Hi, I have recently been reading up on SCS as I didn't even know it existed.
I have chronic radiculapathy and weakness to my left arm as well as deep pain in my right arm. This is all caused from a cord compression and i have had 2 separate cervical fusions. I have been in chronic pain for the last year. My arms hurt constantly. I have been on lyrica with initially satisfactory relief but now that does not seem to help. My quality of life is becoming worse and I cry everyday. I have norco and muscle relaxants with minimal relief. I don't want to take these meds anymore. All they do is make me tired. I continue to work full time and i want to work. I wonder why SCS has never been suggested to me before. My Physiatrist manages my pain meds now. When I try to tell her how bad my arms hurt she is sympathetic but doesn't want to make any changes.
At what point do you ask to try SCS and does it work for cervical pain. i ask this question because it seems to refer to lumbar pain more often. Does this work like a TENS unit? I had a TENS unit 10 years ago for a lumbar issue and it was very effective.
I have never been referred to a pain DR but I don't want anymore meds to make me groggy. Do you think its worth asking about this and who would I ask?