I have a question for anyone who has a spinal cord stimulator or neurostimulator of sorts.
Do you ever feel like you are cheating on everyone else who is suffering chronic pain?
My SCS doesn't take away all of my pain, it doesn't fix the problem causing the pain, but it does such a great job, and it feels so comforting that sometimes I feel like I have an unfair advantage.
I went through hell to get to where I am at today, but for some reason I just feel like I have an unfair advantage now. I have the capability to increase or decrease the amount of stimulation (treatment/drug) I am receiving at any given time. It's with me 24/7/365 and I don't have to worry about not having the prescription refilled every 30 days. I don't have to worry about a PM contract or doctors that feel I'm getting too much or too little. I guess one of the nicest things is that "I" have control over my pain management.
Of course I still have to rely on the doc for the anti-seizure and anti-spasmotic drugs I need, but for my primary pain control I don't have to rely on anyone but myself. Make sure I'm staying charged, make sure I have my programmer with me and off I go.
This little device has changed my life. Am I cheating ... not really ... but dang it is so hard to grasp after all the crap of the preceeding years!
What about anyone else?