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6/6/11 8:28 A

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I also believe you need to see a rheumatologist to find out the true causes of your pain, I feel with you, I have had both hips replaced last year which decreased my pain so much.
Hope you feel better soon

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6/6/11 1:58 A

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Got agree with all these ladies. My Rheumatologist is the one who diagnosed me, took the pictures, sent me for treatment, and gave me medis to help along the way. But - - - - if it is hurting in so many places, and if it doesn't always hurt in the same place, it could be Fibro, and and also could be CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). My DD has that, and it is debilitating. I love my Dr., but he is a great explainer! If he didn't I'd be looking for someone who did.
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6/5/11 1:30 A

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Sorry to hear that you are suffering & in pain as I do understand.
I would have to agree with SOSMEGOD, especially if you can find a good Rheumatologist which I was lucky enough to do ... he really checked everything all over & listened ... also sent me for xrays etc to confirm his diagnosis (and he was spot on) and prescribed pills which are sulphur based & you do have to have regular blood tests, but oh my goodness I couldn't believe how much better I was able to move & not have tears in my eyes with every step. Although it is hard do not stop moving even if only a slow walk & gentle exercise it will help, ok.
I wish you well and hope you find some answers & pain relief soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sammy

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6/3/11 4:46 P

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Have you tried seein a Rheumatologist yet? They usually will cover the whole body as to whats bothering you. Talk to your FP doctor about a referrel. If your hurting this bad all over you could have something other then just OsteoArthritis. You could have Fibromyalgia or RA. I would check it out.

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6/3/11 4:31 P

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Because ortho surgeons specialize. They rarely cover more than one or two joints. Odds are he is focusing on the joint that is either more destroyed or it is the root of the other issues. For example bad knee/hip when its actually just a bad knee that needs replaced. Once replaced you quit overcompensating and the hip settles down.

Back/cervical are tricky and complicated cases. They tend to focus on the least invasive route until necessary.

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6/3/11 3:33 P

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Has your surgeon explained why he's doing what he's doing (ignoring other issues and just concentrating on thing at a time)? If this was me (and I had wonderful treatment from my orthopedic surgeon) I would ask him why if he hasn't explained and if you still don't feel comfortable/satisfied with his reasons, you need to shop around and get another opinon. There's nothing wrong with getting 2nd and even 3rd opinions. It could be that they're all related and he feels he needs to address the more serious issues first.

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6/3/11 3:16 P

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Asking for advice. Started seeing an ortho for my joint pain last year. My frustration is he wants to focus on one area at a time. My problem is everything hurts. Am I seeing the wrong kind of doctor?

First he focused on my back but my neck pain makes life miserable. Physical therapy for my back sent my hip pain through the roof. Now my hands are hurting.

Any advice?

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