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TraceeTTracee Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Chronic Pain
thinking of neurostimulation....any suggestions on why/why not try this procedure.....i had artificial disc replacement in september 2008 at l-5/s-1 ....have pain radiating into both legs and on 4 7.5 narcos daily.....i heard it helps with the meds but anyone have any experience(good or bad) since this surgery?? how long recovery??


  • I am happy with my neurostimulator but it does not tale away all the pain, and I had very realistic expectations. I had mine in my hip, which is a great location, it is not noticeable. There are risks of the leads migrating, and infection but compared to a lifetime on pain meds and a possible need for organ transplants, it seems to be a good option. Surgery was a breeze, the trial period with the wiring hanging out was a drag. If want to know more pm me, I am happy to help.

    Good luck,

  • a neurostimulator implanted, but I do use a Empi Electronic Muscle Stimulator when I have horrible bouts of pain. It works well for me. Perhaps you might want to try an external device before you move on to the Spinal Cord Stimulator. I was referred to a pain management specialist who's only solution for me was an SCS. I refused to do it and had a fusion instead. I've never regretted my decision.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I do not have a SCS because it did not work for me. It does not work for everyone. Those that it does work for love theirs. Instead I have a pain pump implant which is an option for wonderful pain relief.

    It's important that you know you can't have an MRI once you have a SCS(spinal cord stimulator) implant. Having an MRI would do ugly things to the SCS lead wires that go into your spine.

    You will still have to take pain meds with an SCS implant. Some people can reduce their pain meds some but some do not reduce their pain meds....the SCS takes care of their BT(break through pain.

    The SCS is a great choice if you are sure you will never have to have an MRI again.

    As I said I have a pain pump implant and the only time I have to take any oral pain meds is when I am having a flare up. BTW...I have neuropathy in both my feet and legs due to a spinal fusion at L4&L5

    Best of luck to you.

    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • Is there anyone out there that has had severe cervical neck issues and has had a neurostimulator implanted?
  • Just an update... I herniated another disc, and had to have a CT Scan with contrast. It was NOT pleasant to say the least. I still don't regret having the neurostimulator as I am pain med free, but not pain free.

    Unfortunately I have serious SI joint issues from my double spinal fusion and still have neuropathy and allodina.

    I am, however, happy just to have the neurostimulator reduce the pain, but the bottom line is that it rarely eliminates the pain. My advice is to have reasonable expectations of what this piece of equipment is likely to do, to avoid disappointment. It works for some people and not for others, again one of the great mysteries of back pain!

    For me, being on pain meds for years was not an option. I also find that the person who programs the stimulator can make a big difference. My settings were thrown off in my emergency surgery for the herniated disc and I had to get my unit re-programmed out of state. It does not work as well, so I am going to have to go back and get it reprogrammed with the original settings.

    Best to you,

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