Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Tying to get my doc to do anything
    hrhoades posted:
    I have had the following symptoms for the last few years periodically but since last fall they have been persistent and have increased in severity. I am struggling every day now. I have been to my doc, who I like, but he is reluctant to say it is anything but stress, anxiety and so on. I will not take any meds (former dependency issue) so I frequently get the "try this and come back if it doesn't help". I'm going in next week for a physical and going to push for a referral.

    Persistent daily pain. Minimal in the morning but increases as the day goes on. Activity like lifting at work or home aggravates it.

    Sharp pain in my spine between shoulder blades.
    Tearing/Pinching sensations in my back, shoulder, clavicle, biceps, forearms.
    Joints on left side feel sore and or swollen (stabbing in joints) almost continuously (hard to pull in the clutch on my bike when my hand flares up)
    I lose dexterity often in my left arm/hand and have this disconnected feeling.
    fingertips go numb or pin pricks.

    I have recently had a blood panel done, nothing out of the ordinary. I take no meds (not even aspirin) because of my drug problem years ago.

    I eat gluten free so my diet is mostly veggies, rice, non processed meats (at least try to avoid), dairy and fruits.

    I am not anxious about the pain anymore, but its daily now and I am exhausted. A glass of wine helps a great deal but too much and the next day I feel like I'm being torn apart.

    any suggestions on how to convince my doc (and HMO who keeps canceling referrals to physical therapy) to make the next move?

    I suffered two pretty sever back injuries in the past which this pain seems to be originating from.

    Any suggestions is appreciated.


    Featuring Experts

    Stephanie knows multiple sclerosis as a patient and as a nurse. Stephanie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013. Shortly after being diagnosed...More

    Helpful Tips

    the walking drug, ampyra
    was diagnosedwith MS in 2000. my walking has been getting harder to do but i was still able to work. i recently had an exacerbation of my ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    52 of 63 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.