Hello, I am new to this thread.
Just wanted to share my story and see if I can get some recommendations/help/more info...
It all started with playing in a soccer tourney one weekend and then coming back home really sore, especially in the groin area. I toughened it out and continued playing with soreness in leagues later that week. The soreness in the rest of my body went away after about a week,, however, the soreness in my groin on the left side intensified and has not gone away since.
I went to my my PCP and told me that i had a "strained groin" and to give it 2 weeks for resting. Two weeks went by the soreness did NOT go away and was pretty much the same. It would feel good some days and then often flare up. With frustration I went back to my PCP and then recommended I do a few weeks of PT. After about 3-4 weeks of PT I was NOT seeing any results.
Out of frustration, and after doing some research, my symptoms were that of a sports hernia. I asked my PCP to refer me to a sports medicine doctor and when i saw the hernia specialist, he recommended I get a "sports hernia" specific MRI. After getting the results back the Hernia specialist said I had "Osteitis Pubis" and referred me to the hip specialist. Keep in mind this whole fiasco has been going on for over 5 months now. By this time I had done more research and read about Dr. Meyers, Dr. Mushaveck, as well as others. I mentioned Dr. Meyers to the hip specialist and he said he would make a referral to see Dr. Meyers given that he was a hip specialist and my hip is completely fine. After Dr. Meyers office got in contact with me, they told me about the process and how they would do a consultation, an MRI, and surgery the next day if it was needed. However, the lady over the phone, when asking for my insurance information, said that Blue cross Blue shield does not cover anything, maybe the consultation fee due to the fact that Dr. Meyers uses a particular code that is known for "experimental procedures" and therefore BCBS does NOT cover the surgery.
In that case I would have to pay out of pocket and the total cost would be anywhere from $12,000-$18,000 which is not possible for me. After coming to this realization and as disheartening as it was to hear this over the phone, I researched another doctor in California, Dr. Brown. Out of desperation I called his office given that this doctor was in network with my insurance and spoke to one of the secretaries who was very helpful. I told her my story and she told me that they get a lot of patients from Dr. Meyers because of the same reason with insurance. She told me to email Dr. Brown and send him a picture of my MRI results as well as a picture of my insurance card. Dr. Brown got back to me relatively quick and even gave me his personal cell number. He recommended I get an injection of the adductor longus tendon with marcaine and a steroid. He said if I feel better for a few hours then that is strong evidence that the adductor longus is the etiology of my pain. If I did not feel better after this then he said to inject the symphysis pubis with marcaine and a steroid, and to let him know the results. I asked him what would be the next step if this did not fix the issue he said I would need surgery.
So I have scheduled an appointment to get said injections to see if this could fix my problems before even considering surgery and having to travel to California.
I apologize this is such long message but this has been my odyssey in trying to find a solution for my injury. I have not been able to play soccer and can run for short periods of time. If you all have any recommendations, comments, or any experience with Dr. Brown that you would be willing to share with me and everyone else on hear it would be greatly appreciated!
Late reply...but your story sort of describes where I'm at right now. I also have BCBS insurance. I saw a specialist (Dr. Bharam) yesterday and after reading my MRI determined that I have multiple tears on each side of the rectus-abdominis and a central slip tear which all falls under the blanket of sports hernia/athletic pubalgia. He thinks I need surgery as I have been in PT for a month now and haven't run for 2 months already, but he wants me to get as second opinion from another doctor (Dr. Zoland) first. My problem is I cannot afford surgery that isn't covered my insurance, and neither of the doctor's take BCBS.
I plan on getting a second opinion from a local sports medicine/surgeon tomorrow that does take my insurance.