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Spinal Cord Stimulation Implant

I have suffered from a degenerative disc disease in the lower lumbar from L1 to S1 for many years, also facet joint degeneration as well. I couldn't do anything, no walking, standing, housework, gardening, even sitting in the car was painful, had to use a walking stick to get around. I've had de-nervations done, steroidal injections, Fentanyl pain patches,  but they don't last. My pain specialist suggested a St Jude's Spinal Cord Stimulation Implant, which I had done in April 2017.  I am now 8 months down the track and I can do all of the above once again, within reason and I have my life back now. Hope this information helps others.



  • thank you so much for posting that, PamCook~! ... i am thinking about that for my next step.  nothing else has helped my pain (and i do not want fusion surgery.  i already had a major bladder cancer surgery in 2011, and i just can't mentally face having another major surgery.) 

    the only two minimal invasive ideas for me  to consider are the spinal stimulator and/or a pain pump. i've been in such terrible back/hip/leg pain for about 8 yrs now... 

    i'm 64 yrs old now.  


  • Great to hear from you "mrm".  My pain specialist has said that this does not work for everyone, depends on their spinal problems of course. But the good thing with this is that they do a seven day trail, they implant a temporary simulator into your  rump with the leads up either side of your spine, the generator sends electrical impulses to each nerve end, which interrupts the pain signals to the brain. So in effect, you are having pain, but it doesn't register in the brain. If you get at least 50% relief from the pain then they will go ahead and place the permanent IPG (Implantable Portable Generator). I have so much relief from my chronic pain, I am a new woman and can do most things in moderation now and look forward to the rest of my life without pain. It's life changing for me. The battery in my IPG will last for approx 7 to 10 years before they have to replace it and I re-charge my IPG every Friday. No more spending my days in bed or not being able to do anything!

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,354

    hi pamcook
    welcome to spine-health

    thank you for posting a very positive discussion about your scs. and you are correct, it does not work for everyone, including me. i had a scs but i have had so much permanent nerve damage that they could not get it to work. plus, my pain was not all nerves, it was my spine.
    i had a pain pump implanted last jan. and it has made a difference in my pain. we are still working on getting the right dose but at least i've got part of my life back.
    i really glad you have gotten you life back and are out of pain, that's the most important part.

    please click on the welcome link below and tutorial to help you get started on the forum.
    welcome to spine health

    take care and please keep us posted.
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,354

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    I am 69 yrs. young so join the "young club" lol. As I described above I had to go with a pain pump as a last resort (please read my medical history) as the SCS did not help my pain. The pain pump is interthecal, which means the medicine goes into the interthecal canal of the spine and goes no where else. 

    You have 2 very good options to go with, just do your research. I have kept a journal on the forum called "Day 1 of the pain pump journey" if you would like to read it. It's from before surgery until today.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    Take care and hope to hear from you soon.

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