Hello there everybody,
This is the 1st time I have been on this site, and I can't wait to get in touch with other chronic pain suffers.
My history is: Aged 18, I broke my back in 4 places after a
major road traffic accident on the motorway & ever since then I have suffering with chronic uncontrollable back pain, thats been nearly 11 years ago now, after trying all the pain releif tablets, muscle relaxants etc that my pain management doctor recommended everything has failed so he then recommened trying different types of spinal injections, so it then took us 3 years to try all of the different injections, none of which worked, so I did some research about the spinal cord stimulator & my pain management doctor agreed that it could help with a least some if not all of my pain, so we went ahead in Sept 08 to have the scs trial, the electrode was placed in the wrong area so I was getting the stimulation in my right boob & armpit instead of my back, then on my 2nd week of the trial I developed some kind of reaction to the exit wire that was placed inside my body, so the week after it had to be all removed. I've since had dermatology tests to rule out any allergy to any type of metal then on 27th April 09, I had my 2nd scs trial done. The 1st electrode was placed, again in the wrong area, so it now stimulates my left boob & armpit instead of my back, he tryed to place a 2nd electrode in but he could'nt get it to stay in place (I presume this is because of scar tissue, but he never said the exact reason why.)
So thats my history out of the way.
I've read a bit on this site about the scs trial being sucessfull for people suffering from chronic pain & would love to hear from these people, I'm going back to see my pain management doctor tomorrow afternoon to discuss my next step & options & am scheduled for the completion of the trial or the removal of the trial on 11th May & my worse fear is that he's going to want to take it out because he's got the placement wrong twice! I hope he says to keep it in & that he'll try to move the electrode to see if he can get better placement or that he's going to ask a neurosurgeon to do it for him.
If anybody has had any simular experiences to mine or if your a chronic back pain suffer & the scs has worked on your back pain.
I would love to hear from you, my only regret is I didn't find this site sooner & got other peoples sucessfull experiences to think about to help me through.
Hope everybodys not in too much pain today, and lets us all hope for some good pain releif for us all.
Take care x