What Options Do I Have Left?

I have a history of degenerative disc disease, osteoarthitis, osteophytes (and other such conditions) that currently affects 5 levels of my spine (C3-T1). The area worst affected is the C5-C6 which shows severe narrowing of the nerve paths. Besides the chronic pain involved, I also experience neurological symptoms such as losing sensation in hands, inability to walk on occasion, dropping things, etc. Because of these symptoms, I have been unable to work. My doctors said that surgery was an option... until I had to quit my job and changed insurance from Blue Cross & Blue Shield to Medicaid. Medicaid, of course, pays a lot less than other insurances. After my insurance was changed, all of a sudden, the doctors changed their minds about surgery, saying that I was "too young" for surgery (I'll be 35 in April). I suspect that the sudden change in opinion has everything to do with my insurance and how little they would be paid for the procedure. My condition is getting worse. The lack of being able to work is causing financial hardship. What options do I have left. Consider in your answer the fact that I have evidence of the doctors changing their mind about surgical procedures when my insurance changed. Thanks for reading.

Asked By: Dan H - 2/6/2009
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Dan, I've read through this, and it does sound like you are pretty sick. It is true that Medicaid does reimburse much less. Some physicians do not like to be Medicaid providors. However, there ARE some doctors out there who are smart, caring, and compassionate, who ARE willing Medicaid providors. I have worked with... More
Answered By: Bette Davis Eyes - 2/6/2009
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This is YOUR life, YOUR health, and YOUR pain....I think you owe it to yourself to get a second opinion. It definitely couldn't hurt. No one knows YOUR body and how YOU feel more than yourself and this is your life and health and quality of life at stake...Take Good Care!!
Answered By: Boston Terrier Lover - 2/6/2009
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