Hello to all. Just wanted to get started on the forum. I participate on several forums and this is the most complex. I am mainly wanting to find out about pain management and my options for surgery. I have made attempts to find my way and have just had a major pain management crash. I could not believe a doctor bill could get so high and believe I have been took to the cleaner. I do respect forum rules, but need to find out if owing $1300 for a first visit lab work up is common? The doctor has billed three lab codes then I get an eob from the lab with a whole sheet of line items. The DR office told me a different story when I was signing in. This is my second round with pain management and went with a different DR and sure am regretting it.
Second I really fell I just need to go to surgery, but can not come to grips with all this. I suffer from neck degeneration for 20 years and do not think pills are going to be a total answer. I was told by a PA during a visit to one of two local neck specialist that my arm pain would get fixed, but my neck pain being fixed was 50/50. Not what I wanted to here.
I ahve looked at my MRI and as my PA said it is ugly. I have seen two other surgeons that did not want to touch it said surgery was not needed yet I can not get out of bed and fuction in the morning. The last DR visit said from the report of numbness in my arm I would now be a canadaate for surgery.
So first line of business is this PM bill ligit. Can not believe I owe $1300 for labs.