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Travelling to the U.S. From UK.

Hi all,

I have chronic back pain with acute flare-ups about every three months.

When I get a flare, I have to go straight on to Morphine IR and MST. Then I get put on a list for urgent caudal epidural, which fixes things and I come off of the opiates over the following week.

I'm travelling to New York on holiday in February. I know about taking controlled drugs with me and having a doctors letter, in case I have a flare.

My question is, bearing in mind I can't get travel insurance without a back pain exclusion, if I get a flare and need a caudal epidural, how much is it likely to cost in New York?

L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.


  • I'm sure whomever the doctor would be would also order some form of radiography study done. Then, you would need to get an appointment at a pain management clinic for lower prices. If it's done in a hospital, my guess would be around $5,000.00, but could go as high as $10,000.00 after they add in facility charges, pharmacy charges, anesthesiologist charges, recovery room charge and physician charge. In a pain clinic, it would probably be around $2,500.00.

    Those are just estimates. Our healthcare has gone bonkers because of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I would suggest that you bring your medication with you and rely on that. If you have a flare up, do everything possible to avoid the hospital.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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