Greetings to all~
I suffered for 5 years and through 6 back surgeries BEFORE finding my hero doctor who gave me my life back. My spine had fallen due to L-5 having collapsed. It was now smashing my L5 S-1 nerve root. ( motor- sensory nerve) L-4 was herniated also. I also had a spinal cord stimulator implant put in my a money hungry pain management doctor. The spinal cord implant was taken out when I had my "flexible" fusion done. Now I have permanent nerve damage thanks to all the quack doctors who were more interested in my medical insurance than me. I can't have another S.C. implant due to scar tissue so I am going this monday to see if I am qualified for a pain pump. I currently take 30-50 milligrams of methadone, percoset for break through pain and neurotin for pain also. The oral meds are not working anymore. I have been reading all the posts on pain pumps, some scary, some not.. My question: Is it worth it? The spinal cord stim. was not working because they put in it without doing surgery to fix my fallen spine. (idiots) I'm not looking forward to another implant but if it allows me to lay in a bed once again, put her in! Any advice? Love to hear from everyone. Can you get MRI's once it is in? What are the draw backs? Do they put methadone in the pumps?