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!