If you had a choice in dealing with chronic back pain and sciatica, would you stick to oral pain meds or go for an SCS or pain pump? My doctors think a pain pump would be good for me and help me gain back more functionality. It won't take the pain away and I may need BT meds, but my question is IS it better? I have moderate nerve compression caused by post op scar tissue and it is also causing additional back pain on top of what I already have. My pain level used to be around 4 on meds, and now it averages at 6.5 to 7. Any worse than that I would be on the phone with my doctor. I would like to get it down to a 3-4 which I have found tolerable with medication of course. I know having this procedure is invasive but I need it also because of permanent nerve damage. No matter what I take, the pain is constant and anytime I want to do something it feels worse. I don't want to live in bed forever.