View Full Version : SS: Doctors and experimental treatments
10-20-2003, 10:41 PM
About a month ago, my pain doctor read a study which indicated that for some unknown reason botox injections have been shown to put my alleged condition into remission/stop it. He told me that if I didnt respond to my last treatment that he would like to do the Botox treatment which is experimental before he tried the nerve block which involves a 10"needle under my spine to hit my nerve bundle. Mostly because its less invasive...he then told me that he wasnt sure if I even had the condition that required these treatments. I asked him if insurance would cover it...he didnt know.
Either way, I got a call last week to schedule the botox injections. I asked if they had cleared it with the insurance and I was told that they had not even tried, they needed to schedule the appointment before they went to the insurance. So today, I called the doctors office to check on the insurance....and the fockers didnt call me back. I will try to reach them again tomorrow, but if I dont hear from them I am going to have to cancel the procedure because I am not paying $2000 for experimental injections!
10-21-2003, 07:31 AM
Yeah, I'd hold off on that... most insurance companies specifically exclude coverage of experimental treatments.
On the other hand, sometimes the doc/hospital will cover the cost in return for your feedback of the treatment.
10-21-2003, 08:27 AM
wouldn't it be nice if it worked tho? can't blame you for not wanting to fork out that kinda dough on something experimental.
10-21-2003, 02:53 PM
At 8:30 this morning I got a call back from the hospital...seems that the procedure was allowed by my insurance company. I dont know whether to happy or sad. Freaking needles. Now I need to call the Doc and see where my Valium script is.:ugh: I hate this.
10-22-2003, 01:02 PM
Thanks. T-minus 1.5 hrs till I have to leave...procedure is at 1pm. Have to take my valium at 12.
10-22-2003, 01:39 PM
well it won't make things worse uf, and i'll bet it will make it better.
BOTOX PARTY @ ufcrusher's house!!!! :P
10-22-2003, 10:53 PM
What fun. Its done....it was painful, but done. Now the wait begins....3 days until I will feel any relief, if any.
Think positively. You WILL feel relief, then no more needles! :)
I really hope this fixes things for you!
10-23-2003, 01:52 PM
I am thinking positively. I am sure this will work. Once the incredible pain I woke up this morning subsides. No driving for me. Damn stick shifts.
10-24-2003, 04:13 AM
As of 1am...still hurting like hell. Time for sleep.
I hope you are feeling better.
10-24-2003, 02:46 PM
Thanks for all the well wishes. Still hurting but that might be from the extra liquid in my ankle or the fact that they were manipulating the needle inside of me to spread the botox all around. Being the needle phobe that I am and unaware of what they were going to do, I chose to do it without anesthesia. I wish they explained that they were going to manipulate the needle once it was inside me.
11-08-2003, 12:12 AM
how is it now? did it help any?
11-08-2003, 07:58 AM
hey UF..remember last year when Mr.Melon has his eye problem and we had to take him to Geisinger Medical to see the specialist..he eventually ended up having surgery to remove damaged muscle from around his eye..and moved the muscles that were left to compensate for the ones they removed..to allow for proper healing=they wanted to inject botox into the muscles into the corner of his eye to temporarily paralyze the muscles so the other side where they did all the would heal..it was supposed to last 3 months..guess what??? thousands of dollars and weeks later...the opthamalogy neuro surgeon told us the BO-TOX DID NOT WORK..his reason..because sometimes the batches work and some times they don't-its hit or miss with botox..
so don't waste your money.
11-10-2003, 01:37 AM
Well I would have to agree that the Botox was worthless at least in me. It will be interesting to see what the Doc says when I see him again..whenever that is. He still hasnt called to schedule the follow-up like he said he would.
Doctor/Office sounds really unprofessional. Maybe look into a new one?
11-10-2003, 04:04 PM
Everyone keeps blaming his staff, including the Doc himself and other Docs not affiliated with him. I actually talked with one of his staff telling them to do something and it didnt get done. I think the staff there is a bunch of fools. This was confirmed by me getting a bill for something because I got a bill for something that I didnt have to pay for. I called them and was told that my insurance had only paid part of the bill. I told them there was an obvious error and they should resubmit it. They refused telling me to call my insurance and then if my insurance said so, to call them back. I called my insurance and was told that they had fully denied the bill since the doctors office submitted the bill on the wrong bill. Bunch of freaking idiots.
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