Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?
John, I am sorry to hear that you have been suffering with this issue for such a long time.
It sounds like you have spent quite some time trying to get to the bottom of what is going on. I am sure that your previous doctors have thought of, and ruled out, all of the common and easily treatable conditions that could be causing your issues. Would you say this is a correct statement?
Well I think it might be time for you to take a very difficult, and bold, step to see if you can get some relief.
At this point I think the best thing for you to do would be to gather up copies of all your medical records and travel to a large University Teaching hospital. At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.
I know that it is going to take significant effort on your part, but I believe that going to one of the "Medical Mecca's" is your best chance to – finally -- get to the bottom of what is going on.
Does this make sense to you?
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I am in Minneapolis so the Mayo Clinic is very convenient.
Based on my symptoms, you have no idea either I take it.
Can you pass my question on to another doctor? I would like a neurologist or cardiologist.
Yes. It was negative. I have been told that those are not always accurate, but it was extensive (not very comfortable either). It was done on my legs, arms and hands. My symptoms are not constant by the way.
No, I haven't. I have had low back problems (left side only) for several years. Doesn't seem related. Getting some chiropractic treatment for that along with left hip pain and discomfort.
Thank you so much. This makes so much more sense than past diagnosis. My symptoms come and go and as of late have spiked. The reason: Over the last two weeks I have had three full body massages and two one long chirpractic sessions that worked on muscle tightness and and minimal adjustments. This would perhaps answer why it is more aggravated or sensitive now all of a sudden.