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Neurostimulator vs Surgery

Hi everyone.
I have a ruptured L4-L5 that is causing me terrible pain. I've talked to my neurologist and he has suggested a neurostimulator. My concern is if I get the neurostimulator and the disc is still pressing on the nerve, won't this damage the nerve even more? I had a ruptured disc operated on 5 years ago which helped a lot, but I now have painful neuropathy from waiting too long to get the surgery.
It seems to me that I risk major nerve damage if it isn't fixed and I get the neurostimulator to mask the pain.
Is my logic incorrect?



  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 512
    edited 08/06/2014 - 8:26 AM
    A SCS won't help you if you have nerve compression. The nerve should be decompressed first. Spinal cord stimulators are used to help with the sciatica type nerve pain or neuropathy. For example, I have sciatica in both of my leg but no nerve compression. The neurosurgeon told me if I herniate another disc I would know it because the stimulator wouldn't cover it. I would seek the opinion of a neurosurgeon. Thats just my opinion, hopefully someone more experienced with stimulators will answer.
    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.
  • RTGirl2011 is correct. Get the nerve decompressed then see where you stand.

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