- Include your current condition as identified by your doctor:
Spinal cord stimulator dying battery
Failed spinal surgery syndrome
- List any medication you are currently on
Minimal, all things considered. I'm maxed out on Welbutrin at 450mg/day. I also take 40mg Omeprasole. Since my Stim surgery, I have only needed my 10mg Valium & 5mg Percocets sporadically.
- Identify the various diagnostic tests you have had and the results.
Good lord, where do I start? Starting in mid-2005 & in no particular order: X-rays, at least 3 MRIs, Discogram (in spite of my iodine allergy), CAT scan, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
- List any prior surgeries
5 rounds of epidural injections, L4-S1 titanium fusion (2007), & 16 node Spinal Cord Stimulator implant (2009)
- Identify any upcoming surgery
Installing a new Stim computer with 9-year rechargeable battery tomorrow (10-26-11)
- Describe your current medical problems
Honestly, since the Stim implant, I've gotten a whole new lease on life. No, I'm not some kind of "paid endorsement" person or anything. I wouldn't be able to walk without the thing, but life's great now.
God, I wish I'd found this forum 5 or 6 years ago! I had my fusion surgery when I was 26, Stim implant at 28, & I'm having my first Stim computer swap now at 31. I went through some pretty rough patches on this road. I'm nervous about the new Stim computer making things different, but everything's pretty much great otherwise.
My Stim has come with some--shall we say--unexpected side effects, & I'm interested to hear what others' reactions to theirs have been. As far as I know, there's only 1 documented case like mine, so I'd love to see if I'm less of an anomaly than my docs think.
Thanks in advance to anyone who replies! I'm very excited to have found you guys.