I have been offered a trial spinal cord stimulator. I went to my Dr. today & told him that the reduced meds are killing me, I can not function in so much pain. He told me that I would now have to see a pain management specialist as there was nothing else he could do for me.
I then asked if I could get a tens unit. I really liked it at P/T. He wrote a prescription for it & said that my insurance will cover it. Then he told me about the spinal cord stimulator. He gave me a booklet & dvd (haven't watched the dvd yet), told me to research it on the internet & find out everyting I can. When I see him next month I can let him know if I want to try. He only does the trials & will be sent to a surgeon to have the permanent one implanted if I choose. It will be a 3 day trial, within those 3 days I will know if it's something that I want permanently. I was a bit puzzled as he said that it will only help with arm & leg pain & not the neck pain. My neck & shoulders & back are where most of the pain is all the time. I'll see what I can find here in the forums. I'm sure my questions will be answred here.
I am willing to try anything for some relief.
He took me off the flexeril as I think that is what has caused so much stomache pain. I intended to ask to be able to take more meds as the reduced shedule is so horribly painful. I didn't though. I will call him tomorrow & beg.
Any input on the spinal cord stimulator & or tens?