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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
WOW!!! I have been through hell & back again & again!!!! Had ANS stimulator installed 10-9-08 this was my 3rd surgery this year. To make a long story short it helped tremendously for 2 weeks untill I shorted out. yep you hear me right...i had a wire go bad and it shorted out and it was basically shocking the heck out of me.

I am home now recovering from the 4th surgery this year. They had to go in and replace a wire to my stimulator and I have been home right at a week. Still sore as heck. I am just in that depressed mode. No matter what I do I always seem to have something go wrong. I am so sick of the pain and i just pray this ANS works. The shortout was not so fun. lol It has been forever since i have been able to post and just wanted you guys to know I am still alive...barely. lol I hope all u spineys are dong well. May God Bless YOU ALL!!!



  • I can't imagine how that pain was for you. I hope you're feeling better and on the road to recovery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • its been a long road...just ready to get my life back!!!! hope you are doing ok.
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  • you. I am so sorry that you have had to deal with all of these issues on top of your pain. try and stay positive. Maybe they put the super duper wires in this time and you are on your way to a pain free life. Good luck to you and please post when you can.
  • Thanks for posting. Is the stimulator turned on again? Are you feeling any relief yet?

    I'm so sorry to hear about the shorting out of the wire. Can't imagine. I just had my psych eval for the SCS, and if I am approved, I will also be getting the ANS (last I was told). I am hoping I am approved and can move forward. Would really like my 24/7 burning S1 nerve pain to be lessened. Outside of that, I really have no problems!

    I had 3 back surgeries in 2006 and am now stable as far as that goes. But, unfortunately have continuing chronic and acute S1 nerve damage.

    You and the others posting about your experiences is so helpful for those of us not yet that far in the journey. Thanks so much and I hope you feel better very soon.

  • Hey guys...thanks for your replies. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since they had to go back in and replace the damaged lead.
    I have to say...the ANS works. I am not in as severe pain as i was. Just recoverying from another surgery so soon after the original ANS was installed has been hell.
    I have noticed I just seemed depressed...I am relating that to being in constant pain for so long. No one can prepare you menatlly on how to cope woth the ANS unit. I think when mine shorted out it freaked me out. My family means well and try to push me to get up and keep going and I try...but all i want to do is sleep. i think I am just depressed and need time to pass.
    I actually have my mind set on when will it short out agin. I got to get over the negative thinking and think positive.
    God knows I have been through it. This marks my 4th surgery in a years time.
    March 2007-fusion
    September 2008-RF
    October 9th- ANS installed
    October 30th - ANS wire replaced

    I am DONE!!!! TIRED!!! Just pray to the good Lord I can pick myself up out of this depression and get my life back!! I wish all you guys luck on your procedures!! God Bless You ALL!!!
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  • Hi...i'm a new guy here. Former professional skydiver. I fractured L1 crushed L2 and fractured L3 on a bad landing in 96. I have been living in hell since. The pain drugs have gotten so strong that there isnt anything else. Ive been thru Vic , Methadone, Morphine,Nortryptaline and finally all the different dosages of Oxy. I'm sick of the way this crap makes me feel so I have been offered the ANS unit. I'm at my wits end....literally....you all know where that winds up. So I will try ANS as a last resort. It happens Feb. 16 09 so please wish me luck.
  • Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Cambran - I hope you are continuing to do well.

    Jim B. - Good luck on the 16th!! I am loving my ANS Eon Mini. Have had it for almost 4 weeks now. So wonderful at lessening the nerve pain.

    Take care everyone,


  • Thanks for the welcome. I will keep you posted as to the oitcome.
  • Today was the day. I laid on the table enjoying the Fentanyl for 3 hours. Feeling my Dr and the ANS specialist try their best to install the leads. I have several holes in my back from all the places they tried to install the leads. No joy. I have too much damage from my skydivng accident and a fracture at T-12 I did riding motocross in the 70s.
    I cant begin to tell you how bummed I am at this moment.

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