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    I must be worse than I thought...

    I tried to make an appointment with an orthopedist (I figured I'd find a way to get there), but he said he couldn't help me, so it didn't make any sense for me to see him. I'v been dumped by a few pain docs over the years after they couldn't do anything with my pains, but this is the first ortho. Always something.

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    [This message was edited by alan on 02-18-05 at 08:15 PM.]

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    At least he was honest!
    There are many types of doctors treating pain nowadays.Some are physiatrists (rehab doctors) specializing in pain. Some areanesthesiologists- which is probably the highest percentage right now.
    They are continuing to learn more about pain develop medications and strategies for treatment of pain. SCI pain is certainly a common experience for those with it. Gabapentin is commonly prescribed.
    I would encourage you to continue seeking a pain specialist who might help you.
    Call your VA centers. CARF accredited rehab hospitals, and see whom they recommend. Most have an outpatient clinic that has a doctor seeing the patients for pain or they can recommend someone.

    CWO

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    Actually, my pain doc is an anesthesiologist (though he has no ideas at the moment.) I wasn't looking for another one. I was looking for an orthopedist to check my scoliosis and tell me if it warrants surgery, different kind of bracing, or something else.

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    Hey Alan,
    I'm finally (Hopefully) gettingto the point where I've got to do something about the scoliosis which I know exacerbates my shoulder problem and the 2 combined are making the pain intolerable, not to mention the burning. Like you, I hadly ever sleep. I can't work anymore and after 29 yrs. that's driving me crazy too.
    Unlike you, however, every orthopedic Dr.I see wants to do surgery. I'm just trying to get them all in one place. i know you hate to travel, but I'd do about anything for the scoliosis. I'm leaning heavily towards the V.A. but during my searches Dr. Shelokov seems pretty impressive when it comes to scoliosis. I just don't think I have the resources to go as far as Plano Tx. He's been the subject of some C/C threads on scoliosis, but you might be interested in reading up on his clinic.Just do a google search, he's easy to find.
    He'll send you a dvd and has staff to answer questions via e-mail.WR

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    I'll google him. So far, I can still reach the keys.

    I feel like the pictures on the scoliosis sites. Like my vertebrae are squishing each other.


    Alan

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    [This message was edited by alan on 02-20-05 at 07:47 PM.]

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