I am new to this site. I was injured 2 years ago and fractured L2-S1. After PT, oral steroids and ESIs I ended up having a fusion and a laminectomy. My main pain prior to the surgery (now 16 mos ago) was severe sciatica. Unfortunately the sciatic pain has returned and I find myself back to walking with a cane, being unable to stand for more than a few minutes at a time, etc. I have a hard time sleeping due to the pain. Further MRI and CT scan only revealed a disk bulge and the doctor does not think it should be fixed surgically. I've been on probably every pain killer out there but none really work well for sciatic pain. Also, I commute by car an hour to and from work, work full time, and have young children so I am reluctant to really take pain killers. I've had 2 more ESIs since the sciatica came back. At my last ESI the anesthesiologist said I should think about a SCS. I'd never heard of SCS before then. He recommended I try one more ESI and if that doesn't work I should consider a trial of the SCS.
I am 44 years old. I used to be extremely physically active and happy. Now I find I am depressed (now on Zoloft) and feel like my life is not what it should or could be. However, I wonder if I am just not fighting hard enough or should be doing something different. I am not opposed to SCS but wonder is it appropriate for someone my age. It sounds somewhat drastic to me. Also, I do not know a single person who has an SCS so I feel lost about it.
Does anyone have any thoughts about this? I would really appreciate any feedback.