Day Hiker wrote:Unless it's really bad and you plan to get surgery, or you've already satisfied this year's insurance deductible, say no to the nerve-conduction test. I hadn't met my deductible yet, and I have to pay over $500 for this stupid test that tells me little more than I already know.
The cu** of a doctor billed to the insurance company a pre-adjusted amount of over $3500 for a non-invasive procedure that required no medication or anesthesia or assistants and took no more than 20 minutes. I understand that medical professionals need to recoup costs for education, equipment, etcetera. But $3500+ for one person for a 20-minute non-surgical procedure is just f-ing insane.
marcminish wrote:The only test I had was the doctor tapping me on the arm/hand and asking questions. He's the same guy that has told me a couple of times words to the effect of, "Well, some docs will tell you that you need XYZ test... but it won't really do any good." Appreciate the tip though. I'll let you know if he suggests it.
He told me that I pretty much just have to live with it, maybe wear a brace. The only alternative is to have some kind of surgery where they drill a hole through my wrist bones. I'm rather knife averse as you might guess.
It has gotten to the point that even driving hurts. I have to type with care now too. Climbing is out for good. The pain never completely goes away ever. Doc said the surgery can eliminate the pain but I'll have to forever be sensitive about what I do. Is that what your doc said too?
Have you had the surgery?
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