I know Sharon said Medicare covered her testing and intervention. I suppose I am anxious to get the testing because I don't feel I have the luxury of waiting since I am already SPMS with estimated EDSS of 5.5 to 6.
To clarify - Medicare paid 80% and my supplemental insurance paid the remaining 20% (actually I was billed $7.62). Holly's Arizona HMO plan paid (I believe) 80% - she had to pick up the rest. My thought is to leave it up to Alex to battle with your insurance - she will let you know what your out of pocket expense will be.
Did a Tim Conway fall down our 4 back door's brick steps yesterday. Slow motion with a head bonk at the bottom of the stairs on the cement floor of the carport after an errand run.
You may want to pad that cement floor!!
If you have the procedure you will be on big doses of blood thinners and cannot afford to bonk your head on anything. Dr. Dake said that if I fell and hit my head I was to go to the emergency room immediately.
When I read about others excercising on here- Sharon- pilates, yoga, gym, golf and Marie the eliptical- boy do I feel like a wimp, but battle fatigue and it wins oftentimes especially when I have one of those nights I get about 4 hours of sleep.
Do not ever consider yourself a wimp ---- geez, you have to live with MS everyday. I know that I am fortunate to be able to exercise....to be 66 yrs old and have MS and still be able to play golf is a blessing which I am thankful for everyday. You that have more severe symptoms, that suffer with pain, that have bladder problems, fatigue and depression...you are my heroes. I walk with a limp but I am still able to do just about anything I want. My hope is that the CCSVI will halt my progression --I can live with a limp --I do not know how I would cope with what "my heroes" have to deal with on a day to day basis.
And, venting is good for the soul.