What kind of doctor should I see about my neck and back pain? I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve or muscular.
I'm having a dull stabbing pain on the left side of my neck at the base. Sometimes it radiates up into my head or down my arm (even down into my leg), but mostly it hurts in my neck and shoulder. Sometimes my arm or leg feels a little tingly, so that's why I think it could be a nerve.
I have a probably unrelated soreness on the right side of my back, just below my shoulder blade. I'm pretty sure this is muscular; it's been hurting on and off for a long time (the neck pain is more recent).
Probably relevant: I have Klippel-Feil syndrome
, the primary characteristic of which is the fusion of 2 cervical vertebrae (C3 and C4, in my case). It's such a rare thing that most doctors I've encountered have not heard of it. I also have scoliosis.
I'm not looking for a diagnosis here, I just want to know where to start with medical care. My primary doctor is worse than useless, he'll just give me painkillers and tell me to rest. Just assume he doesn't exist, and if I need to start with another primary I'll do so.
I have good insurance (Cigna) and I'm in Milwaukee, so specific recommendations are also welcomed.