To make a long story short: I fell down a hill six months ago, hurt my lower back, left shoulder and neck. I have healed o.k. except for constant neck pain and left shoulder pain. After six months of Aleve, hot packs and 8 PT sessions, I am still not well. My medical practice makes great use of Phys. Assis. so I am finally scheduled to see an MD tomorrow. (I had to prove that I needed to see an MD, I was asked how many times I had seen the Phys. Assist. (3times) for this problem.) Upon the last visit to the PA I told her of the pain I still have including numbness and pins and needles down the left arm and was told that Aleve should be enough. I am not a wimp (did not request epidurals until 8cms, and 6cms with my kids) but I am not a hero either. I would like to ask the MD (who I have never met before) for a referal to a pain clinic. Would a doctor become offended? Am I being too wimpy? I think I am like some nurses I know--like a pit bull to get what her pt. needed but too shy to take care of herself--sounds like another thread. How can I ask this doctor for what I need? Also what if anything could a pain clinic do to help me? Would I even be a candidate? Thanks.