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SCS 9 weeks ago - but now think I have prolapsed another disc

i had a SCS inserted successfully 9 weeks ago and all was good. On Monday I felt a twinge in my lower back which got quickly worse now I can't sit or stand or walk without excruciating pain and my husbands assistance. So flat on back which is very comfortable! My GP says rest analgesia and Valium in case it's a spasm but I think, having had 4 surgeries for prolapses lumbar and cervical, that it is not a spasm But could it be the SCS? Can the wires move and cause this pain? Or is likely to be another prolapse? Has anyone experienced similar? Grateful for any thoughts.


  • I don't seem to have the hang of this forum as no one ever answers my questions... Don't know why, just desperate for some advice.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    It takes time for people to be online and look around at their interests and others' posts.
    Besides this being a weekend, we are here as chronic pain sufferers.
    I know I, myself, can't predict a good day for me to be on line. :)

    Did you talk with the doctor who inserted SCS 9 weeks ago?
    With your previous surgeries, I'm guessing you are seen by a spine specialist? And or pain management doctor?

    My GP is wonderful, and tried to work with me and my pain about two years before she referred me to pain management.
    So with whatever issue comes up, I see that specialist, and then keep all doctors in the loop.

    If you use the search on this site, the icon very right top of page, you may find current or past posts related to your concerns.
    You may also be led to articles and videos. The medical side of this site has a wealth of information like that.

    And there is much information re SCS that you may find helpful in preparing a list of questions for your doctor.

    There are no medical professionals on the forums, so, we members can only speak from our experience.
    Even if another had your exact experience, it may not be what is going on with you and causing your pain.

    I hear your frustration.
    Curious what your GP said when you expressed concerns re how to know when and or if something is wrong....wires moved? ..another prolapse?...need follow up testing to be sure of placement?...

    Your doctor really best person to assess you, guide you, and or reassure you.

    Others may be by with their shared experiences and how their doctors worked with them.
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  • Savage thank you for replying!!
    I am hopefully getting a CT with contrast (but dont know how long the wait is) surviving on a cocktail of drugs making me feel like a walking zombie. Fed up is an understatement. I thought once I had the stimulator life would get better but it looks likes as I have more discs that haven't prolapsed - they probably will now one by one ( sorry bad day in pain really miserable and wondering what the point is)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I'm not fully understand....you "have more discs that haven't prolapsed"..."they probably will now one by one"

    Hopefully your CT will scheduled soon and results to be helpful for your doctor so he gets a plan to better help you.
    Curious, did stimulator reduce your pain at all?
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  • Savage, it did help my leg pain hugely! I was able to potter around the house more even pop into a shop and collect a couple of things without being in agony. I think thats why this is so frustrating, i got a taste of being better. Fingers crossed now the CT!!!
    thanks x
  • jtal19305jjtal19305 Posts: 33
    edited 11/18/2015 - 11:06 AM
    What type of pain did you have in your legs? Was it burning ? Did you have pain in your feet at all?

    Where are your stim leads placed? What spine levels. I imagine you have paddle leads.

    I thought my back surgery would help me. As it turned out it has cause me new pain I never had. It's been a nightmare as I was very healthy and active male prior to my fusion surgery. Now my life has changed completely and I fight pain everyday. The survey messed up my nervous system and its constantly dumping pain signals
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