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Sep 30, 2015 4:18 PM

Hi, I have been suffering with pain in different parts of my body for about a year..
I just presumed that I have worked to hard.. I'm a dog walker..and maybe that the dogs have pulled me.
I have been seeing a chiropractor for about 6 months without much relief.. to the point he doesn't even know why.
It was only after talking to a friend and she mentioned it that I have since looked into it.. and it seems this may explain why I feel the way I feel..
I have a doctor's appointment on Friday.. so I'm hoping I may get some help..
How do u make a doctor listen to u

Sep 30, 2015 4:40 PM

Piggy, do you have health insurance? If you do, you can ask your doctor to order an MRI of your knee/knees to find out what the problem is. I have chondromalcia in both (inflammation of the cartilege?) a meniscus tear on the left knee and a sprained ligament on the right. As a dog walker it's good you're getting checked--there are definitely things you can do. Physical therapy might help more than chiro for the knees-there are exercises they can show you to help strengthen the surrounding muscles and take some strain off the knees. I also know a few people who had non invasive surgery on their knees and had great results. Often the doctor has to give you a prescription for physical therapy, then hopefully insurance will help cover the cost. Great job by the way🐕🐩

Sep 30, 2015 4:44 PM

Piggy I'm so sorry!! I confused your post with another person asking about knees--I should have come home from the doctor and taken a nap! I hope you find good advice here from people who are not having brain fog like me--please forgive me!!

Sep 30, 2015 5:23 PM

It's fine.. thanks anyway..
And no to health insurance 😢

Sep 30, 2015 8:00 PM

Piggy, my advice for getting the doctor to listen to you is to be precise. "I am experiencing pain in my [body part] that is severe enough to prevent me from doing/interfere with me doing [activity]." Pain is so subjective it is difficult to describe to other people, but "I have days where my legs refuse to bear my weight" is more meaningful than "my legs hurt." (I hope your pain is not that bad, of course) Try to think of any related symptoms (fatigue is a common one). When is your pain worst (morning, evening, after exercising?). What does it feel like (sharp? dull? constant? comes and goes?). What helps (aspirin, heating pads, ice?) The more information you can give your doctor the sooner you can get a diagnosis. I don't recommend suggesting one, but do mention factors that seem relevant (like your profession). And don't let them cut you off before you finish telling them what you need to! Good luck! I hope you get some relief!

Sep 30, 2015 9:31 PM

Piggy YOU need to be very concise in how you explain your pain, and level of pain. On what causes the pain, and what makes it feel better. When I hurt my back I told my Dr that my pain level stayed a 10, I couldn't stand for very long,sit for very long the only relief I got was laying down, taking norc. I had a MRI, with contrast, it showed I had a Syrinx in C 7 to L12. I had to have back surgery. Later I was dx with Fibromyalgia. Good luck.

Sep 30, 2015 9:59 PM

Piggy, welcome! Getting a doctor to listen is tricky. Or it has been for me, too many want to talk over me. I make a list of symptoms and questions. Keep it short and on point. Make eye contact and don't be afraid to suggest a diagnosis of you have something in mind. Good luck! I'll say a prayer you'll get a compassionate and caring doctor, and answers. 🙏🌼

Oct 01, 2015 12:17 AM

I find making a list helpful, I also got a silhouette of a person and coloured in my usual painful areas. Red for intense pain, orange for pain and yellow for slight pain, leaving areas that don't bother me much white. My doctor found it very helpful.

Oct 01, 2015 1:05 AM

Sorry you don't have health insurance, ugh. This doctor today said they're are all about to stop taking insurance anyway because it pays them "pennies on the dollar". What a scam, the insurance industry!! I do wish you luck and hope you get some answers soon. And welcome!

Oct 01, 2015 3:28 AM

Thankyou. .
It seems most of you are from overseas.. I'm in uk

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