Good morning spine buddies,
My fusion for L2,3 and L3,4 was scheduled for Dec. 13th. I was estactic thinking I MIGHT have a chance for this horrible pain to be alleviated long term. Everything was set...or so I thought. I am a retired Texas teacher and taught for 30 yrs. I would still be teaching if it weren't for my back. I have A.... insurance (didn't know if I could put the name) which I pay $300 a month for....the doctor's office called and said my insurance said the surgery was too experimental. They said even though my tests show I have no disks left at all and my vertebrae are inflamed and damaged...that only a fracture, cancer, or dislocation would be covered for a surgery.
I called the insurance company crying and talked to three different people...the last one being head of the nurses. She said the doctor and I could appeal; yet, the appeal would go straight back to the same doctor that decides my fate. They had talked to my doctor that morning. My doctor had done my first four fusions which have NO pain whatsoever...a success.
I don't know what to do now. My hydrocodone does nothing for my pain. The doctor in Dallas was going to put me in a back brace after the surgery. Do any of you have one? I do not have a back doctor in the small town in which I live now....but they can refer me to one in a town 100 miles away. I have tried Lyrica and Cymbalta and muscle relaxers to no avail. When bone is grinding against bone I don't know what will help. The insurance company told me to not bend!!!!! That is a joke. Try not bending getting into a car, using the toilet, etc. I am mad, sick with disappointment, and sad. Any advice?????
Hugs from Texas,