I've had x-rays blood work and MRI done but they all come back negative. Does anybody recommend what my next step should be. I'm not making it up and my doctor seems to be done with it. I am a single mother who needs to work. I really don't know what else to do
I'm assuming this is not a work related injury for starters. First thing I would do would be to get a referral from your GP to either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedics surgeon who specializes in spinal problems. I would also request thru your GP that copies of the scans and the blood workup be included with the referral letter to the specialist. If you get any grief, you can request them yourself. If you have to do this, I'd suggest taking a copy of the referral letter when you ask.
You can choose your referral doctor or let your GP pick one for you. There are websites that provide information from patients on how well they believe they were treated by doctors so it sometimes pays to do a little research to see if any specialist in your area stands out or has a number of dissatisfied patients. Incidentally, the referral specialist will likely request new scans even though you already have existing scans.
Also, write a brief bullet point type memo that provides the essentials of your pain - when you first noticed it, where the pain is, what treatment, if any, you've already had. The more base data you can provide the specialist, the more likely s/he will be able to hone in on what is causing your pain. This is a shot out of the blue, but there are various types of peripheral neuropathy that can cause nerve pain that don't show up on scans. These nervous system disorders, depending on the type of peripheral neuropathy, can range from causing almost no noticeable physical problems up to variations that are miserable to live with. If, by chance, the specialist can't find a cause, you may want to be tested for peripheral neuropathy. Usually neurologists handle this type of disorder, including treatment, that may or may not help.
If by chance your pain is work related, or you think it could be work related, I would jump to what follows as your first step: Hire a lawyer who specializes in worker's compensation cases. Again, do some research and try to find one who treats his clients well and generally bases his fee on a percentage of the award if you win the case versus a fee no matter what. An attorney who specializes in worker's comp. cases will know the steps to take to hopefully help you win, but more importantly, perhaps help you to get better.
Regardless of how the pain started, your current doctor isn't doing you any good so it's in your best interest to see a specialist who should be able to help more than your GP has so far. Good luck.
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