I'm so upset. For 5 years I've been suffering from chronic LBP with radicular symptoms down to my left foot caused by herniated discs (L4/L5 and L5/S1), nerve damage (S1 and L5), and facet L2-S1. I'm only 28 years old, and do not want to stay on the narcotics that have been the only thing that helps with the pain so far. After steroid injections lasting only two weeks and successful radio frequency burns that have alleviated the facet pain, I've been hoping that SCS can get me where I need to be to be med free.
Well, an hour and a half in the doctor and the boston scientific rep gave up. They could not get the leads to stimulate properly without affecting my chest or abdomen. Only once were they able to hit my lower back, and that caused severe tensing in the abdomen as the pulses went all the way around. They went up and down my spine, T-12 to T-5 if I remember correctly and did not find a solution. I do not know why they did not try anything in the lumbar region.
I'm horribly bummed. The doctor said that my anatomy was just not compatible, and that SCS would not work on me. Is this possible? I've searched and searched and cannot find anywhere anything about someone not even being able to get proper stimulation while on the table.