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Treating chronic neck pains - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   hi, i was seeing a dr. for 10 years or so and was being treated for chronic neck pain. he had me on pain meds for alot of those years and increasing them . by the time i was let go from the clinic i was taking 10-15 pills a day. seems a little high for me .. do i have any recourse on him from having me on such high doses and getting me addicted to them ??
Doctor :   may i Know your age?
User :   48
Doctor :  
Do you have X ray of the neck?
User :   yes
Doctor :   may i know the reports
User :   disk problem 3-4
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have any other medical problems?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me brief
Doctor :   You
Doctor :   Chronic neck pains are treated
Doctor :   both by medications and physiotherapy.
Doctor :   You need both of them.
Doctor :   Other treatment measures in the form of steroids, surgeries may be needed
Doctor :   neck supports and
Doctor :   surgery are also done in a few with chronic neck pain,
User :   15 pills a day is alot... way to many
Doctor :   that will be determined based on the recent changes in the disc bulge.
Doctor :   Pills alone may not help.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to consult an orthopedician.
Doctor :   If necessary, also plan for an MRI of the neck.
User :   right... but i think he was giving way to many... do i have any recourse
Doctor :   You will also need to start of exercises and physiotherapy.
Doctor :   You will find improvement with those measures.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes but i want to know if the doctor should have not been giving so much medication
Doctor :   Since, I don't have the details of the medications, that you are presently on, I cannot comment if they are indicated.
Doctor :   Can you brief me about your present medications?
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