My pain management doc gave me a sales pitch about having a spinal cord stimulator implant, handed me the St. Jude DVD & brochures to go through and sold me 100% on it.
I have four bulging lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, and an L3-L4 spondylolisthesis, and for the last 1 1/2 yrs. have been getting treated for back pain with 4 epidurals, physical therapy, a TENS unit, and meds - that included neurontin, which drove me nuts. I asked my pain management doc for an antidepressant that would also treat my pain - like cymbalta - he didn't want to do that because then he wouldn't know if the epidurals were "working" - that he planned to do (another round of 3), but my insurance denied everything submitted after he did one (my 4th) epidural.
I have gotten worse in the past few weeks with constant sharp, burning lumbar pain and within 30 minutes of driving a car, my right leg starts having calf & thigh pain, with numbness and throbbing in my right foot. My right foot also gets "heavy" after very short amounts of walking - and wipes me out; but I can walk on my tippy toes and heels. I don't want this to keep progressing.
The staff and PM doc seemed so disorganized I told my orthopaedic spinal surgeon I wanted to go to someone else, and I did. I have never had a back surgery. I told the "new" pain management doctor about the pain in my right foot and leg after he'd reviewed my MRI's. I said my original PM doc offered me an SCS. The second opinion doctor said, "no way are you a candidate for that; you've never had a failed back surgery." He followed that news with the fact my medical insurance company was tough on approving anything, and would never approve an SCS for me. Second opinion topped it all off by handing me back my co-pay check and said, "I'm sorry, but there really is nothing I can do for you; you have multilevel problems."
The second opinion doc recommended I see a neurologist and get a second opinion; adding that I probably needed surgery. I told him my orthopaedic spinal surgeon didn't want to do surgery unless I had "drop foot". Second opinion said "that's extreme."
Why would a Pain Management doc offer me something like an SCS that is really NOT an option??? I figured if my surgeon didn't want to do surgery, the SCS would be a "good thing".