Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Today is my first follow-up appointment with the surgery. I’ll be getting my stitches out and hopefully finding out how they think the surgery went. Right now I mostly feel the same as I did before the surgery - some leg pain, a teeny bit of back pain, some bladder issues, but without any sciatica. I’m hoping the other problems (they do seem a bit lessened) may be affected by an irritated nerve that’s recovering from the surgery, and from having disc cooties touching it for so long. If so, then I can look forward to more healing. If not, then I’ll have to work hard in physical therapy and strengthen my back to help prevent future problems. Oh, today I got a scary bill from the lab that did…
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Medical Bills Rolling In

Medical Bills Rolling In

In the mail today, we got the surgery statement from the insurance company and the bill from the pain management doctor. From what we could decode, my (selective nerve root block ) injections were $7000...EACH! Had I known, I would’ve just gone straight to surgery, or at least stopped after the first one didn’t do much good. Okay, I understand that he has to pay all of the assistants and give money to the surgery center, but it was like a production line, with at least several of us at a time waiting with IVs in our arms. The procedure took maybe five minutes of his time. Let’s be generous and give him more time. Still, he’s billing $35,000+/hour. An HOUR. My surgery was $19,000. I’ve had more than $40,000…
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