Monday, November 14, 2011

Just cut it off already

My shoulder and arm pain - yes the saga continues.  After countless medications, tests, pokes, and prods, turns out the minor damage in my disc that was spotted by the person who interpreted my MRI (surely someone knows that term) is not causing the pain.

Now I have pain in my forehead from banging it against a wall.

According to the neurosurgeon, there is no explanation for the pain I'm having, 


and that the only solution he has for me is a neurostimulator.

Neurostimulator (Kim's version):  a small pacemaker-like device that will be implanted into the lower back, with wires leading up to my neck where they are  implanted into my spine.  It tricks my body into feeling something other than the pain, and I'm told some people say it feels like a warm tingly sensation.

First they give me a trial run, and that means they put the wires into my neck, I wear them externally for a week (and the pacemaker-thingy is worn externally as well), and if I like what it does for me, then they will put it all on the inside.

But wait, there's more!!!


My insurance company is insisting I have a psychological work-up before they will approve the procedure.

Well, you'll be with Dr. So-and-So for about an hour and a half, then you'll take the test, just a true/false kind of a test on paper.

And how long does the test take?

Well, some people have to come back the next day to finish it...

Are you fucking kidding me?? 

No Ma'am I'm not fucking kidding you. 

Ok, maybe that last part didn't really happen but it did in my head so that's gotta count for something.

So tomorrow I get to be in Billings, MT, which is almost two hours away (isn't that special, Billings is where their guy is!), at 7:00 am.

Yay.  Me.

Who knows, maybe they'll find me insane.

That would answer so many questions...


Sub Radar (Mike) said...

Oh the joys of the medical system! Usually when I have a problem it takes so long to do the insurance stuff that the problem goes away on its own... hope that's the same in your case.

The Accidental Somebody said...

Mike I've been dealing with this stupid pain for a year and a half. It's not going anywhere.


Nat said...

All sounds horrendous... poor you!
Hope things go OK tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

Hello Kim,
If the purpose of this device is to divert your mind from the pain please know there is a cheap alternative and no surgery. I have a small gadget with wires that attach to your back (or other painful area) with sticky discs (like an EKG). You can vary the degree of electrical stimulation. It actually does work! I found this in one of the small catalogs we all get in the mail and the cost was about $50.

Diana Lesjak said...

Good luck tomorrow~

A Daft Scots Lass said...

chronic pain must be a Bitch!

" Hit It......." said...

Oh my hell...I am so sorry. I can feel your frustration. I went through a similar situation five years ago (i.e. different problem), but no one could ever figure it out. I am mortified to admit some of the tests that I went through.

Good luck at your appointment.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I cannot stand our health insurance. The Evil Twin's job quit carrying the insurance we'd had for years and gave us 2 choices to switch to. Only one of the choices didn't serve our county, so I called. "You mean that honestly, we only have one choice?" "Yes." We had to go with the suckitude.... Good luck with your appointment. I hope you don't have to go 2 days!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Chronic pain. Sucks. However that device would work for me if it poured morphine into my veins constantly.

Talk about feeling NO pain.

I'm sorry you're going through this. As a consistent pain mongerer, it ain't fun.

My Inner Chick said...

ooooh, I hope you are feeling better :(