Sorry I haven't been posting much support. I'm still sore and tired from my surgery on Tuesday...yes, two days ago! I had a PM apt today that had been scheduled three months ago. I had someone drive me to be safe and I had told them in advance about the surgery, had my PM do the actual anestesia and PM for the surgery and made arrangements for them to have everything that the spine specialist had done sent to the office with a release (it was just consultation because of screwy MRI/x-ray/CT readings). So anyway, the PM nurse hands me a little cup (and I do mean little) and wants a UA. Normally, no problem, but I kind of just looked at her and said "I had bladder surgery two days ago...I notified your office and my PM did the work with me. I don't mind giving a sample, but it's kind of difficult and would not be accurate because of the meds given during surgery". Can you say attitude???? She puts her hand on her hips and says that it's been a while and they need one. I know I must have looked somewhat confused because anyone who has had bladder surgery knows that things don't exactly work well for a while after surgery and even going is hard to do. No way around it though, so I take the tiny little cup (wish I could have just peed in a bucket), but tried to ring the thing with the dribble, dribble and kept getting it all over the cup, all over me, all over my hands, and in the commode (but very little in the cup). I passed it through the little box and then finished washing up and came out. Next thing I hear is her talking to the other nurses about how nervous I was about taking the test!!! Ugh!!! What an idiot!!! Then she wanted to act like I hadn't really had the paperwork sent over from the spine specialist....finally I found a card and had her call them and sure enough, they were cc'd on the results already.
I did get the opportunity to talk to the PM and give him my information. I reminded him that I had just seen him on Tuesday, but that he had not recognized me because I looked so different without makeup. He remembered and then we discussed the UA, the meds I'm on, the fact that I don't want an SCS (which he absolutely agreed with), when I could have more NA and why my
test results showed no nerve damage but the NA worked so well for a while. According to him, the small nerve in the facet joints does not show well on the tests and it is obviously a problem or it wouldn't have responded so well to the NA. He was really great, but I sometimes wonder what gets written down after you leave.
This nurse was insane and it's stupid for me to pay over $1000.00 (even if insurance does pay) for a UA that is useless. I don't take meds I'm not supposed to, I don't use illegal drugs, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do anything else I'm not supposed to do. Now I have to wonder what is going to show up in test that should never have been run. Of course, it will show stupid things. I was asleep!!! I have no idea what all I was given or how to tell them what I was given!!