MRI and pacemaker
I received my pacemaker 7 years ago this summer. I expect that possibly later this year I would have to have my pacemaker and/or battery replaced.
Recently I have had ACDF surgery for cervical radiculopathy. I also have lots of other spine issues including my lumbar spine. Because with my current PM I could not have an MRI, I had to make do with CT scans and a myelogram. My spine surgeon (and a 2nd opinion) basically said that was enough, they could clearly see my bulging discs and bone spurs etc. (I had 3 level ACDF).
The problem is that this surgery has NOT helped me, and if fact the nerve pain and numbness is worse down my right hand/arm. They tell you it might take a year to get better, but even my surgeon clearly expected I would at least get some relief, and I would venture that like me, he wonders if something else is going on that was missed.
So to sum up, I would like to be able to ask my cardiologist to replace both the pacemaker AND the leads, as I have read that the leads themselves are what make the PM not compatible with the MRI.
Has anyone else been in this situation? What should my expectations be? Will it come down to insurance? I have Medicare and the United Healthcare supplement, which is very good.
Thanks in advance..