OK- Just so everyone knows (all the new faces). I was suppose to have C5/6/7 ACDF on October 19th, but my primary Insurance company denied the surgery and said I need 6-8 weeks of PT or "other" treatments before they would consider the surgery.
This is because the Pain Doctor who administered my EMG recomended Traction and Epideral Injections as well as anti-inflamitories. ....
At any rate I refused to have any epidurals but went through PT (got excused for extreme headaches). I still use the Tens Machine (not as often). I had another MRI Jan 7th right after seeing my NS again. The new MRI clearly shows that the herniations are much bigger- the axial views show the discs and osteophytes are completley clogging the foramin and laying on the cord with out any fluid. I am taking my pain meds around the clock now, and my hands hardly work. I have stopped my hobbies for fear of bigger problems as recomended by my NS. I use ice/heat and Norco/Flexerile almost constantly.
We have been trying to get the surgery pre-approved since Jan 8th, so that I can plan my work schedule (I am in outside sales and my performance has suffered much lately). I have food shows and sales meetings and my company needs to know so if I am off they can plan on sending people from out of state to cover for me etc (get the picture).
So today I finally get a call back from the lovely manager in the Insurance office. She stated she wanted to review my file before she called me that is why she was delayed. OK? I buy it. Then she says she hasn't recieved any paper work from my NS office at all since last year..... What? I just was told by the RN in the NS office that she had already been speaking with the nurse who reviews the cases in the insurance office..... OK. So there is nothing in my file? Right...... The office manager told me to have the RN from my NS call the nurse in the insurance office to get the ball rolling...................... I AM SO DISGUSTED BY THIS INSURANCE COMPANY.....
If you guys don't know- they had denied my PLIF. The NS reviewing my case was not a NS (they lied) he was a MEDICAL EXAMINER.
OK- I am done ranting now.