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health insurance ? Discogram and PM Doc

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Pain Management
Thanks everyone for your help.!


  • Probably if Dr. scheduled fusion and canceled it,You wouldn't have to pay for the Discogram. Surgeries get canceled all the time, right? Ask doctor if he would be the one canceling the fusion. In that case I really don't think that you would have to pay, but then again who knows with insurance? Good luck
  • I don't understand why you would want to go through the risk of a discogram if you don't plan on following through with any treatment. It is an invasive test that you would be going through for what purpose?
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  • Just to add to the confusion, its possible that the discogram can accelerate any degeneration you may currently have. You should think long and hard before you subject yourself to that procedure.

  • Don't do a discogram or myelogram or other invasive tests unless you are ready to back it up with a real surgery. If you're not mentally ready. Then take a step back and a deep breath. Figure out what your long term plan is. More recent studies are showing that these invasive tests actually accelerate any disc problems. Not just the one you have now.

    I understand the issue with the tear. I had herniation and tear. MRI shows herniation and discogram shows/proves tear. I followed it up with a microdiscectomy.

    Even if the micro did do repairs. It doesn't mean the tear healed up right then and there. They remove some nucleus to shrink the disc. That takes pressure of the disc and nerves. Then the tear has a chance to heal. Those usually take quite a while.

    I agreed to my next discogram when I knew it wasn't healing and I was willing to do fusion if needed. You can't do these and sit on them 6 months either. Surgeon is apt to throw those results out the window and demand a new one prior to surgery.

    Keep in mind you are posting on a public forum. Asking people advise on "misleading" your insurance company. I'm saying that politely...

  • I'm not sure about the Arachnoiditis. When I did a search about it I saw a lot had to due with scaring. I can tell you my recent MRI said the following
    Scar tissue surrounding the right S1 nerve root. It also mentioned Mulitlevel facet arthropathy and severe degenerative disc disease.

    One thing I found interesting about Arachnoiditis is that it's caused by inflamation.
    With a new symptom (Coccyx pain)almost a year from my 2nd surgery I tried a couple steriod dos packs and they helped a little. And it's my understanding those dos pack remove inflamation.
    So maybe you have a point.

    If a annular tear is present could that cause adhesion if the scaring surrounds the nerve?
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