Hi, everyone! I was reading each of your posts, but I still don't know what to choose for my condition. I had a back surgery in 2007,and everything was just fine untill 2009 when I started to have shooting pain in my right leg. I had a tumor (good one) inside the spine, which the dr remove partially, that didn't grew again, but scar tissue formed... I've seen several neurosurgeons which have told me that another surgery is not an option, and they re-direct me to pain management. Didn't try anything yet, to solve my problem, beside pain pills (gabapentin and hydrocodone). I must say that each of the doctors saw me was impressed how perfect the surgery was performed, telling me that I am in a very good shape. Beside the fact that I do not walk very good because my right leg (this problem begun before the surgery; I feel it weak, even if the doctors told me is strong, I've partially lost my sensibility in the legs, I can't stand the AC because give me pain, I can't run), I can work, stand, sit, I do anything that a normal person (without pain) can do.
They reccomend the spinal cord stimulation, which I really do not want to have... The thing is that I didn't try anything else, and I would like to know if something else I can do, so this device would be my last option. I've beean also reading that this implant would not solve my problem 100%. Is that right?
Now, the dr gave me the Butrans patches (10 mg), which I didn't bought yet, because I read that are addictive. Are these patches worst that hydrocodone? Right now I'm taking 4 gabapentin (750mg each) and 5-6 hydrocodone (10-500 T) every day (sometimes just 1-2, depends of the day). I repeatly asked the doctors to give me other options, but they said is nothing else to do, and I would really want to know if some of you tried something else (even if didn't work for you) before you had the implant. I'm still hoping that I can solve this problem in a different way...
Thank you for taking your time to read my story, and please, please advice me with anything!
I'm sorry for my bad english (my last english lesson was in 1998