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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Pain Management
Hi all,
first time here. I am scheduled to get a scs. april 6th. I am a 42 yr. old woman who has been in constant pain for the last 9 yrs. I have had 4 back surgeries the last one being a spinal fusion L4L5.Nine years ago. I have done the epidurals Many of them, In fact the max allowed each year. So my PS has suggested this procedure. I have seen 2 other specialists and they concur. I'm afraid and hopeful. I just want to be able to get through the day. I am taking morphine. Have been for a year. I am allowed 1 Vicodin for breakthrough pain. Its never enough. So I will try this. Wish me luck and I will post frequently to update.
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  • Welcome to Spine Health. If you look around the forum, you will see there are several of us with a SCS and several more going through the trial and waiting post trial for a permanent implant. Please post your experience and feel free to ask the rest of us any questions you may have. Most threads have SCS in the title so they should be easy to find. You can also put it into the SH search and find the threads. Lots of good reading.

    Sorry you have gone through what it takes to get to this point. I hope you find the SCS to be a welcome aid in the management of your pain.

  • BotzBotz Central FloridaPosts: 223
    Sounds like the right thing to try. Are you getting a trial on the 6th? That will tell you if the scs will work for you. I'm currently waiting for my permenant SCS. The trial worked very well managing my pain. Like haglandc said there is a ton of information here and many folks going thru the same issues as you. Feel free to ask any questions.

  • Yes, You are not alone here, we have the whole scenario of SCS treatment covered! Everything from just being told it should be tried to people who are living with the permanent and going about their lives again!

    A search will find it all, The good and the bad.
    I'm waiting for my permanent to be approved :W
  • I'm 42 as well, and just got my permanent SCS on Jan. 5th. I love it and have gotten most of my life returned to me. There is almost nothing I can't do now, within reason. (Not trying roller coasters or anything! lol)

    I fully researched this in all directions and had such an excitement and a peace about moving forward. I have the ANS/St. Jude Eon Mini and their website gave me a lot of answers. Power over your pain!

    Good luck with your trial!

  • Cheri, what exactly is a SCS? What does it do? How long after your fusion did it take them to realize that you had permanent nerve damage (looks like 2 years or so?)

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