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Please help!!!!!

So this is going to be kind of long but I have no where else to turn and I need advice. I am a 30 year old female. I have ddd, axonal neuropathy, stenosis, and chronic pain. I have had a microdisectomy on my L4-L5, many many injections, nerve root stimulator trial (which ended horribly), pain pump trial and then finally the permanent pain pump placement. I had my pain pump put in May 17th, 2017. The first 4 months were amazing!!!! I had no pain and was back to my energetic self!!!! About 2 months ago I went to sleep and woke up and had the most horrible nerve pain going down my leg. I made a doctors appt at my pain management place where they told me to get a ct scan. I went back and the doctor asked me if I had been into an accident because I had a new pretty large hernia room which was pressing on my sciatic nerve causeing my leg pain. I told him no I went to sleep and woke up like this. I got referred to a neuro surgeon and he told me I needed to get nerve testing done and I needed to get the cd for the ct scan I had done in the emergency room. So here’s where my problem comes in. I go back to my pain management because I have been in excruciating pain for 2 months now and he isn’t saying that they can’t do anything for my pain because it’s nerve pain from a new injury!?!?!?!?! I feel as if I’ve been running in circles. I can’t get the nerve study done until mid January so I know I won’t have surgery until a month after that. I’m just shocked and appalled that they are saying they can’t do anything for my pain when it’s a pain management place!!!! Has anyone run into this? Is there anything I can do? My quality of life is horrible and I just feel hopeless and like I’m not getting any help. Any suggestions out there would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks guys



  • Comes a time when you need to skip the PM MD and go to your primary for a referral to a neurosurgeon!

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Hello sperez
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but have you checked your contract with your PM doctor to see if it says anything about new"injuries"? If not, I would at least make another appointment and have him clarify his answer a little better.

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  • I'm with David on this one! Go to Primary Care Doc and see if they will work it up as a new injury. Your PM has certain steps they have to follow for insurance as does ER docs and primary Care docs.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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