I am scheduled for a SCS trial on 1/22/15, I had a L4-5 microdiscectomyand foraminotomy on 9/17/14 which "failed". I have done pt, but had to stop due to lack of progress and pain. I have also had 2 injections one on 12/10/14 and the second on 12/26/14 both of which have caused an increase in my pain both down my leg and my back. Both of which I did a lot of prior to surgery without success. I have also had a repeat MRI which showed the surgical changes as well as new disc bulging at the level of my surgery and L3-4, L5-S1, and T10-11-12. My surgeon says the new bulges and damage are not pressing on my nerves 'enough' to warrent repeating the surgery since I didn't have decent relief the first time and that I should consider having a spinal cord stimulator implanted to help block the pain signals. (I feel as though I should say that I saw three different surgeons before I found my surgeon because he was the only one that would go in and do anything other than a fusion), and when I asked him what would happen if this did nothing both him and my PM dr said we will cross that bridge when it comes. I am sort of type A and need to know my next steps, so I am asking, does anyone know what my options will be if this fails? Could I be looking at a fusion, and if so should I push for this now? I am currently taking Tizanidine twice a day, MS cotin 15mg twice a day, and Dilaudid 2mg every 6-8hrs with some relief but not signoficant. My initial injury was on 10/11/13.
Thanks, please share any experiences related to SCS.