I have had a bad few years. 3 Spinal surgeries and 1 shoulder surgery. I have 3 multi level fusions and had old hardware taken out and new hardware put in a couple of years ago. My Doc said that my stenosis is severe in several areas and will only get worse with time. Essentially I have the spine of a 90 year old woman. Severe Spinal Stenosis in L3-S1 as well as Spinal fusions in those same areas. My Thoracic area in now involved due to the strain on the area above the hardware. It too needs surgery. The problem is I don't ever want to go back. None of the surgeries have eliminated my pain and it has completely changed my life. I rarely go out of my house, I don't want to talk to anybody and have lost interest in life. The pain levels are so high that it has begun to effect my blood pressure in a BIG way.
So, back to Pain Management. After reading the Surgical Reports she gave me a couple of options.
1. A spinal cord simulator implant OR
2. A spinal cord pain pump. Both on a trial basis. Does anyone out there have any experience with these and if so what are your thoughts?