I need an MRI.... another one....$$$$$$$$$

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Draka
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
OK.... I am basically at the end of the rope as far as what my PM Dr can offer me for treatment.... we have tried it all and nothing has helped... so I am off to have a consult with a surgeon....

Here's what I don't understand.... I just had an MRI of my cervical spine at the end of December 08 (I also had one in 2004).... I was advised by the surgeons office that I needed an MRI that was done within the last 6 months....

I am one month over meeting the 6th month requirement.....

The thing is I still have to pay a co-pay for this new MRI and we all know they aren't cheap.....

I just don't understand WHY this surgeon can't use my 7 month old MRI with the report.... and we go from there..... this new Dr may not even think I am a candidate to have surgery....

My point is..... determine if I do need surgery.... AND THEN ORDER THE NEW MRI...... so I am not out of pocket any money if I don't need surgery....

Ahhhhhhhhhh..... can you hear me screaming with frustration...........

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Dear Draka,
 
 Good morning *huggs* It is good to see you again. I do hope you are feeling a little less pain today.
 
I need new pictures of my spine every 3 months or so. It is my understanding that the MRI s need to be updated regurlarly as they provide more information. Also, if you have anything that is progressivly effecting the structural intergrity of your spine..  well that would need to be documented. I dont know about you.. but every surgeon type doctor I have run in to so far has wanted "their own" pictures anyway, before evaluating the need for a surgical procedure.
 
*warm huggs*
 Dani
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Draka
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dani... I do understand the need for "fresh" films.... it's just the cost of this all.... it's really hurting my husband and I.... he owns his own small business so we have to have private insurance..... it stinks!

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you Draka. I'm in debt to the hospital for over $1000.00 for 1 MRI, 2 CT scans, and a previous procedure. I'm gonna pay them $40 a month for a long, long time. I can see why he needs the films cause there are alot of nerves in the cervical area that control the breathing. Sorry to hear of your dilema cause the surgery isn't cheap either. My hospital bill for my cervical fusion alone was around $32,000, that was just the hospital not including the doctor, radiologist, anesthsiologist and anyone else that decided to get in the game. Good Luck and don't let your nerves get the best of you.

Jag

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I think we can all understand and feel your frustration, but as with most things the "line" has to be drawn somewhere, and in this case, with this doctor it is 6 months. A lot can happen in 6 months, and you having previous MRI's actually will go a long way, when combined with a new one, in helping the surgeon determine if s/he can help you, how fast you need help, and if s/he can't they may be able to point you to someone who can.
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straydog
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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka I feel for you and what you are going thru. Another issue here is your insurance may not agree to do another MRI this soon too. Sometimes they won't.
Straydog/Susie
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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep been there and I too have to get a new MRI on Tuesday, for my C-spine, sure would be nice
if they were cheaper..plus the costs for sedation as the c-spine one freaks me out...My husband works
for a small company and all the co-pays are hard on us as well, last year I had enough medical to
actually deduct from taxes...but a lot of that was out of pocket expenses, too, plus parking garages,
cost me 5.00 to park and go in for blood work yesterday....
Lots of soft hugz and wishes I could help you better....
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka,
Oh, I sure feel for you, too. I just lost my insurance, and the small policy I'm looking at only allows $1k/yr for diagnostic testing & lab work. So it's all a bit scary.

What is your PM's thinking about your spine based on his treatment and reading of your MRI's? The reason I ask is if your PM is thinking he doubts surgery could help, then maybe saying that to the NS's office and explaining your financial situation, and that you would just like to know based on what your spine looked like last December and all your current medical records if surgery would even be thought of. If your PM doesn't know, however, the 6 month is kind of standard. I had to do that, too. Also, you're actually approaching 8 months, depending on when your NS appointment would be. That's about all I can suggest.

But, as the saying goes, I feel your pain! Good luck.

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep us posted and good luck with your MRI!
HUGZ
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Everytime I think of how much I owe the hospital here it makes my want to throw up.  I have had 4 MRI this year alone on the same part of the body.  My kidneys.  I feel your frustration but then it goes along with the territory when you have a medical condition.
 
The pain is not the only thing that hurts. medical costs hurt alot also...
 
Laurie
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
You got that right, Laurie. And stress does add to our physical pain and problems!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 7/18/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka

Unfortunately most Doctors don't care or even consider you financial needs. They don't look at you as a "whole" just the one problem that you have and they can fix or work on! That is it! Unfortunate as that is, it is the way it is! There are some valid reaons that they can give for wanting up to date test, and they are right for wanting that, but there is also much more to consider, about you and that they usually don't do!

I am not going to say I feel your pain on this, as I have complete full medical insurance coverage, so I know, that I really don't know what you are going through, payment and insurance wise! But I can imagine, and I do know the medical system, and even though I can't empathize with you, I do sympathize with you!

Sometimes I wish the rules wern't so Black and White, and they had more room for some exceptions! Such as yours, and also PALady and some others! But that is just my wish!

Good Luck to You

White Beard
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