Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Yesterday, I had my last appointment with my shoulder specialist. I explained to him what was going on between my shoulder and my neck. He said that my shoulder range of motion was great, but that I show a slight weakness on the left. Oh what a surprise! Not! The pain I'm having in the shoulder apparently isn't coming from the shoulder. It is coming from the spine and drum roll please, possibly not from the cervical spine but from the thoracic spine. The pain in my neck is most likely coming from my neck. Now there's a shocker! I asked him if he would write a note to my neurosurgeon, telling him his opinion and he was hesitant without referring me to a spine specialist. That sounded very reasonable to me, so I've already made the appointment for next week.
A spine specialist is a doctor who looks at the bones in the spine but doesn't do spine surgery. It only took me an nano second to decide that this was a great idea. Such a specialist will add another piece of valuable information to my ongoing saga. So next week will be filled with three appointments for my spine. One for pain treatment, one for nerve testing and one for spine evaluation.
This time around, I refuse to wait until I'm totally incapacitated by pain and loss of limb movement before taking a stand. I will try not to panic when the pain sets in (as it already has) and be more pro active from the very beginning. I will be a little less trusting of others and listen to my gut reaction. I will ask more questions, take a friend with me to verify what I've heard and push forward seeking a solution. I will try not to get as angry, frustrated and upset but focus on facts and seek information. My goal will be to protect myself and be my own advocate. I hope to act assertive without being aggressive.
That will be new for me as I have approached some of my doctors in the past in a very frustrated manner. It is very hard to keep your focus on facts and information when you are writhing in pain. I plan to enlist the help of a counselor to help me cope with my frustration and strategy in my quest for answers. I will not be beaten by my condition!!!!!