I would like to share my experiences with researching the neurostimulators for chronic low back pain and neuropathy in my feet. Also, I would like to hear about other person's experiences with these systems.
The first week of January 2011, I met with the representative from Medtronics to discuss and learn more about their neuro-stimulator system. After a 3-1/2 hour discussion, I felt that I had all the information that I needed to make a decision about going forward with the trial. Of course, after we parted I found that I had many more questions. This is when I turned to the web to search for my answers.
I spent the next 6 months going from doctor to doctor, going through all the steps necessary to even go through the trial of the neuro-stimulator. That would include the 1) initial visit with the doctor that would do the trial, 2) MRIs of thorasic and lumbar spine, 3) visit w/doctor that would do the surgery for the final implant of the system, 4) meet w/phycologist that would do a phycological evaluation; required by most insurance companies as part of this process, 5) visit again w/initial doctor to discuss findings from 1-4 above; then discuss whether or not to move forward to do the trial of the system.
There is really no reason for it to take 6 months for all this to happen; except for my own hesitancy to start the process. I wanted to ask more questions, do more research and make up my mind as to whether or not I actually wanted to have this system implanted in my body. All the while this was going on, my pain was increasing to the point where I almost couldn't stand it anymore, nor continue working full-time. I finally went on short-term disability from work, to persue the process of getting the system implanted. I figured that I would just start going through the steps and that somewhere along the way I would figure out whether or not I really wanted to have the system implanted. The two companies that I have been researching about their neuro-stimulator systems is Medtronics and Boston Scientific.
There are so many sites where you can not only get information about the neuro-stimulators, but also about chronic pain in general. The doctor's office recently gave me the info for a couple of sites that I haven't had a lot of time to spend looking at; however, after a brief visit, I believe they have a lot of information to offer.http://www.controlyourpain.com/http://www.raceagainstpain.com/
The following are the urls for Boston Scientific and Medtronic:http://www.bostonscientific.com/http://www.medtronic.com/
I would like to stop here for now and pick up with another posting about my recent experiences with the trial of the Medtronics neuro-stimulator system.
If you have your own experiences and/or information to offer, please feel free to add your own post. I know that there are many people out there that can benefit from hearing about other people's experiences and information that they can share.