Hey y'all. My doctor has recently suggested that I get a SCS, but I have some reservations and questions about it that I am hoping you can help me with. Here's a little background:
I had a L5S1 PLIF with laminectomy and nerve root decompression done Dec 2010 with no reduction in pain. As a result of the surgery, I have more nerve issues in my leg - doc thinks that its from a nerve being irritated. I am currently controlling that with Neurontin 4x a day. My biggest issue is the pain in my lower back that has not changed. I am taking 4 5/325mg Percocet a day, but I am still very limited on what activities I can do.
So, here are my questions:
1) Is the SCS just for nerve pain? I don't think the pain in my lower back is nerve-related (but what do I know?!) If the SCS is just for nerve pain, should I mess with the Neurontin that is currently working for me?
2) Does the surgery require another laminectomy? If so, at what level?
3) Is it too soon after surgery to be considering this?
4) How do you charge it?
5) For those of you that have an SCS, were you able to return to your job?
As you can tell, I have my share of doubts on if this is the right step for me. Any answers or thoughts you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,