I signed up to this site to hopefully learn a thing or two about what is going on with my lower back and possibly pick up a few coping skills.
I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease @ L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1 with a cyst @ L4. In Apr.08 is when I started down the path of diagnosis and I still do not see the end. I have had more tests and taken more presciption meds this year than I ever have. I have seen 4 different doctors who all agree that the hybrid ADR @ 2 levels + Fusion @ 1 level is the way to go for someone my age (36) and prior activity level. Unfortunatly my wonderful insurance company Unicare does not want that for me. They would like to see me get a 3 lvl. fusion. 3 of the 4 doctors will not even perform that on me because the DDD will spread to the adjacent lvls. within a couple of years and I am too young to start down that path. I am currently on my second appeal to Unicare and have hired an attorney to possibly pursue a bad faith claim. In the mean time while all the red tape gets untangled I wait in agony or so doped up that I hardly remember my name.
Fortunatly I have an awesome support system, my wife and daughter help me out alot and for that I am thankful. If it was not for them god only knows what would come of me. I hope to meet a few people with the same problems as me or just chronic pain in general. I am new at this so I need a little help here. Thanks everyone.