This afternoon I had an appointment with the Physician’s Assistant at Austin Pain Associates to discuss additional back treatment(s). I am scheduled for a Radio Frequency Thermocoagulation (RFT) along with an epidural steroid injection on the left side on Friday July 12. Then on August 2, I’ll have these procedures on the right. The insurance company will not allow both sides to be done at the same time. That really ticks me off!! I don’t know why in the world it would make a difference to them. It will actually cost them more because there will be two surgery center bills.
I hope this combination of procedures will work. In 2009 I had a series of three epidural steroid injections, which gave me great relief; but the effects lasted only a few weeks. The effects of the RFT which I had in 2012 lasted about eight months.