Posted 10/16/2014 12:56 PM (GMT -6)
So far I've got a letter from my neurosurgeon that is very open-ended acknowledging this is and is going to be an ongoing situation that is in need of addressing. I've got his support 110%.
My PMD also wrote a letter.
I had PT yesterday. (Which I've been missing, along with the gym, due to this lingering and crazy cold type bug or whatever it is). When we discussed goals and such, he reminded me that "pain" doesn't mean a gosh darn thing as far as insurance goes. So "pain management" in and of itself isn't reason enough. (I know, must of us gathered as much).
But he kept prodding me to expound on my reasons for seeking to continue, and as the list went on and on, I said, "Isn't it just common sense that I want to be able to do my ADL, regain ROM, affect a change re: muscle imbalance, and the fact I have a withered left lower limb and foot drop that's getting worse, I'm constantly at risk for falling?"
He said YES! But he needed to hear that come out of my own mouth before he could commit it to writing!
At least we finally got there, so his letter is going off to my PCP so that she can write a letter. Then it's up to ME to compile and fax their letters along with my own to my insurance.
So the point is: Keeping in mind when discussing PT (etc.?) that focusing on pain elicits little response, but maintaining the topic of ADL and ROM,....we're more apt to get better results.
That was my message.
...........end transmission! :)