I suffer from a multitude of health issues post major surgery in 1994 for Stage 4 Endometriosis. Although my oncologist opened me from stern to pubic bone and "cleaned" my organs of implants, "as best he could", it was so widespread, it still affects my colon/bowels, rectum and vaginal canal. I already had insurmountable issues resulting from gastric bypass in 1987,
including inability to digest solids, dehydration requiring intravenous fluids, vitamin deficiences causing massive bone loss (orthopedic likened my bones to "Rickets") She administered Synvisc One shots into both knees, which helped me so-o-o much with my knee pain/mobility. She also said, however, since I REFUSE any additional surgery needed to replace knees, and I suffer from sciatica, with radicular pain up and down my spine on top of my female/pelvic/bowel/rectum pain, that she would recommend I seek a pain management facility. I've tried, but the epidurals were of no benefit to me. I could not tolerate pain meds strong enough to address the pain, due to gastric problems/intense gut reaction. I'm basically at this point, through my GP, taking Tramadol for pain, Zoloft, Ativan, Donnatal for colon spasms, of course stool softeners/stimulants because my bowels haven't moved naturally in 20+ years. My husband's engineering position was downsized, so we lost our insurance coverage--no more Synvisc One. Although I'm on disability, I had never signed up for Medicare, because my husband's insurance was more than sufficient coverage for me. I have just received my Medicare coverage, so my question is 2 fold...Will Medicare cover pain management doctor fees/meds/Synvisc One shots? Is there any pain med out there that can bypass my stomach pouch to address my level of pain? The Tramadol is not sufficent, but I can't digestively tolerate the stronger stuff, and I need to maintain mental clarity to function. Can anyone advise?