Hey Everyone. I'm new to this site and have been reading and re-reading everything I possibly can on spine stimulators. Had the trial and it helped tremendously with my leg pain. The only problem is, that my pain alternates between low back pain, buttock and hip pain and/or just plain leg pain. My history is that I've suffered with back pain for about 7 years now, had a small disectomy and fusion in 2010 which gave me 2 years of complete relief from back pain and left leg sciatica, and now as of 9 months ago, I'm back to severe back and both leg pain. I have spinal and foraminal stenosis and have spent 25 years in the medical field (orthopedic) just to see "failed back surgery syndrome" on a great number of people who have chosen to have the "bigger back surgery" with hardware implantation (screws, rods, and cages, including my late husband who had one 16 hour surgery and 3 revisions, only to still have severe back pain and end up getting addicted to pain pills and alcohol in an effort to reduce his pain). I've also gone through all of the regular pain management channels including pt, accupunture, various epidurals, ablations, burning of the nerves, etc., and there's nothing more they can do for me. I'm also on 90 mg of morphine sulfate a day, which basically helps my back pain a bit and does absolutely nothing for my leg pain. My life has been reduced to sitting all day long with my two dogs and either reading or watching tv and slowly walking them about a block twice a day in pain.
When I went to my spine surgeon throwing up my hands in despair and asking him for the surgery with the hardware implant out of desperation, he wanted me to lose 20 pounds (which I had gained when going through chemo when I got breast cancer in 2009) and he told me the loss of weight would give me a better result. He was even hesitant to operate because he said in his opinion,, with my 20 pound weight gain, that made me obese!! I told him it was a catch 22 because with my pain, I was unable to do any exercises and therefore couldn't lose the weight. Then he changed his mind and said he thought he could get me a good result. So I went and planned to have the surgery and when I told my pain management doctor, that's when he recommended I try the spine stimulator.
Sorry about this being so long, but I guess my question is, the doctor who is putting in the spine stimulator on Jan 22 said he will try and put the leads in higher so as to try to give me more relief of pain in the low back/buttock area. I;ve read on here that a lot of people say the spine stimulator does wonders for their leg pain but nothing for their back pain. I don't know if I should have the spine stimulator implanted now because on days when it's just my back or hips and buttocks that hurt, the pain is just as bad as the days when it's just the leg pain. I'm still going to have to be on pain medication for my back pain and I'm just not sure that this whole ordeal of having the spine stimulator implanted is even worth it.
I would appreciate any feedback anyone could give me. Thanks so much to all my co-sufferers!