I am having trouble getting my insurance company to approve an MRI of my Lumbar spine. In April, I had Cervical and Thoracic MRI'S. They showed DDD, osteophytes, stenosis, bulging disks. My neuro, who did the physical exam, said my leg pain and weakness was from the Cervical C3-4 with nerve root impingment, and diabetic neuropathy. He perscribed Lyrica, which isn't helping a whole lot. Now my PCP wants a Lumbar MRI, to see if the L4-5 bulging disk has worsened, or if I have Lumbar stenosis. My insurance company turned down the request for pre-approval today. Without these lower MRI's, how can a doctor make an educated diagnosis of what is causing my pain and lower extremity weakness. I think the Insurance Company, who recommended PT, just doesn't want to cover me. How can they want PT, if we don't know the cause of the problem? The treatment is different depending on the diagnosis, right? And does Lyrica help with Radiculopathy? I'm confused!!! Help please! And to boot, leaving on vacation after work tomorrow after work, trying to get ready, now this to deal with! I quit! I resign from this shi*!