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No spinal stim implant for now

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While Cimmy and I were away getting some groceries and lunch, the nurse at the specialist’s office called (i.e., she left a message.  No, not voicemail– we kick it old-school with answering machine hardware).

The doctor refuses to proceed with a stimulator implant.

So I can go back to the pain center and wait 6 to 12 months for another chance.

Have no idea what I’m talking about?  See here, here, and here.

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Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me. The username is still unique as of 2016, so it's just me, and only me. It's the real me, because I'm bad at faking otherwise.

6 thoughts on “No spinal stim implant for now

  1. Oh that is too bad, jak! Sometimes, I think doctors just keep referring patients back to other doctors and tests. Kind of like, “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine.” No pun intended.
    Feel better soon.

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    • Thanks, C.C. I requested the referrals myself, mostly because the doctor at the pain center was fully ready to proceed, but I couldn’t do it on the day appointed. So I find it strange that the doctor who informed me about the procedure in the first place now won’t do it. So, this morning, I asked that the referral be sent back to the pain center, and now I guess I’ll wait six months to a year.

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  2. Did the doctor have a reason???

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    • There was no explanation or reasoning that I could tell– the nurse said simply “he feels that’s not a step that he is willing to take” and “not interested”, but nothing more than that.

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      • Egad. Are you looking for a different (more communicative) doctor?

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        • Well, I’ll go back to the doctor (I’ll refer to him as Dr. D) I was seeing at the pain center… the drawback was simply because I had the *cough* trots on the day of the procedure, I couldn’t do it that day and the triage nurse said they only did that procedure once or twice a year. I guess that makes a certain amount of sense since Dr. D is young and still somewhat fresh– I think he might be younger than me, actually, if not very close to my age.

          I’ve had problems with Dr. B, the other doctor, before. I do trust him somewhat because he did my fifth epidural cortisone injection. However, I explained to him before he did it that I did not respond to cortisone very well at all, but he said, since it was in a new area (L4-L5; my surgery was a fusion on L5-S1) that it should do better.

          By the time I came back to say, “See, it didn’t work,” I was meeting with his nurse since he was out of the country. Last Monday, I told her, “Cortisone just doesn’t work well at all” because since the previous injection, I’d also had a cortisone shot right into my right surgery scar (and that HURT), but it only lasted maybe a day.

          This nurse had also been a little pushy about bariatric weight loss surgery, which I would have to do a separate psych eval for anyways, and the psychologist explained that to me.

          To sum up, yeah, I don’t think I’ll go back. But my options are always limited, being on Medicaid and Medicare, and being on a special needs plan for Medicare with Humana– Humana is good, but does not have a lot of providers available to me.

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