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Kat_woman38KKat_woman38 Posts: 162
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all, I'm Kat, new member. Just found this site a few days ago while looking for info on the Cervical Stim, and like a beacon of light I found a couple posts here.

I've had health issues for around 15 years now. It began when I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and things progressed from there. I also have Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Benign Hypermobility.

I've had recurring problems with my back, most of the pain has been lower with a few bouts of sciatica. Earlier this year, I decided to see a chiropractor to see if they could help ease the pain enough that I could go back to work part time (I've been unemployed due to my health issues since 2003). She took my history and tons of x-rays, then after reading them, took me to a treatment room with a light box to tell me what she saw.

She told me that I have the neck of a 90 year old, and that the natural curve in my neck has actually been reversed, and that was the biggest problem I have. (I have since found that this has aggravated my worst "fibro" spot, near my right shoulder.) She recommended adjustments as needed, as well as traction therapy twice a week (not covered by insurance, of course, and $65 a treatment). She proceeded to adjust me, starting with my neck. I nearly screamed with the pain, and she had to stop. By that evening I couldn't move my right arm due to the tremendous pain.

I saw my PCP the next morning, who set me up with a surgeon, an MRI, and a pain specialist. The pain guy was about 12 I think, rude, and told me that he only gives nerve blocks, no other types of pain control. I went to the surgeon, and decided to have the surgery. I could have waited but he said that if I had a fall, or was in an accident, my spinal cord would more than likely be damaged. I had narrowing of the spaces and bulging discs at C5-6 & 6-7. They did an ACDF with hardware 7/13/09. So far, so good, though still a lot of pain.

Sorry for the book, and thanks for the great site!


  • sorry your still in pain. but its good youve made some progress after your neck surgery. youve joined a great group of very caring people here at SH.
    i hope some day you will return to work as it has been 6 years of no work. are you still looking in to a stimulator? good to meet you.....pete
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so glad you found us and stopped by.. :D good luck on your recovery.. =D> be sure and follow the doctor's orders.. :? stop by anytime! :D Jenny :)
  • for the warm welcome! I've already found a LOT of good info here, pretty great place!

    Pete, the doctor ordered the stimulator for me, and while I was in recovery the sales tech gave my hubby all the information on how to use it, etc. Mostly what I was looking for was real folks who had used it, side effects, success/failure, things like that. They gave me a booklet about it that had clinical trial information, but no real, clear info from folks who've used it since the trials.

    Thanks again for the warm welcome!
  • there are a tremendous amount of posts here written by people who have the scs inserted. just type scs in the search bar and start reading.
    in addition if you google st jude scs you will discover many people who have provided phone nos to discuss their experiences.i found the info very good.
  • welcome to spine health .i hope that you can get some good info and meet like minded people here
  • Pete, I don't have an SCS implant. The stimulator I have is a necklace type thingy, looks like a giant Hello Kitty necklace. It sends ultrasound waves into the neck to promote bone growth. It's also disposable, I guess it's programmed to work for 9 months and then stop working. I'll find out Wednesday if they think I'll need it that long, hopefully not.

    Straker, thanks for the welcome!

    Hope this finds you all having a painfree (or pain light) day!
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