I am wondering if anyone has some advice for me. I am currently on disability leave from work because I have a herniated disc at L5/S1 with S1 nerve root compression. This has caused me severe pain in my buttocks, down my leg into my ankle and big down. One minute it's burning the next its sharp like a knife the next its aching. Of course added with that there is also the back pain. I went for an EMG/nerve conductivity test and it was normal.
Here is my situation - I just got a letter from insurance stating that since my EMG was fine, that I am being sent back to work. Apparently, if an EMG is fine, people with herniated disks and nerve root compression, should not be in pain. The letter states "There is no anatomic basis for a condition of sciatica as there is no clinical evidence from the EMG of S1 radiculopathy." When I spoke to them on the phone and I told them that my pain level is from a 8 - 10 daily they said "that's subjective".
I would like to try to appeal this, since I know that I can have a normal EMG but still have severe radicular symptoms. I just don't know exactly how to word this to the insurance company in a way to get my point across. I sent in my MRI, xrays, bone scan, and even my doctor, and chiropractor both said I should not be working at this time. But I still received this letter.
Any suggestions?? Thanks all!!!