Re: So many diagnoses????

First of all, I am sorry you are in this predicament. You have very eloquently described the reason I do not do any worker's comp any more. The hassle and delays are very frustrating. The paperwork is nitpicky and the reimbursement is very poor.

Having said that, There are several possibilities, but without examining you I can not make any recommendations. I will therefore generalize. RSD (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) is very unnerving to both patient and doctor. The initial findings are usually pain beyond the expected norm. There may be a temperature change compared to the other extremity. I recommend a neurologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment recommendations. In the interim, ask your doctor about getting a TENS or SPORTX from Rehabilicare is a possibility. I think Worker's Comp usually covers these. This can help with your pain a great deal. I use these on my patients especially after surgery and it cuts down greatly on the amount of pain medication for many of them. There are always going to be patients who these don't work as well on, but it might be worth a try.

Good luck.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on January 31, 2005 at 21:06:42:

In Reply to: So many diagnoses???? posted by Cindy on January 31, 2005 at 19:07:31:

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