I couldn't agree more.
It's procedures like that, that keep the shot jock clinics running. The nearby hospital has a pain clinic that is a disgrace. They insist on writing ALL of your scripts and if you are not taking some sort of series of expensive (invassive) treatments, you don't get pain meds. So, once a month you have to go in and get some treatment and it is repeated over and over until the ins. provider refuses to cover it. At that point, they move on to the next treatment, so on and so forth. It takes about 18 months before Medicaid says enough is enough and cuts them off, at which time the patient is dropped and told to come back in a year for a case review. At that point, it starts all over again. In the meantime, you have no pain meds. I know several elderly pain patients whose primary docs dropped them because they were using the clinic for their other meds and not being seen by the primary. I feel blessed to have been cared for by the same sensible pain specialist for the last 11 years. In the early years, he tried several of the treatments. If something didn't help at all after the first try, he wouldn't repeat it. I am rambling. Hugz and prayers, all around.