Ok, so when I looked at the order for the new MRI he had written the diagnosis code down, so I being the curious person that I am, just looked up said code. It's lumbar spinal stenosis? Anybody have any idea what that is off the top of their head? I'm at a loss.
Well my understanding of it is the bones grows too much and narrows the canal of the spinal cord, or nerve roots, which creates pressure which causes pain... so technically they could go in surgically and fix it. My surgeon fixed the stenosis in my neck when he did my fusion. But it's not an easy fix at all. And this is my "I'm not a doctor" uneducated opinion!
Also don't get too stuck on the diagnosis code and what can or can't be done. Sometimes they need to find the best fitting code for the current need because either your situation doesn't have a perfect code or they need to do a particular test that is covered by insurance when they use one code but not always when using another. It isn't cheating or wrong you probably fit it somehow even if it's just to rule out but doesn't mean it necessarily your diagnosis. Some practitioners are better than others at knowing how to make sure things are covered without too many extra hoops and some employ someone good at it.
Yeah my doctor had to put that he was diagnosing vit D deficiency so insurance would cover the test. And for my brain MRI he coded it headaches even though I wanted to be sure there wasn't a terrible reason for my headache, he really was ruling out MS.