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handyhannah medical advice needed
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Hey Handyhannah I guess I have somewhat of a major medical problem and so asking for some advice. There might be a Dr. on here that could give some comments also. So I was misdiagnosed with Shingles back in early May I think that time frame is right. I went to work one day and had so much pain in my right arm and mostly in my right collarbone I couldn't stand it. They diagnosed me with Shingles as the Urgent Care had 6-10 cases of that for the week because of high pollen counts and weak immune systems. They gave me a week tx for Shingles and also a week of Percocet as the pain was that bad. Never had any relief and hate to say this but my family practice pretty much has dropped the ball on this. I am thinking of changing practices as they never call me back and have no clue was is going on with me. I had X rays done to check for problems to see what was going on with my collarbone. When I called in they said my shoulder was fine. Not lol I then had a Cat scan done before I went out to see Howard in Colorado the end of July. results only showed degenerated discs in 2 discs in my lower back from heavy lifting over the years.

Fast forward a couple of weeks after I came back from Colorado and they(family practice) referred me to a neurologist. They then sent me to their surgery center. 3 weeks ago they put 2 steroid injections in my neck hoping to ease the pain. They messed up big time and hit a nerve going to my right arm and I complained after the 1st injection and they thought I guess I was just a whiner. They then hit me the 2nd time at the same spot even though my arm went into a convulsion after the 1st injection. I drove myself home after signing paperwork and went to work only using my left arm. The shot was given to me on Monday around 10:30 AM Tuesday morning I was in so much pain I had to drive myself to the hospital at 2 AM in the morning. They really didn't want to treat me as they saw how messed up I was. My fingers on my right hand swelled up to 2-3 size of normal size and my tendon in my right elbow was shooting pain down my arm about every 5 seconds and my fingers were somewhat numb. He said(Dr) he would give me a shot to help me make it thru the night and hope to settle down the pain some. They gave me a shot in my muscle in my right leg which helped some. Now fast forward almost 3 weeks later and my right arm is somewhat getting back to normal but still not 100% healed.

Called my family Doc and asked them to refer me to orthopedics. Should I instead ask to get sent to some place to get a nerve test done but don't know what that consists of. Hershey Medical is a great facility here and about 50 miles away. My tv in my living room went out and I am noticing when I sit up in my bed that the pain in my collarbone seems to flair up. Should I be requesting to go to a Dr. that deals with back pain issues to see if I get that fixed maybe my collarbone pain will go away.

Any suggestions or help from anybody would be greatly appreciated. I have to cancel my ortho appt. soon if I don't want to go see them as it is set up for 9/5

The pain has come and gone in my collarbone ever since and I never know when it is going to hit. Stress seems to set it off and flairs up at night at times.

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Zman
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Have you thought about going to a chiropractor? They are specialists in this type of pain (assuming it is spine related.) I was having issues a few years ago with pinched nerve causing pain in my shoulder and upper arm. The chiropractor found a issue and resolved it in a couple of visits. My internist at the time recommended seeing the chiropractor which I thought surprising.

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Have you thought about going to a chiropractor? They are specialists in this type of pain (assuming it is spine related.) I was having issues a few years ago with pinched nerve causing pain in my shoulder and upper arm. The chiropractor found a issue and resolved it in a couple of visits. My internist at the time recommended seeing the chiropractor which I thought surprising.

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Tim thanks for that reply. For sure that might be a short term fix but I am guessing the long term fix is to get the disc in my back fixed that are degenerative. I am leaving Thursday for Kansas to do my first gravel race. Due to lack of training I have decided to drop back from the 120 miler(Pony Express 120)to what was suppose to be a 66 miler gravel race. The info we received this week was that the 120 miler is now 125 and the 66 is now 75. It probably is going to be a suffer fest for me for sure.

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Wheat especially and grain in general can cause back disc degeneration and joint problems. Suggest a wheat belly diet.

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Wheat especially and grain in general can cause back disc degeneration and joint problems. Suggest a wheat belly diet.
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Too late, he has the issue already.

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Zman, yikes! I would definitely still see an ortho, since they specialize in the musculoskeletal system. Have you got the appointment yet?
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Zman, yikes! I would definitely still see an ortho, since they specialize in the musculoskeletal system. Have you got the appointment yet?
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Yes this Tuesday.

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Wheat especially and grain in general can cause back disc degeneration and joint problems. Suggest a wheat belly diet.
-- posted by maschwab
Too late, he has the issue already.
-- posted by tojesky


Yeah I have never eaten enough wheat in my lifetime for that to be an issue. What has caused it was some crazy lifting heavy objects when I was younger and didn't know any better or didn't know my own strength at times while lifting logs in firewood cutting.


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Wow. I hope you find some relief. Truly bizarre stuff happening.

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Wow. I hope you find some relief. Truly bizarre stuff happening.
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Thanks here is the kicker though. I stand on concrete all day and so kind of have borderline plantar fasciitis so even on a good day I'm not too crazy about riding after work. Throw what has happened to me since May and needless to say I didn't get much riding in this summer. The shining moment was getting at least a chance to go to Colorado and ride some with Howard.


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No offense-how did they mis diagnose you with shingles?. Did you ever get a rash with this?
My first thought after reading this was a chiropractor or an ortho person. I am perplexed about you getting injections then having arm hand swelling. I would be darned leary of them touching me for a 2nd time but you were brave for sure. Keep us posted on your recovery and gravel run/ride
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