Hoping someone can offer help or advice. I am 41 years old, & have suffered back pain since an ATV accident as a teenager. Over the years (especially since having children) the pain has gotten worse. I would complain to my doctor, who would order x-Rays & then tell me everything looked normal (except for mild scoliosis) & prescribe pain pills & muscle relaxers. Last fall I finally asked my doctor to do something more- I don't want to spend my life doped up on medicines that don't eliminate the pain but make me sleep through it. They ordered x-Rays, which again were normal. They then ordered an MRI, which also was normal. At that point, I once again felt like everyone thinks I'm making it up. They referred me to a pain management doctor. This doctor ordered an EMG, & finallyI got some answers. They determined an irregularity with the L-5 nerve, & suggested a cortisone injection into the nerve. That was done last December, & finally, for the first time in longer than I can remember, I was 100% pain free! It was amazing! Now, 7 months later the pain is beginning to return. As directed by them at my follow up in January, I called and scheduled another injection. I arrived yesterday morning at their office for the injection, only to bet old that the appointment was canceled because my insurance refuses to cover it. The MD for my insurance company wants an MRI to 'prove' that there is a problem. Even after a 45 minute talk with my doctor, who explained my history, and the fact that it was diagnosed by EMG, not MRI, insurance denied my request for an injection. They claim my only option is to have a repeat MRI, the results of which would determine if there is any reason for an injection, or a surgical consult. My doctor told me there is nothing that can be done surgically for my problem. The way it was described to me, the nerve was most likely damaged at the time of my accident. Because the spine is not pressing on the nerve now, an MRI is not going to show anything. But the nerve is still damaged. I don't want to live the rest of my life in pain! Does anyone have any suggestions to offer?