Nice to find this board. By way of introduction I will give a short synopsis. Started having pain in 2005. Went away for a while then recurred about a year ago. Intense pain in lower back and right leg. Up to now I have had therapy, facet injections, total of 12 other injections, 6 nerve cauterizations, various meds, MRI and Discogram and CT.
Discogram revealed torn disc at L5S1. Appointment to see doctor in Raleigh December 17th. I saw his PA in October, she talked to him and he sent me for the Discogram. The Doc that did the Discogram said the only thing to do is to remove the disc and fuse.
In looking at my insurance, BCBS-NC, it appears they consider everything except a P-LIF or A-Lif as investigational and will not cover it. I sure cannot pay for it myself. So thats where I am at at the moment.