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was misdiagnosed concerning my neck

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  • Posted By: jim_pa
  • February 16, 2007
  • 03:54 PM

Hi All,

I have an injury that I was told was a shoulder sprain. I went with the prescribed treatment of muscle relaxants and PT. When asked about neck pain I did not have constant pain so I told DR. that and kept pointing to center of pain in upper left shoulder area base of neck. I was told this was the scapula? In any case this went on for a few months until the DR. basically told me there was nothing more they could do. I said what about an MRI to rule out other problems (imagine that I had to ask for the MRI) the MRI ordered was of my left shoulder since the center of pain was in the upper left shoulder. The MRI showed a tear in my rotator cuff and I was sent to an orthopedic surgeon. I was told I needed to have rotator surgery and this would fix the problem. Not that I didn’t agree with the surgeon but he was telling me that the recovery was 3-6 months and I would have a 7 inch incision. (Btw- this was a worked related accident that was reported right away) I continued to work full time for fear of upsetting my employer and the news that I would need surgery to fix this scared me. I asked employer if I could seek a 2nd opinion. They agreed. Within a couple of weeks (it takes this long just to get an appt these days) I scheduled with another ortho DR. expecting to get re-enforcement concerning the need for rotator surgery. To my surprise the DR. said his opinion was that there was something going on in my neck to cause the center of pain in my shoulder. He ordered an MRI of the c-spine. This came back to show a bulging disk. Workers comp was quick to send me a letter of denial with an exception to repair the rotator cuff. I assumed that with the newest diagnosis the neck issues would get added (wrong) I am now trying to pay for and seek treatment for my neck as the original DR. will not do rotator surgery until I do. Is this how thing work anymore? The DR. failed to diagnose the entire scope of my problem and I am left holding the bag and paying for this all on my own until I can get the neck fixed they will not touch the shoulder. In pain but still working due to fear of losing my job but don’t know where to turn.

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