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,
BANG BANG BANG
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.
Who knows, maybe they'll find me insane.
That would answer so many questions...