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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 5/14/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to the Pain doc the other day to get the results of my MRI's.  I have degenerative arthritis throughout my C-Spine.  At the C5-C6 level I have bulging disks that are compressing my spinal cord.  She couldn't give me results on my shoulder MRI because she's not "schooled" in reading that part of anatomy.  So, she has to wait for the facility to send over the report.
Anywho, she wants to start cervical steroid injections and physical therapy.  I'm not keen on injections but agreed in hopes of helping the pain.  I called my insurance company to find out what my benefits are for PT and the injections.  PT is only approved for 60 days (lifetime), per condition, and I have to pay $50/visit.  Well, she wants me to go 3 times a week.  That's $150 a week, for 8weeks, for a grand total of $1200.  And if I need PT beyond that I have to pay full price.  Insurance REQUIRES the injections be done in the hospital as an outpatient procedure.  Well, those benefits fall under my deductible ($1500) which I haven't met.  According to insurance each injection will exceed my deductible and then some but they will cover 100% after deductible.  As of June 1 I no longer have 100% coverage so I will be responsible for 20%.  Even if the injection is only $1500 that's still $300 I have to pay for.  UGH!  I'm unemployed!  Where the hell am I going to come up with money like that?  I can't afford my meds let alone anything beyond that.
And if this wasn't the kicker, this doc says she WON'T prescribe pain meds since other options are available to me (whether I can afford them or not).  Looks like I may have to find yet ANOTHER doctor who understands I'm not made of money and simply can't afford all this.  Just because I have FM doesn't mean I have to go to the poor house because of it.  I'm just so discouraged that I can get some relief but can't afford it.  UGH!

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 5/14/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you. I can't afford all these treatments that are suppose to help. Why can't dr. just give the proper pain meds. to help.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
The meds won't cure it and they'll only help it mildly. If you can, try to get off of meds and stabalize: save you money and your liver. It's silly that throwing pills at FM is standard procedure. Do YOU know anyone who is better because of their meds? I don't...and believe me, I'm trying to find that person!
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