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SC stimulation & multiple sources of pain

I'm 27, suffering from chronic pain in my left arm and in my left knee from an unrelated injury. I've been recommended SCS for my arm pain though I haven't had any consultation yet, and I feel like that's where I'm heading with my knee pain because absolutely nothing else is helping. I want to know if anyone has heard of treating two different sources of pain like these with spinal cord stimulation. If it does come to that, is it possible? Will one device work on both levels? Do you get two spinal cord stimulators? Or, would I have to decide between addressing one or the other? I really hope that's not the case. I don't like the idea of getting relief from one but not the other and still being in miserable pain, which is why I haven't moved forward with the trial for my arm yet.



  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745
    edited 07/16/2017 - 4:37 AM

    My arm pain is related to pinched nerves and then 2 cervical spine surgeries. I have one scs in my left hip with 2 leads going up into my thoracic. I use my scs to help pain from the top of my spine all the way to my knees. 

  • I have neuropathy in my feet.and lower back pain from failed back surgery.  My doctor placed one lead high and one low so I could address both feet, back and eventually neck pain. I hope I never have to use the setting for my neck. It is sometimes painful but not much or often.  A doctor I trust said I would eventually have to have neck surgery so I'm trying to be prepared.


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  • That's good to know. Thank you!

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