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Spinal Cord Stimulator

LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
edited 06/10/2014 - 5:36 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
My Pain Management Dr is recommending I get a Neurostimulator implant. I know everyone responds differently to this treatment but I'm interested in hearing about personal experiences. It's being recommended for my low back and nerve pain. I recently found out that I'm chalked full of scar tissue that's causing problems in addition to my previous diagnosis. I know only I can make this decision but any information would be appreciated.

Thanks,
LC
Progressive DDD
Osteoarthritis
Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
Discectomy L5-S1 2002
Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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Comments

  • Sending you tons of hapless optimism! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 512
    edited 06/09/2014 - 5:13 PM
    I had a permanent implant placed in February of this year. It works well for my leg pain. Does nothing for my low back pain, plus I can feel up into my ribs on my right side. The trial worked a lot better for low back pain.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • I had one but it did not work for me. All it did was tingle on top of my pain. It does not work for everyone. But you will get a chance to decide for yourself during your trial. Best of luck with your trial. I hope it is a huge success.

    Hugssssss
    Patsy W
  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 06/10/2014 - 3:08 AM
    Thanks for the responses. I'm concerned about recovery time if the trial works and I go for the permanent implant. I was supposed to return to work but it looks like a 6-8 week recovery for physically demanding jobs like mine. It also makes me nervous because the spinal cord is involved. I have a lot of thinking to do.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • I moved this thread to the Spinal Cord stimulation forum for you to get more responses. At the top of the forum are several links regarding information about the trial, the benefits and risks, and you can ask and get answers from others with the unit better here.
  • I had an implant less than two weeks ago. I am back at work and it is working great for me. I was told you could possibly resume some activity around 3 weeks if you are younger, but the doctor will most likely want 6 weeks (that is what they tell me). I don't do physically demanding work, so they haven't been too worried about me as long as I don't bend, lift, or twist too much.

    I get reprogrammed tomorrow.
    Murraytscan@yahoo.com
    L4-L5 fused at birth (congenital malformity). L-5-S1 bulge/degeneration, L3-L4 bulge/degeneration. Permanent nerve damage L5-S1 and L3-L4. Fused C5-C7.
  • Thanks Sandi! And murraymr I'm glad to hear it's working well for you. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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