I am now 8 weeks post op from lumbar disc replacement - page 3

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Thank you to all those who answered my questions about lumbar disc replacement. I am now 8 weeks post op and am thrilled with the results. I have gone from 20mg of morpine every 2 hrs to 2 paracetamol per day.:) I had L4/5 and... Read More


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    Hi,
    this is my first post, so if I do anything wrong .. please be patient.
    I am currently on W/C for a back injury. I have received, P.T. pain meds and chiropractic. I do not want epidural injections. I have said that I would consider surgery when I can no longer get oob.
    I want to return back to work preferrably in the ICU where I injured myself. However, would NICU be less of a strain on my back? how about L& D? I am not really interested in a desk job.
    I live in So. Cal and would be interested in hearing any and all advice about disc replacement or job replacement.
    Thanks
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    Catfish RN,

    Be careful!! Once you have surgery, it seems things just keep getting worse (at least that is my experience). If you can go with conservative interventions, they are the best. If you go with epidural injections, make sure the doctor is good. If you want to go back to work, NICU is a good option, but there is a lot of leaning of the beds. L&D is not a great choice since you often have to assist patients into positions and this puts a great amount of strain on your back(especially when pt has epidural). Consider wearing a back brace/support. You have to learn to function with the pain. 20 minutes sitting, 20 minutes up walking. No twisting or bending over. Regular massage seems to be benefitial. I hope this helps. Good luck.
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    Quote from alwaysinpain
    Dear Healing Mom,

    I just got a rejection for the ADR (Charite) from BC. I am going to appeal their decision. I am 45 yrs old and have 3 children. My quality of life is greatly declined. I take pain meds around the clock just so that I can straighten up and do light work around the house. I have 2 discs that need replacement - one is completely gone and the other is on its way. I have been suffering for over 2 yrs. I finally faced the fact that I am going to need surgery only to find out that my insurance won't cover it. I am beside myself. However, I have to have something done because I am building a tolerance to the pain meds and they are messing up my system. If I have to I will pay for the surgery myself, but I find that option to be, quite frankly, absurd. What luck have you had with your appeal? Also, how are you managing with your symptoms and your daily life? I look forward to talking with you as I feel so awful and now depressed after the rejection. Thank you!

    I was denied through Insurance at all levels. Appeal didn't do anything either. I am afraid to pay out of pocket in case of major problem following surgery that insurance may not cover do to non-approval of treatment. At this point, it is try to deal with things day to day. I don't know the answer. Hopefully insurance will change their thinking soon. Good luck
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    Quote from healing_mom
    I was denied through Insurance at all levels. Appeal didn't do anything either. I am afraid to pay out of pocket in case of major problem following surgery that insurance may not cover do to non-approval of treatment. At this point, it is try to deal with things day to day. I don't know the answer. Hopefully insurance will change their thinking soon. Good luck
    You always have the option of going to your employer and requesting out of plan approval. If you are a valued employee, they just might agree! Remember that the insurance company covers what is written into the plan. Some companies are self funded and thus can write their own plan.
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    I'm so encouraged to hear that the disc replacement works so well. I'm sceduled to discuss it with Dr. Yue in New Haven, CT in March. I was not aware of insurance company approval problems or the possibility of a long waiting period. Like others, I too am increasing the pain meds quickly and am anxious to get this over with. I had a 5mm cyst removed last in May of 2005 which helped some. Then cancelled fusion surgery 3 days before it - and just heard about the disc replacement option. I'd love to know more and will share what I can find out.
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    I swore I would never have back sugery. I was hurt at work and was in so much pain I could not hardly stand it, but I never missed a day for work. Went to the surgeon and he told me I had 2 choices wheelcair or surgery. I had the fusion anterior/posterior using my rib. I was off work only one month and am absolutely pain free!!!! Before surgery my leg constantly felt like it does when it has been asleep and waking up with pins and needles. Pain meds, blocks nothing touched it. I am so glad I had the surgery only regret is not having it sooner. I suffered for nealy a year after getting hurt, before having the surgery. I know I am one of the success stories and not everyone has such a good outcome, but I was to the point I refused to live my life in pain if there was even a remote possibility the surgery would decrease the pain.


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