angelofmusic911MemberMarch 11, 2013 at 8:35 pmPost count: 1
I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, two fractured vertebra (trying to heal) and herniated discs. I have had numerous xrays and MRIs, but have now lost my insurance and basically don’t know where to turn. The pain is unbearable at times, I have problems walking, standing for long periods of time, sitting for long periods of time, at times, driving sends shock waves throughout my body and I can’t take the pain anymore. I am desperate to find help, but was also told by the last orthopedic surgeon that it may be too late for surgery. What can I do now? The pain is tearing my life apart. I have been married for almost 18 years and we have 4 teenagers that I feel like I am missing out on their lives.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMarch 15, 2013 at 5:59 pmPost count: 8652
It is normally never too late for surgery but delaying surgery can sometimes lead to a poorer outcome. You can possibly obtain Medicaid and then seek treatment at a county or university hospital that would take Medicaid. This will require some substantial research on your part but I think you are motivated.
If Medicaid is not possible, there are some jobs that would provide health insurance after a period of time. This is assuming that you could control your pain well enough and work the necessary period of time to cover the exclusionary period to your preexisting condition.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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