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Old 09-28-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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So I finally broke down and scheduled an appt. w/an orthopedic place - can one dr. diagnose everything or do I need to go multiple times? I'm somebody who really waits until completely necessary to go to a dr.

I've had back, shoulder, neck issues for yrs. - did see someone yrs. ago because pain in calf was so bad I thought it was a blood clot - diagnoses: sciatica (test showed several bulging and/or ruptured discs). I also have severe feet problems, included a rather large bone spur, as well as thumb/wrist - so it's making me crazy.

Tried to just "deal" w/all these issues on my own but after yrs. of pain from these (also have fibromyalgia) I decided I need to bite the bullet but it's annoying me to go this route.

I guess bottom line question(s): Do many of you "suck it up" for yrs. and yrs. before seeing someone? Does it sound "hypochondriac" (and my grandmother was so that probably attributes to my avoidance)? Anybody that's fairly fit and not overweight have these issues?

Observation: Seems like much as I'd like it to not be true, you turn a half-century and go to hell in a hand basket! LOL
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Sounds like your problems could be a lot of things, but if you haven't seen a doctor in years, you should see a primary care doc first.

Let me save you some time, they will just bounce you back to a primary care doc first. its partly for diagnosis sake, like I said, your problems could be related to many things, its also partly for their liability. an orthopedic surgeon is a specialist, he could very well miss and underlying cause, like diabetes, heart problems, etc.


Its a pain, but usually you can't just begin and end with one doc. I call it the doc-go-round.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: st marys
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ya but drs love to pop pills on to you. me i went to a chiropractor. Again there is not one chiroractor is the same. there is a computer or a decompresor machine that works on slipped disks. it does take more then one trip to feel better but you will notice the differance. I have gone to one for 16 yrs. i love not having to take pills.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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So I finally broke down and scheduled an appt. w/an orthopedic place - can one dr. diagnose everything or do I need to go multiple times? I'm somebody who really waits until completely necessary to go to a dr.

I've had back, shoulder, neck issues for yrs. - did see someone yrs. ago because pain in calf was so bad I thought it was a blood clot - diagnoses: sciatica (test showed several bulging and/or ruptured discs). I also have severe feet problems, included a rather large bone spur, as well as thumb/wrist - so it's making me crazy.

Tried to just "deal" w/all these issues on my own but after yrs. of pain from these (also have fibromyalgia) I decided I need to bite the bullet but it's annoying me to go this route.

I guess bottom line question(s): Do many of you "suck it up" for yrs. and yrs. before seeing someone? Does it sound "hypochondriac" (and my grandmother was so that probably attributes to my avoidance)? Anybody that's fairly fit and not overweight have these issues?

Observation: Seems like much as I'd like it to not be true, you turn a half-century and go to hell in a hand basket! LOL
Here is an image that will give you an idea of where you have spine problems that affect other parts of the body. Since you're having shoulder pain; it could come from your cervical spine.

dermatomes
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