Has anyone on this site had success with a spinal cord stimulator for CERVICAL pain? It seems that all postings involve those people with lumbar/leg pain. I've had 4 debilitating neck surgeries and a cervical spine infection. I've ben told by my neurosurgeon that at this point a SCS would be my only option. I've found no information which indicates usage much less success for cervical related pain. Even the handout from Boston Scientific states nothing about usage for patients with severe neck, shoulder and arm related pain related to cervical disorders, surgeries or injury.
I've personally spoke to five (5) people who have one. All have lumbar and or serious leg conditions. Only one of them told me that it provides some relief. The other 4 told me NOT to get one. Some of the reasons include: no noticeable difference in pain level, more widespread pain after installation than before, and infection... just to name of few.
My physiatrist stated that the use of a SCS is quite common in his patients with lumbar/leg pain. He has not seen its usage in cervical patients nor is he aware of the success of SCS in cervical patients.
The oxycodone, dilaudid and mscontin have lost there effect. I'm now considering nerve blocks or nerve burnings. Can anyone comment? Thanks for reading.