Hi. I have had 2 PLIF fusions with hardware on 4/9/09 and 9/6/12... I am fused from L3-S1 and of course am still experiencing EXTREME pain! The doctor has upped my pain meds now to 2-25mcg/hr fentanyl patches (changing one every 3 days), percocet 10/325's, 2-500 naproxen, among SEVERAL OTC for a variety of side effects from the pain meds. I have been on the percocet for almost a year so far and it isn't appearing like that is going to change. I have been diagnosed with 2 more bulging discs, reverse lordosis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory joint disease, facet anthropy (spe?) Degenerative disc disease, bone spurs in my hips, spinal stenosis, nerve root cysts at T1-T3, and who only knows what else. It seems like everytime I go have tests done, the list just gets longer. The last neurosurgeon said he COULD go in and widen my spinal column right above the previous surgeries to help with the stenosis, but he of course can't guarantee that it will help with the pain so he doesn't recommend trying this. He stated that the more surgeries you have on your spine the lower your success rate becomes. So he referred me to another doctor and suggested I have a spinal cord stimulator be implanted. I have done some research on this and read some of other people's posts about it. I am wanting to know how many people have experienced this themselves and what the actual procedures were like. From what I have read it seems like the first one to put it in temporarily is very painful ... how does this compare to a discogram? (To me that was probably the most painful thing ever, except coming out of my last surgery!) For those it didnt help, what happens next? What might I be looking at if it didn't help? My dream at this point in my life would be to be able to get off my pain meds for good! But realistically I know that probably isn't going to happen. I am 35 and have been told by 2 different doctors I am disabled! So of course I have filed and am waiting to hear back, my husband and I hired a lawyer right away so I can have as much help as possible. I am hopeful the stimulator will help, but please give me your comments whether good or bad. Sorry the post is so long, but thank you for taking the time to read it.
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times