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Neurostimulation Therapy

NealNNeal Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Pain Management
I've had my surgeries, had injections, doing pain meds now without relief. Now my doctor wants me to try this Neurostimulation Therapy where a device is implanted in the abdomen with leads going over to the spine. It's supposed to block the pain signals from getting to the brain.
I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had this done and how did it work for you? I'm going to try it but wanted to hear what others have to say too. Thank you and God Bless all.


  • Yes there are several of us who receive great benefit from neurostimulation. If you search the forums under Spinal Cord Stimulation or SCS you will find several very informative threads discussing as much as you could think to ask.

    Feel free to ask any questions you have though and I'm sure someone will do their best to answer you.

  • Thank you "C". I'm going to check it out right away.
  • Personally Im 10 days out and I love it. Its been an answer to a prayer. I have severe CPRS of my right upper extremity and was on alot of meds too. Lyrica, darvocet, ultram, zoloft, ambien to sleep. also tried cervical blocks, botox injections, physical therapy and nothing worked. I got this thing and I love it. First you go through a trial period with percutaneous leads and then if it works for you they do the surgery to implant the device. Any more questions just ask.
  • I also am thinking of trying the neurostimulation therapy. Does this limit your ability anyway? I worry about showers,pools and water in general. I know it sounds strange but it has been worring me!! i want to get feeling better soo bad!! so tired of hurting!! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

  • Tina, there is a whole section devoted to discussing the Spinal Cord Stimulator. You should check that out and also talk with your pain mgt doctor who can provide you with more specific information and manufacturer's brochures and learning aids.

    Once your incisions are healed, there is no problem with water of any type. I was restricted to no tub baths or hot tubs for six weeks after my surgery and wasn't allowed to shower for one week until my incisions healed and the tape was removed. Of course, during the trial period, when all of the mechanics are on the outside, you have to stay away from water completely.
  • I have had an SCS(spinal cord stimulator) but am sorry to say it did not work for me. Please be aware that they do not work for everyone.

    Most people do get good relief from them and I would never tell anyone NOT to have the trial. All you have to loose is your pain.

    Best of luck to you both.

    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • thnx! I have since talked to a representative and she was very informative! I have to runs some tests and wait for insurance to agree and then hopefully I can recieve this so I can get some relief with my pain!! Thnx Tina
  • thnx! I pray that this will work for me! I have talked to a representative from Medtronic and now am waiting on a callback from insurance. Tnx! Tina
  • The treatment option that suits you best depends on your type of pain, how severe it is, and how you react to pain treatment.Before receive a neurostimulation system, tell your doctor what you can expect. You may be a temporary system of several days to see if the treatment works for you.
  • You should definitely have a trial before a permanent SCS implant. Ask for a seven-day trial, After three days, you may still be sore from the lead placement in your spine and want to spend too much time in bed to evaluate your pain relief satisfactorily. People who have three-day trials ofter regret they did not do it longer before making a decision.

    At the hospital where I had my SCS trial, they told me that about 70% of patients who have the trial have at least 50% pain relief. Of those who go on to have a permanent SCS implant, about 70% have long-term pain relief.

    In my case, I was very hopeful before my trial but the stimulation did not block my pain at all. I could feel the buzz of the stimulation, and I could feel the pain, same as without the stimulation. My brain could distinguish neural stimulation from radicular pain from the beginning. SCS did not work for me.
  • There are several of us who receive great benefit from neurostimulation. If you search the forums under Spinal Cord Stimulation or SCS you will find several very informative threads discussing as much as you could think to ask. This is really important to know more about it.
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