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inform4691 posted:
My 75 yo mother began having L leg pain 2 wks. ago that she told no one about. Four days ago, the pain became severe and her leg "gave out" leading to a fall. She went to the ER and was given hydrocodone and flexeril. The next day an MRI showed ruptured disks @ L4-L5. Her PCP told her she would "get right on this' in referring her to a neurosurgeon. Three days later, no contact has been made by the PCP or the surgeon to my parents. They called PCP's office and left a message yesterday, and have heard nothing. Mom says the meds are "not touching the pain", her" leg feels like jello" and she has not slept for four days. Can she self-refer to a neurologist if she's on medicare. I'm 11 hours away from her and feeling helpless. Any insights to this would be helpful.
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello.

I looked at information on the Medicare website (http://www.medicare.gov/ ) and it appears a referral from the primary doctor is required.

Your parents should continue to pursue this assertively with the primary doctor. Keep calling the office, talk to staff, even drive over if necessary.

I hope your mother gets the treatment and relief she needs soon.
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Blessings,

-Dave


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