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Trial Stim

TarheelTTarheel Posts: 2
edited 06/18/2015 - 2:45 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Good morning all!! Ive been dropping by reading some of the post trying to get a feel of how things go. I had a lower back surgery last Dec which didnt work at all. My pain management dr thinks its in my best interest to try the SCS. I have the trial date srt for the 15th of July. After all the pain I'm in and taking all the medicine that date can't get here fast enough. I understand one can't rush things. I have been reading, watching videos and even talking with people about it. I do understand what works for one person might not work gor another. Can anyone give me more insight on this. Im tired of not having a quality of life I was use to. I also understand that nothing is 100%, but it has to be better than what I have now.

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  • I also had a failed surgery in December(ALIF L4/L5) and have had PT, epidural shots, a whole slew of pain meds, etc.. My trial date is set for July 1st and also cant wait for the datddate to here here
  • Hi darby01 asI read over your comment sounds like we both had the same problem. Ive had pt twice neither worked out. I had 2 epidurals which the dr that did them said he didn't feel they would help any which they didn't. Ive done the percocets 10-325s that didn't even help with any of the pain. My PM dr has put me on Dilaudid which has taken the edge off a little not much. I do know I'm tired of taking all these meds. Which is not good for along period of time. I keep telling myself I can't rush something good that may help with getting my life back. Im notlooking for a miracle just getting me where I'm doing more than staying in the house. You gettired of people telling you what you should be doing when they don't know what it feels like having a back problem. I can't wait for a little of happiness back.
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