenel either. can't really blame the drs either, government is all over there bass about scribing pain meds. guess the government never hurts bad. a trip to the er will get you pain meds till you get into your dr, but don't expect a month supply. differnt meds work different for different people. codene, demeral, loritabs don't work well for me. darvacet works great. tramadol will do in a pinch and is not supposed to be habit forming. my nueroligist gave me tramadol and a antihistimen together and it worked ok. he is a older dr from the teaching hospital of oklahoma university who volenters at the va. va has done all they can, now its just me, my darvacet, and gell pad.
     
  20. troyedm

    troyedm New Member

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    ps my wife is going through the carpal tunnel deal now. i'll keep you posted on what happens with her if you like? she has ddd also and gets by on 800mg ibuprofin. wish it would work for me. soma does help with sleep at night.