Another step closer to getting the spinal cord stimulator

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   Posted 8/31/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
We met with with the physician again yesterday who will do the proceedure and I really like him. He is very kind and explains everything. I've had my psych eval now so they have resubmitted the info to the insurance company. Hopefully this time  things will go smoothly and in about 3 to 4 weeks I can have the trial stimulator in.
So keep your fingers crossed as these last few weeks have been off the charts with pain. I'll try to read some scripts to see how you all are doing. I can't stay at the computer long so it takes me a while to get cought up.
Wishing everyone a good day.........Nurse2

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   Posted 8/31/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   


   Nurse2! I have all of my fingers and toes crossed for you! smilewinkgrin

    Wishing you the very best we have to offer! By the way thats a lot! wink

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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   

My fingers & toes are crossed. Having been through this myself, I know how frustrating it is. I truly hope that they say yes, but if not, don't give up fighting. It took me 6 mo and multiple appeals to get my approval & I'm so glad that I did, because my stim has changed my life. At my 6 week follow-up today, my surgeon told me how he took provers pleasure writing the insurance company docs that twice denied my stim trial about how wrong they were & how much my stim was helping me! Assuming everything continues to go well for me with my stim 6 mo to a year from now, he even plans on writing up my case in one of the medical journals.

Don't get me wrong, I still have pain & it's still quite severe at times. But most of the day I get 50 - 60% relief from my stimulator & I couldn't ask for anything better. At my follow-up today, my Medtronics rep was actually commenting about how he's never seen anyone use their stim quite as much as me. According to his read-outs, I use it 98% of the time. It's partly because I'm in constant pain, but also partly because when I feel it's not helping as much, I cycle through my programs & then play with different settings in order to get the coverage that I need, whereas many people might just turn it off for a while. It all just goes to show that you need to fight for what you need and deserve, because in the end, you're the only one who is going to know whether or not the stim will help you & you at least deserve a chance to find out.


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   Posted 9/1/2010 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends,
I got news today in the mail from my ins. company and they reversed the denial!!!!! I just can't believe it. I figured I was in for a fight like everything else I've had to fight for. I am so very thankful. I have a colonoscopy tomorrow at 7a.m. (YUK!!) and hopefully by the afternoon when I'm lucid I'll call the doc and get on the schedule. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll have the trial in. With all of the cervical disc surgeries I've had I'm used to the no bending or reaching routine and with my wonderful hubby home with me now things will be a lot easier. Thank you all for your prayers.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, bilaterial knee replacements, total left shoulder replacement, years of chronic headaches and chronic pain, asthma.
Find blessings in every day!

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   Posted 9/1/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats! Wishing you smoother sailing from here on out & I hope the SCS works well for you.

Being able to follow the strict restrictions is so key to getting it to work. That was the worst part for me. :)

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   Posted 9/2/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeaaahhhh Nurse2!!!

I am stunned that they reversed the denial, but oh so pleased for you! I hope this will be the answer for you as it has been for Skye.

I hope your yucky procedure goes well too. I've been putting that one off for a long time and I plan to keep putting it off as long as possible.

Keep us posted!

All my best!
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