ADR Recovery

This blog chronicles my recovery from a new type of major back surgery, Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR). I injured my back at L5/S1 when I was 9 and have always struggled with back pain, but was unable to walk after a minor car accident in ‘05. Research became my second job and with the support of my family and friends, I decided go under the knife. My intention is to keep my friends updated while I recover and help others who are suffering with back pain understand the recovery process.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Over the hump

It's day 27 post-op and I've finally started feeling like a normal person again! I'm only taking 5 Oxy each day so I'm not drugged up all the time and hope to be off the med's in the next 2 weeks. I've been keeping busy by paying bills, making phone calls and watching lots of bad television....

Mom took me to see "Cars" yesterday, it was great to really get out. I had to stand during a lot of the movie, but it was still fun. Also, I walked 2.5 miles yesterday and still felt great!

I was in a bad mood yesterday after talking to my old insurance company, United Healthcare. They are denying my facet joint blocks - test to determine if my facet joints are a pain generator - so now I have to fill out an appeal. The procedure cost about $13,000. In total I have over $15,000 in appeals with UHC.

Here's what bothers me; I have good insurance, I have a good paying job, but I couldn't afford to pay these bills if I had to. What are people supposed to do? I had no idea that they wouldn't cover this procedure when it was performed. I was in so much pain, I needed to figure out what was wrong and my doctor advised me to have this test, I never thought an insurance company would have a problem with that! The more I deal with the insurance companies the more angry I get.