I was supposed to have an ACDFI on Tuesday but it is delayed because my PCP wont clear me for surgery. They wont clear me because they want me to get some dental work done first. I understand the risks of having infections but I need more dental work than I can afford to pay for. My dental insurance isn't much better than a glorified coupon and it limits severely on who I can see. As far as right now, I have no idea when I will get this surgery done. My surgeon explained to the PCP the importance of this surgery being done asap because of the spinal cord compression but they are still not willing to work with me. I am trying to find money somewhere but I have nothing. I guess I don't understand why they cant just prescribe an antibiotic to deal with the "infection" they assume I have. I have a horrible fear of the dentist due to past horrid experiences and a very strong gag reflex that makes xrays almost impossible. I tried going to a regular dentist on Friday but they suggested I go see someone that practices sedation dentistry after failed attempts at the rear xrays. They don't know that I actually have an infection but they assume that I do because of a tooth that broke last year and I couldn't afford to get it fixed(I accidently hit my face with a snow shovel handle last year while shoveling). This is extremely frustrating and embarrassing. This surgery cant be put on hold for long. I don't know what to do. I asked the dr. why they don't just give me an antibiotic for now if they are that concerned about it. They said that they wont because they don't want my body to become resistant to antibiotics. IT has been 3.5 yrs. since I was last one and several years before that that I had them before that. I just want to scream and cry like a 2 yr. old.