I'm wondering how often you can get a spine MRI and have it covered by insurance? I realize it depends on the insurance but I'm curious about people's experiences. (In my experience for the same body part it needs to be a year apart unless a new injury occured, not to follow up on the same injury healing.)
I've had a fusion C4-C7 in 2015. I have herniations in my C3-C4, C7-T1, T2-T3, L5-S1. My father hit me in my thoracic spine hard twice and it whipped my head back as far as it could go. This happened 3 weeks ago and I'm still having radiating pain and weakness in my arms. Before the hit, my C3-C4 was touching my spinal cord but not compressing it so they left it alone. I'm somewhat afraid to get an MRI and find new cord compression and need another fusion. I'd like to wait for about 2 months and see if I can heal whatever has happened.
(At the same time, if I wait, I have on my record an injury. If anyone has ever had a motor vehicle accident go to deposition, the other side uses every headache you've ever reported as something to blame your spinal injury on. Yesterday, I was going to make a left at a green light when a car came speeding towards my driver's side door and slammed on its brakes. I was almost side hit by an SUV going through a red light. Thank God nothing happened but if it did I could have trouble with my bills even when the other driver is at fault.)
I'm worried about 2 scenarios. Mostly, if I get an MRI and it shows cord compression they will want to go ahead with the surgery. If I wait 2 months to get the MRI's maybe I can heal it.
• If I get the MRI now does insurance cover you getting another MRI so soon to see if it healed? Would they do it in 6 months to see if it's better?
I appreciate anyone's insight and experience.