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I'm considering both and have been researching. Here's what I'm getting from reading user feedback.
Stim. Mixed results. A few happy, but some very unhappy. Regrets.
Pump. Very happy. Fewer regrets.
Mood or tone of post:
Stim. Often frantic, desperate, anxious or resigned
Pump. Optimistic, grateful, calm
What happens when pain isn't controlled:
stim - many reprogramming efforts, usually not helpful. replacement or removal
pump - dosage increased until effective
stim - varies greatly, averages around 50%
pump - can be complete, at least satisfactory
Pocket and surgical issues:
stim - prolonged healing or pocket pain that shows up after healing. electrode issues. high failure rate
pump- gets bumped sometimes but generally ok. did hurt but better. catheter issues happen and can be more serious because it goes into the spinal cord.
This can happen with either, but more reports here about the stim partly because they are more popular. Pump is larger, thicker.
Both need to be replaced in 5+ years. The pump must be refilled every 90 days but said to be not a problem. Stim needs to be charged which is said to be inconvenient.
If you have one, how satisfied and effective you feel it has been? What do you think of the feedback you've gotten from others in real life or here about these devices?