I had an appt with ortho doc last month. I met with him for about 20 minutes. He views my MRI on disc and recommended a discogram. From his interpretation of it, it was a simple procedure. After researching, I discovered in my opinion it isn't simple. It requires a driver, IV, performed in hospital, create more pain than normal, and assist with pin pointing the pain generator disc. I've called ,I requested the billing codes and called my insurance to find out more, such as a 3 level injection and CT scan. My co-pay is $750 and insurance covers the rest. It took 2 weeks for doctor he referred me to within his ortho facility to call and scheduled. I informed her that I want to meet with ortho specialist first because I have many questions about the procedure and why he didn't recommend anything less invasive. I have done PT in the pass. I have used over the counter drugs, Icenter, heat, stretching, and prevented movements that cause or increase pain. I have been an athlete al my life, even collegiate, and continue noon besides me scaling when discomfort occurs. I have L-4 - L5, L5 - S1 degenerating which caused bulge and narrowing per the printed MRI diagnosis. I have my husband going to appt with me today to discuss and ask questions, because I couldn't get it over the phone. This ortho specialists is great and accepts patients of his choosing but I'm confused as to why we wouldn't try epidermal injections, pain and inflammation medicine, etc. I just can't understand who I would pay so much to create more pain. Thank you for your help. I'm just confused and this seems to be the beginning of my journey.
L4 - L5 Diffused Annular Disc Bulge
L5 - S1 Diffuse Concentric Disc Bulge, caused neural foraminal canal narrowing bilaterally, left more significant
Sciatic pain on left left