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Back Stimulator Implant

Michelle1MMichelle1 Posts: 1
edited 09/01/2015 - 8:33 AM in Lower Back Pain
Im thinking of having a back Stimulator Implant put in. I have done some research, but would like to know if anyone has had tis procedure done and what the outcome was?


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  • MaryAnne59MMaryAnne59 Posts: 57
    edited 09/03/2015 - 8:31 PM
    Hi Michelle,
    Funny, My pain management doctor just recommended a trial use for me today. I came onto the forum looking for people who have had success with the stimulators also. Don't think I could take feeling like I was wearing a TENS constantly. My skin is numb but sensitive and I am sore after 1/2 hour. My doctor said there are new stimulators coming out where patients feel nothing, just the relief of pain.
    I have L1,2,3,4,5,S1,S2 Radiculopathy on my last EMG, plus multi level stenosis on MRI. I have had 2 prior surgeries, the last one was a 360 anterior/posterior fusion with hardware. Unfortunately, I am in more pain today than before the surgery. I had been getting temporary relief from caudal epidurals but the pain has increased and the injections no longer help. Have had facet, SI injections that did not help. I am not a candidate for nerve ablation because of my extensive nerve involvement. The pain doc said she would have to do every nerve in my back.
    The first step is getting a new MRI and deciding whether you are a candidate for surgery or not. I was given a prescription for the MRI today. The doctor gave me a booklet and a DVD about spinal cord stimulators and people with back/leg pain.
    I am 63 and as the doctor said, they have tried every method possible to relieve the pain. After I have the new MRI, the pain management doctor and I will discuss the results and decide about the trial with the stimulator.

    Can you tell me a little about your background? Have you talked to your pain management physician about it? Wishing you luck! I have been getting worse each day. Am starting physical therapy asap.

    Does anyone have a Spinal Cord Stimulator? Are you happy with the results? Have you been able to have a more normal life? I also have cervical radiculopathy from stenosis. I had a fusion at C5/6, a cord injury that auto fused at C4/5 and the stenosis is at C3/C7 either end of the fusion. I recently had 2 epidurals at C7/T1 and it has helped a little. But, I have pain in my scapula, upper back, from it. I am not expecting a miracle, just a little quality of life.
    Take care and Thanks,
    Take care and God Bless,
    Mary Anne
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
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  • My husband has had 2 spinal cord stims for 3 years. He had to have 2 implanted because he has serious leg AND back pain following failed fusion of L3-S1. One stim was insufficient. He got really good relief during the trial. But sadly, the permanent implants did not give him the same relief. They seem to be more successful with leg pain than back pain.

    Charging the units is tedious. One of them is a bit tilted so it's hard to get a good connection. It can take 3-4 hrs to charge and it gets pretty hot on his skin.

    His new neuro is considering removing them and implanting a paddle pain stim because the coverage is better. Pain docs don't/can't do these implants so we never knew of them until yesterday. They must be done by a neurosurgeon because of their complexity. So now we're researching these because his current stims just aren't cutting it.

    You may want to research both before deciding.
    Good luck :-)
  • jsandersjjsanders Posts: 1
    edited 09/08/2015 - 2:21 AM
    I've had my SCS for over 2 years now. My pain management doctor performed the surgery and had first mentioned it as an option about 5 years ago. it helps immensely. Although I do not notice the effect first hand. When the unit is off for a while, like when I forget to charge it, i get miserable for a few days until i realize that I need to recharge.
    My Doctor explained it as the only procedure you can try before you buy. The trial went the same way with trying to gauge its success. When you are always in pain, it is hard to measure or quantify relief. But look at it from the other way, start with your relief, and see how much pain comes back and there you go. It was an easy choice for me.
    I have L5 S1 fusion and a L4 L5 herniation. I still take and need pain meds daily, but it helps and keeps me being as active as possible.

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  • I was just wondering if anyone sought second opinions before resorting to the stimulator and what kind of physician did you go to? Thanks.
    Take care and God Bless,
    Mary Anne
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