:S HI,my name is Jake and like alot of you I have alot going on with my back ,DDD,Arthritis,blown disks pressing on cord on lumbar and mid back,neck problems Ect.I am 36 and hurt my back ten years ago and had cronic pain ever since.Tried most stuff, cryo,PT,ESI,TENS,inversion,ECT,been on pain meds for years,morphine for about two years I was on 120mg day .MY ortho said I am not a good canadate for surgery because of were the problem is and my weight. but if I lost 50lbs he would do a two level lumbar fuison. I weight 290.My pm doct wanted to do the scs I agreed. I was at the surgey center in pre-op waiting for the doc and when arived he said he did not have time to do the trial ,somthing about he would have to wait for the operating room to be open. But he told me he would do it in his office across the street,this man would not even anwser a simple question about the trial.I feel this should not be done in the office! So they unhooked the IV and I went and found a new PM Doc and he agreed to do the scs if I gave up the morphine :? . I felt that this was a better DR, so I was willing to give it up for a chance to have a life with less pain.SO he cut me off the pain meds for 2 1/2 months and I did the scs trial and near the end was able to tweak the unit to get reduced pain!I feel I should not had to go without any meds the first two nights after surgery.I will have the perm scs done on 2/4 ,I dont know about not having any pain meds for the recovery,I have suffered enough.What do you think ? For me the pain meds are like chruches when you have a broken leg ,you can live without them but it makes life very hard.If my Dr could walk in my shoes for a day I think he would give me back my cruches!I am doing my best to trust him as I think he is tring to get me better and seems to care and is not just in it for the money.