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sudden return of lower back pain after spinal cord stimulator fitted

robsonrrobson Posts: 4
edited 12/14/2014 - 6:41 PM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi all. I hope somebody can offer me some help and advice, im at the end of my rope with the pain coming back and feeling realy depresed (not suicidal). That said please dont hesitate to ask me any questions if my experience can help you out too. For past 2 years i have suffered lower back pain, radiating into hips and testicles, this eventually caused severe sciatic pain in my left leg. MRI showed herniated disc L5S1 and just touching off sciatic nerve. I went through a number of medication options until they gave me steroid injections. Unfortunatley i got no relief and suffered a foot drop which I believe was caused by the injections (not that my consultant would admit too) this cleared up over 6 minths of physio, eventually i was told i was not a candidated for an operation on the disc and was tranaferred to pain management team. At this stage i was upto 600mg lyrica a day, cymbalta and 50mg oxynorm. It was agreed to fit a nevro spinal cord stimulator and this happened 7 months ago. Great success pain score in leg has been zero ever since with an average of 3 -4 in the back. Still not allowed any physical rehab until they're happy leads are scarred in fully,howevever heres the problem. I recently managed to get down and detox off all the meds, not easy but worth it. I did this over 4 weeks instead if 4-6 months as i couldnt tolerate the side effects any more. Last week i got an increase in back pain and testicle pain appeared again, then I sneezed hard and now can barely stand again with lower back pain. comfortable lying on side and pain is ellivated significantly but standing up is agony 9/10 it feels.like.my back has collasped on itself and the pressure is so intense. My gp reckons the sneeze caused the disc to bulge again, gave me valium and said it'll be grand but im not so sure. I have appointment with pain specialist next week and fear he will also give me the brush off. Could this be a new disc herniation? If the old disc herniation has moved or worsened is it possible the stimulation isnt picking the new pain? Any advice or information would go.a long way to easing my mind, even if its not good news. I need to nonwhat to push for in my next consult. Thanks for reading my waffle!!☺


  • A sudden increase in acute pain is not going to be covered by the stimulator , nor should it be......Did you ever consult with a second or third surgeon prior to having the device implanted?
    If I were you, I would consult with a surgeon. and see what he thinks. It is possible that you have herniated a disc, but it is also possible that it could be a recurrence of the previous issues. The only way to know for sure, is to see a surgeon and get the proper testing and imaging done.
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