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Having a rough time... been away for awhile.

Apr 20, 2015 11:48 PM

First, I want to say hi to everyone! I haven't posted in quite a long time. There has been a lot going on, so I am only going to mention the major stuff. I have missed all of you!

My stress level is very high right now. I recently found out that my insurance company has denied my back surgery a second time now. Their reasons being:

1- my smoking - As of April 1st I have quit smoking cigarettes. I am vaping and cutting my nicotine intake down steadily. I have reduced from 24mg to 6mg.

2- I haven't had any conservative therapy within the last 6 months. So, I have to repeat PT 3xweek for 6 weeks which seriously increases my pain levels. And, I have to repeat all of the injections into my lumbar spine, which also increase,not decrease, my pain. I also had a test called a discogram which involved injections into my discs.


My other issues include i am still trying to find a new PCP with no luck. I also need to find a new pain management specialist. And I am trying to change insurance companies which is the major complication with finding the new Dr's as very few in my area will take on new patients with this insurance.
I really need to change to the new insurance due to my financial situation. In doing so, I will not be able to see my therapist any longer as they don't take the new insurance. I feel like I am having to choose between my physical health and mental health.

Due to my deteriorating health it has put a strain on many of my personal and family relationships.

I am basically just at the point where I don't know how i am going to keep handling everything.

Sorry for the long post... thanks for letting me vent!

Apr 21, 2015 5:24 AM

I hear you I was a smoker when I had two dissed fused together in 92 and because I failed to quit smoking the fusion failed to heal and in 2002 when I quit smoking for good they had to redo the fashion because The screws came losse and after 1 year it started to heal and it is almost healed but if I would of quit in 92 like I was informed it would of healed and I would have be release back to work an now when I aplyed for s.s.i. The report alwasys show I was a smoker who refused to stop smoking and it keeps getting refused

Apr 21, 2015 10:46 AM

HornsHoldMyHalo, I have been wondering where you have been. I am so sorry for the dilemma that you are currently in. Today's healthcare regulations make it very difficult to obtain help when you need it and in the way that you need it. I find it repulsive that an insurance company would deny a surgery that doctors are saying you need not once but twice. I can sympathize with your situation because the injections, physical therapy, disc injections, etc... All of which made my pain worse instead of better. I know that it is overwhelming, and you wonder sometimes if you are going to lose your mind. Hang in there... We are all here for you whenever you need to vent. We all need someone to lean on at times. This community always helps me to realize I am never alone. I pray that you get what you need for both your physical and mental health.... Be well and God Bless.

Apr 21, 2015 12:24 PM

Thank you both! I am feeling a little more positive today... although still very frustrated! The Dr that does my injections called and doesn't understand why they need to be repeated, so they are calling my surgeon. I am hoping they decide a letter will suffice instead of repeating the injections. The good thing is all of my medical team is on MY SIDE!

Apr 21, 2015 1:24 PM

Hornsholdmyhalo, We have missed you too! I completely understand the insurance issues you're going through. I hate all the red tape & hoops you have to jump through, to get anything accomplished. I had to change insurance companies and pay higher premiums, deductibles & copays, just so I could gain 2 doctors that I needed and weren't on the other insurance. I hope everything will come together for you very soon. We're all here for you! 🙏🌼

Apr 21, 2015 1:47 PM

Horns on my Halo have missed talking to you and wondered what was going on. I am so sorry that you are going thru all of this insurance mess it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Don't give up it looks like there may be a glimmer of hope with all of your Dr's on
your side. The state of our insurances are a disaster for everyone. My husband's insurance Obama care insurance it's almost impossible to find a Dr. We half the time have to go out of town for procedures, I have good old Cigna Health Springs which if I have to have surgery I either have to go to Tyler or Houston. It's rediculous. Hope you get approved soon, and congrats on stopping smoking.

Apr 21, 2015 9:39 PM

Thank you all! I truly appreciate all of the kind words and support! 😊 You were missed! I am so happy to be back in touch with all of you! 😆

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