I haven't been on here for quite some time. I had my 2 level PLIF in Dec 08, and although it healed nicely, the pain never went away. I went to many Drs and trial injections, they took out the hardware all to no avail. Finally had another discogram March of 10, and pain but nothing.Tried the back brace and my ortho who did the first surgery, suggested I go to the cities to the Dr that found my first tears in disc. Soo. In Sept went to him, he had me do another discogram, and had to fight insurance to get another one.
Had the disco last Friday. Called to get appt and couldn't get in until Jan 6. That was just to go over the test. I have a $10,000.00 deductible. So with that being said, I made arrangements to see my Ortho that did the surgery. I knew he could do it, and before the end of the year. I wrote a letter to the Dr in the cities explaining that I was having the films and report sent to my Ortho and that the financial burden over the past 4 years made it hard to wait. Actually, impossible. Told him thanks for the help. And emailed it to the office in the cities.
Not much more that an hour later, the Dr from the cities called me, and said he would work me in Dec 13th if I wanted. Of course I said yes. He told me that it was shit high deductible and that he had people complaining about 2,000. He felt that I was justified to get in,,,SO GREAT! I get my 2nd fusion, the first was L4-L5and L5-S1. This will be L2-L3 and L3-L4. And I can hardly wait. I have been hurting non stop since 2006 and am ready to get my life back. He is also doing it minimally invasive. So recoup should be better.
Please I need all your prayers! First that the Insurance CO will approve it out of network at the in network rates. Do to the fact that no Drs in my state can find it. And second, that it works! I know it sounds awful to be excited, but I am just wanting to get some pain relief.
I know that my pain might not be all gone, but to get of fentanyl patches and oxycodone will be a great feat! I want to wake up and be able to do something, instead of pop pain pills all day. So prayers for now and on the 13 of December will be appreciated.
And I hope that all of you that are waiting for answers, never give up, like me. You just cant loose the faith! I should addd that the test last Friiday showed the 2 discs had bad tears in them as well.