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Depending on my stimulator even more since I just stopped pain meds

To all my dear spiney friends, I am sorry I have sorta been absent from this topic for awhile but I will try to be better about checking in and out. I still am having success with my stim. It's not 100%. But it does help lots. I need to have mine adjusted - something that should be done about every 3 months in my opinion. Anyway, since I just stopped taking all pain medications due to a health scare regarding my heart, I am especially glad to have this "tool" in my arsenal. I also use Lidoderm patches, fyi. And aspirin! Best to all. Kathy


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 04/18/2015 - 11:01 AM
    Sorry about your heart scare....but so good to hear the stimulator is working so well...that you're even off your pain meds!

    It's so good to share in good news!

    Take care! and continued best wishes!
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  • Hi Kathyy,
    I'm hoping to get some information on SCS and see that it has helped you out which is so encouraging for me to hear. Where is your pain located and where was the unit implanted?
    I've had chronic neck and shoulder pain since a MVA on 2/06 and have been through every treatment I heard of. I've had 2 discectomies and fusions, several epidurals, hundreds of trigger point injections, botox, years of physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and probably some more that I can't remember. Nothing has really helped my pain and I'm reduced to taking pain meds daily. They help but I don't want to have to rely on them to function.
    My dr. thinks that SCS will help but I can't find info on it that says it's recommended for the neck. All I see is for the lower back. I'm scared and don't want to be anyone's guinea pig:(
    I would be grateful for any advice you could give!!
    Thank you!!!
  • If you go to spinal cord implant forum you will see a very long journal I have tried to keep updated on my experience with SCS. Mine is for my lumbar area, though. Not neck. It is a big decision but you will have to go through a pretty extensive "test" before having an implant to see if it will help you.

    Mine has been helpful but not an end to pain. It is, as I have stressed, another "tool" in my arsenal of pain fighting. But it has been a good thing for me. Still, the actual implant sites themselves can cause more discomfort. There just isn't any perfect "10" when it comes to pain relief and spinal issues, I am afraid. Kathy
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