when I got shoved out of the low income health center yesterday, they set up an X-ray at a hospital they are affiliated with. and also said I should get an MRI (which I knew)
they included the price of the x-ray in this visit
and I guess I just walk in and say "hi my name is keith and paid for an x-ray"
anyway, here is my question
If I wanna get my $#@! together and see a spine specialist and get an MRI and all that.
should I shop around for an MRI myself (I am a cash patient)
and can you even do that?...they need a doctor's order for that right?
I cant just go to an MRI clinic and say "do my lower back please"
sorry if that is a stupid question, but the doc at the low income clinic said "get an MRI" and didnt go into detail.
or should I find a spine person, pay them $200 to say hello.
He/she order's an MRI, i go get and pay for that and then I go BACK to the spine guy and give him/her another $200 to look at it and go from there?
MRI's can go from $400 to $1300 for cash people
I know its my life and health and all that, i just wanna get it straight and not make a wallet breaking mistake.
and as all of you know, shuttling a bad back an extra "trip" can be the difference between 4 days of hell and 1 in terms of pain.
also, "spine specialist" "ortho" or "neurologist"?
I have a herniated disc (i think this because it has all the same symptoms as the last one I had) and am trying to avoid surgery after 2 failed endoscopic discectomies.
living in san diego
thanks so much for your patience with my nitpicking "hold my hand thru this" manner
even though I have been through this before, like a bad dream or stressful encounter your mind tends to fog it over for your sanity