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SCS for discogenic low-back pain (L3-L4)

Keano16KKeano16 Posts: 89
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Kind regards to everyone,

this question is only for people that had SCS or SCS trial to treat their DISCOGENIC low back pain.

I have a DDD in my L3-L4, and I already had 3 surgeries (1 traditional and 2 minimally-invasive). I am still feeling very bad, I can't leave apartment because of chronic low-back pain.

Did anyone had SCS or SCS trial because of discogenic low-back pain? What was your result?



  • I had an SCS for low back AND foot and leg pain. The SCS made my low back pain much worse. The rep said this cam sometimes happin. I am sure other have had better luck with the SCS than I had. The program for my low back pain was removed.
    BTW...I also have DDD.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • Pat, I just want to make sure your position is clear to the OP - from your previous posts, your LBP happened when you stood too long or bent over too long. That sounds like facet joint problems, not a disc problem.

    Keano specifically asked about the SCS and discogenic lower back pain, so I didn't want to mislead him if what you posted previously is true.

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  • Well, I also have severe DDD in L4-5 and L5-S1 and nerve pain down my legs. My PM doctor said that the SCS was worth a try in my case and I decided to go along with his recommendation. I did the trial but I started leaking spinal fluid and had a horrible spinal headache. My back was really sore from the procedure and I could not lay directly on it because of the external unit taped to my back, so it was hard tell how it worked there. I did notice that I didn't get relief from my nerve pains and muscle spasms in my legs and instead aggravated the problem. Of course this is only my experience but there are plenty of success stories here. Today I do have a pain pump since I did much better with that trial.

    I do hope you have success with the SCS and I have read that they have models that do a better job covering the back as well as the extremities. I understand what you're going through and am sure you'll be able to find something can help you improve your quality of life. Take care
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