So for a year now I have been dealing with several doctor's and all they want to do is x-rays and injections. I am so done with that. The injections only make things worse. Let's get the new MRI scheduled since it's been a year like I suggested in the first place. And since the doctor knows that I have a bone spur in my hip and it is the cause of the pain in my leg, why can't we fix it instead of putting a bandaid on it. I am so done with bandaids. The Fibromyalgia can't be fixed but the Bone spur and the punched nurves can. This is why people can't afford to go to the doctor. Most places have co-pays and then you have to pay your out of pocket expenses before the doctors will do anything. Not to mention the meditation you need to keep you going.
It's a money racket & red tape process created by the insurance companies & government. I've been where you are with my spine from my neck to my tailbone. Can you guess what all those steroid injections caused me? Osteopenia and now I've had 2 spinal surgeries where the bone grafts aren't healing (new diagnosis of pseudoarthrosis). The doc wants a bone graft stimulator but my insurance has denied it twice ($10,000 cost). So my only other option is radical revision surgery to redo the disc fusions, cutting me down my back from C2 to T3. Guess who's balking at that? Me... Lol and they wonder why!
I hear you all on that. Just finished getting CT’s on my spine again. Have so much damage it’s laughable. Out of 5 lumbar disc only one is good. The other 4 have ruptured and one has collapsed. Out of my thoracic 6/12 are bad. My cervical has 2 bad. Only because the other 5 are already fused. I’ve tried the injections Like you BSS same thing. Taking so many meds, I have to have frequent tests on my liver. Sorry FlappysLady, they have me on prednisone now so who knows what will happen next. My spine is so bad, I’ve had 5 surgeries on it and am told there is nothing more they can do. $$$ so much spent over the years, my husband commented that our house will be paid off in a couple of years. I laughed knowing all the hospitalization/tests we’ve both had. After either of us is gone the vultures will be standing there ready to take our home as well. Oh well. Love to you all .🌸
It's awful how it seems to be a game between the doctors and insurance companies, where the insurance companies have doctors on their "Review Boards" that get to decide from looking at partial medical records whether or not you get to have a test, treatment, or procedure. And when they deny you the doctor just gives up on that request and comes up with some other alternative. I'm sorry to hear what you (Painwarrior) & others are now or have already gone through. Hearing your stories & knowing my body has already basically refusing to heal, I'm not sure I'll ever let them cut on my spine again. I may just take my chances and let come what may. At least right now the pain is bearable and I can function seni-normally. BSS, I understand the "bandaid" because I had doctors doing the same to me. Have you thought of finding another doctor and explain up front that you feel these previous treatments were like bandaids? Maybe they'd be open to looking at a more permanent treatment. I'm hurting pretty bad in my hip socket from the torn labrum, but I'm trying to buy time for my hubby to have his prostate cancer surgery. When he's well I intend to go back to the doc and request he do the scoping and be willing to do joint replacement if needed. I moved in my sleep last night and head that severe hip socket pain...woke me up!
Sorry your in so much pain FlappysLady. Sending you much love and best wishes and prayers for both you and your husband. Recently I’ve been seeing so much in (US) news about single payer health insurance. Frankly it scares the heck out of me. I’ve heard on FB different people complaining how they have to wait long periods of time for surgery and Heath Care. Are any of you actually familiar with it? I think ours is rigged! Lol 😂 Between big pharma, insurance companies, kick backs some doctors receive for pushing their most expensive drugs, tests etc we just don’t seem to be able to win do we?
Thanks Painwarrior! Positivity of all kinds is so much appreciated, because it helps us through these trying times. And a little laughter really is the best medicine. I try to think of something to laugh about every day here lately. 😉