... accident Jan 06. Permanent disability from numerous injuries to back and neck. I have tried everything to stop the pain in my legs. Pain can be excruciating. Only relief is from narcotic pain medicine. Does anyone in New Jersey know an honest pain management doctor who in not afraid to write a script for narcotic pain medicine. Today I called 23 pain doctors near my home and 13 would not prescribe narcotic pain meds and the other 10 MAY if I would have epidural injections. My insurance will not pay for anymore epidurals( 9+ 3 S1 joint injections) they say the\y are not medically necessary. Would appreciate any help. Thanks
Not medically necessary? Did you ask them if they were going to take your pain, if its not necessary? I'm sorry, but that's the general climate in this country. If you don't have insurance that will help you its almost impossible to see a pain management dr, because they want you to have all these other things that are expensive and the insurance won't pay. I had marcaine injected, it cost 3000 and insurance wouldn't pay, to top that off, it didn't help.
That is part of the reason insurance companies are refusing to cover epidurals. Studies are showing they offer little to no help over a placebo saline injection. Pain drs make millions of dollars with these injections. Try going to one or two of the pain docs and see what they say. Tell them that you have tried epidurals and they dont help (if that is true) and tell them your insurance doesnt cover them. have you tried gabapentin? It can work wonders for nerve pain like sciatica, in many cases better even than narcotic drugs. Most docs are trying to keep people off the opioids these days.Cymbalta may be another option. These drugs have to be taken for a while before they help. They are not like opioids where the pain goes away in a half an hour but they are much less habit forming.
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