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Spinal Cord Stimulation

CliffhangerCCliffhanger Posts: 2
edited 05/13/2015 - 12:40 PM in Lower Back Pain
I'm a new member and have just been told I'm being recommended for spinal cord stimulation. I had one open back surgery 4 years ago. Tat was a success. This year I started having back pain at L 4-L5. Had an epidural sot before surgery. Did nothing.

On 04/06/15 had minimally invasive back surgery on L5. I was told I was 10% that surgery was not successful. Another epidural was given to calm radiaditing leg pain. Unsuccessful. Can hardly walk with hydrocodooe given for pain.

Now there is mention of spinal cord stimulator. I'm scared. I don't what this is and we're still messing with my back.

Any support or information will greatly appreciated.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/13/2015 - 12:41 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Does anyone have 1st hand of this being implanted? Any feedback appreciated.
  • My pain mgmt and surgeon both agree that I'm a great candidate for the implant and will be setting up an appt this week to start the trial. Any input from users would be great
  • swestsswest Posts: 1
    edited 05/22/2015 - 3:40 AM
    I work for one of the companies and have been exposed to SCS for 7 years as a result. I can tell you it is a great option and you have nothing to lose, if it doesn't work you are no worse off after. Do your research and understand all of the companies stimulators are NOT THE SAME. Get a doctor that has a lot of experience doing them and understand some doctors are paid consultants and will sway you to go with a company that may not be the best. Hands down Boston Scientific is the best. The battery won't be damaged if you forget to charge...the others will. The programming is far more advanced. . Don't be scared, so many patients feel the same way and put off the trial. They then regret it later once they see how much relief they could have had all along ( had they tried it earlier) Good luck to you!

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    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 05/22/15
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