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Spinal cord stimulation ???

TenpennyTTenpenny Posts: 3
Dr. Asked me yesterday if I wanted to try spinal cord stim. Can't get rid of this leg pain had discectomy last June. In March leg pain came back with a vengence never really went away. I said yes but I don't know alot about it. At this point I'll try anything. Has anybody had this done? Know anything about it is this a last resort deal. Thanks in advance


  • I'd recommend popping over to the Spinal Cord Stimulator board. There are a couple of sticky's at the top with great info, as well as a ton of threads. That's probably a good place to start gathering your info. You can also get good info by googling the companies that make the stimulators and searching around their websites. If you know what brand stimulator your doctor is thinking of you could also request an info kit and DVD from the company if they offer that (some do, some don't).
  • SCS There a few of us that has it. Myself I love mine. I had my inplanted just two weeks ago. Before it I couldnt even walk a 1/2 block with out hurting.
    Now I am walking 8 to 12 blocks Life is so much better.

  • As Lala says, there is much information on this forum and on the internet in general pertaining to a spinal cord stimulator...sometimes you will see it called a neuro-stimulator. Please do your homework and learn everything you can about it before proceeding.

    It is my experience that doctors tend to suggest this much more quickly than they did even a couple years ago. And, some of them suggest it so casually that the patient does not realize that its implantation is a surgery unto itself.

    Please understand, I am in no way trying to discourage you from proceeding. When SCS is used under the right circumstances in a properly selected patient, it can be a life-changing experience, as Jim indicated in his post. I just want you to learn everything you can before proceeding.

    Do you feel you have exhausted all your options regarding your pain? I don't know anything about your situation, so it is hard to comment. Have you tried any nerve blocks, steroid injections, etc.? Have you gone to another spinal specialist to see if there is something amiss that your current surgeon missed?

    I had a fusion two years ago and had a new pain from the day after surgery, onward. Two surgeons reviewed my MRIs and said nothing more could be done surgically...or, that they couldn't justify any more surgery, and each recommended a spinal cord stimulator. But I didn't want to try one at that point. I knew that there was something wrong, even if it didn't show up on the new MRI...so I just kept plugging away, trying different treatments, including some "alternative" medicine treatments....It took me a year and a half but we were finally able to determine where my pain was coming from.

    My point is that I didn't want to do something to cover up the pain unless I knew that there was not a "fixable" reason for the pain. Spinal cord stimulators used to be considered a "last resort" when it was determined that nothing more could be done to alleviate pain -- no more surgeries, etc. would make any difference. Some surgeons seem to be recommending them much sooner now. So it is for these reasons that I suggest you do your own homework and learn as much as you can. My doctors suggested the trial as casually as they might offer me an aspirin. I didn't even realize that it was a device that would be implanted into the spinal area. Of course I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training....these are just my impressions from personal experience and observations from others who have tried SCS.

    Good luck. Maybe you could tell us a little more about your situation -- what you've tried, etc.

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