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    Quote Originally Posted by DBragg View Post
    OK. Getting a second opinion will take time. I am currently unable to work due to the pain. Relafen doesn't help much. Tramadol only makes me feel strange and I still hurt. Do the anti-convulsants or anti-depressants help most people?
    Have you tried the combination of tylenol and naprosyn/ibuprofen?

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    When this flared up in early October I self medicated with Naproxen and Tylenol. I was sternly admonished by the GP for taking 2640mg of naproxen daily to cope with the pain and had me try Voltaren... which was pretty worthless. The sports medicine osteo prescribed the Relafen, Flexeril, and a small scrip for the Tramadol. The Flexeril does let me sleep some.

    I think there might a reticence to try traction at this point because of the alleged curvature of T1-4, although I have not framed the question in that way to the Dr. The PT exercises seem to make my symptoms worse, and I was advised as such at the beginning.

    What are we trying to get to with the second opinion? Nerve conduction study? Surgery?

    The untold part of this story is that I went in for shoulder and bicep pain in the first quarter of this year. My beloved pullups and chins were quite painful. The Dr ordered x-rays of the shoulder which indicated arthritis. They basically said welcome to not being young anymore, suck it up buttercup. They prescribed 8-10 weeks of shoulder PT. Mostly external rotation activities with rubber bands. I think the PT just wanted to keep her book of business full. When I pressed to see a specialist I was told that PT was mandatory first. At that point I wasn't hurting nearly as bad as I currently am and I resolved to change providers rather than waste any more time with KP. In retrospect, not demanding to see the specialist after PT concluded was a mistake, which would have been around May or June. When open enrollment happened in September, I was still pissed enough to change providers, so I did. My pain didn't really ratchet up until October, by which time the insurance horse had left the barn. My new insurance does not kick in until January 1st. So, even if can get a second quack to review my symptoms by mid December, there isn't going to be much time on the calendar for treatment. Once the new Dr's are available to me, it may take some time to be seen... Self inflicted? Yeah, sort of. But I really didn't foresee this taking a turn for the worse in October, as it seemed to be a moderately painful nagging shoulder issue. My point is that a legitimate second opinion probably wont be available for another 6 week. Its my belief that the current medical provider is going stall, distract, and delay until the end of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBragg View Post
    What are we trying to get to with the second opinion? Nerve conduction study? Surgery?
    The fact that he's never sent anyone to surgery suggests to me that he hasn't seen a lot of these cases, some of which obviously require surgery. Cervical surgery is not the same shitty thing as lumbar surgery. Get a second opinion.

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    Roger that.

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