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Spinal cord stimulation for coccyx pain

I was hoping someone may be able to help and give me some advice. I had a horse riding accident 20 years ago and damaged my L5 and coccyx. As a result I now have bad coccyx pain and I find it painful to sit for more than a few minutes. I’m not on any pain medication,I just live with the pain every day. I am considering doing a scs trial and I have just read about the Senza and it sounds like the best on the market. Has anyone with coccyx pain tried scs and if so how did you find it. Also after having the permanent implant how long did it take until you could go back to work? the recovery period looks pretty scary.
Thanks in advance


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • If your able to function without pain meds right now, I don't know if this is for you. Its a tough surgery that could be avoided by taking some meds. None of us want to take meds, it is done so out of necessity. Also, this procedure including device costs the insurance company around 75 grand.

  • I'm not on any medication, I've tried injections and manipulation which only made the pain worse. I've also tried medications to help the nerve pain but they made me extremely sick. I've been able to live with the pain for such a long time It's really getting me down and I also worry about the future when I am elderly. I currently sit on a cushion that I made myself which helps for about half an hour then the pain gets pretty intense. I would love to be able to sit on a plane for longer than three hours to go on a holiday but that would be out of the question for me. I saw some youtube clips on people documenting their experiences with SCS and the pain they were in look unimaginable. Have you had a SCS implant?
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