Not saying you do, but there are so many people that abuse medications that it is harder for doctors to prescribe something, they are held accountable. There is blood work to see if it is arthritis, it tells the doctor what the sediment rate is. If he suspects it is, he will try a couple things, if this doesn't work, he will refer you to an arthritis specialist, who will then order a bone scan to see if it is truly arthritis and if so, where the arthritis is and he will then discuss treatment plans with you. Also you need to follow up with the same doctor so that they can get a history of what has worked and what hasn't worked. You have to be honest with your doctor and tell them exactly what they pain is and where it is.
It does get frustrating when you think the doctor is not listening, but like I said, because so many people abuse medications, and all the restricts the government puts on them, as well as insurance companies, their hands are tied on what they can really do anymore!
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