I don't know if I have talked to you before, but I have been experiencing left sided pain in my ear, throat (I think), neck and head. I went to the ENT and get this....ears looked fines, throat looked fine and he said that he saw no drainage. Now, I know I at least had drainage because I would clear my throat at times and I could feel it drain down my throat! I have tenderness on the left side of my head so if I am laying on my back and turn my head to the left, I can feel the tenderness. My ENT, said he thought it was arthritis of the neck and wanted me to get some xrays. First off, regular xrays to my knowledge, don't show arthritis. They only show breaks and cracks etc... I knew that I didn't have arthritis. I'm only 42! I asked for an MRI...he said no. Well, of course my results came back normal and the doctor said that he wanted me on this pain medication for 2 weeks and then see him again if I didn't feel better. So, I'm thinking, if it wasn't confirmed that I had arthritis, why would I take the medication? I don't want to mask the pain, I want to treat the problem.
Doctors are all too quick to medicate their patients. When are they going to start treating the problem instead of the symptom?! There...I needed to vent....thanks!!!