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scottosscotto Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 43 year old male who fell on my head in 2000. I was hanging upside down at the park with my kids with my feet in the rings, of course feet gave out and I fell 6 inches landing square on the crown of my head. I damaged the C3-C4 and C5 disc. I am yet to have that surgery.
I did have an L5-S1 fusion in 2007 that has failed. I am now considering the SCS system at cervical and lumbar.
I am on 160 mg Oxycontin per day plus 30mg for breakthrough pain.
I waited 7 years before having surgery and continued running my business (home builder)even though getting out of bed was a task. I lived with the pain till I couldn't take it. As bad as the failed surgery is, I think it's still better than what it was before. I am holding out having the cervical fusion as long as I can.
I am here looking for answers to my questions about the scs which I posted on the forums. If you are familiar with it, please find my post and answer. ANY feedback is appreciated since I am almost at the end of my rope. I want to take fewer drugs and get back to surfing and playing hockey( my wife says its a pipe dream) but ya never know. Thanks all and have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.


  • Hello Scotto and Welcome to SH!!! I am sorry that you have been dealing with this for so long!! I am guessing that you have pretty much tried everything, as most of us have, to get any relief.

    There are alot of wonderful people on this site that have so much knowledge and experience with the SCS, I am sure you will get some great posts back to you!!!

    I just wanted to welcome you and to say HI! :):)
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you are here. and you never know what our dreams may hold out for us!! good luck to you! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find so much information on this site in the form of articles and videos, as well as feedback and support from the great members of this forum.

    Having had both a cervical and a lumbar fusion, the cervical is not quite as bad as the lumbar with regards to recovery and hospital stay (assuming there aren't complications). Although surgery is always a last resort after trying all conservative treatments, an SCS is the absolute last resort and is usually considered only when you've reached maximum medical improvement, having had exhausted all conservative treatment and then surgery.

    I haven't read your post in the SCS section and I know you'll get a lot of information from our resident experts on the SCS, but I just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth.

    Take care Scotto, and again, welcome to Spine-Health. I hope you find all the support and information you need here and it's nice to have you as a member.

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