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SCS implanted 1 week ago for back pain

KimmimoKKimmimo Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Pain Management
After having a fusion in my neck from C3 - T1, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. I tried everything to relieve the back pain. Epidural injections, burning of the nerves around my SI's. All types of pain medications with no success. I began to research the SCS, and with a successful clinical trial, I had the permanent implant surgery a week ago now. I must admit the recovery process is more painful and tedious than I had imagined. But I'm only 41 years old, and I wanted, needed my life back! So I felt that it is worth the 6 weeks recovery time. If anyone out there has any questions or concerns... Please feel free to contact me..


  • What IS it and would it work for C5-C7????
  • I hope your SCS is working and giving you less pain I know mine is

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  • welcome to the fraternity that you'd prefer not to be a member of. if you have any questions feel free to pm me or post in the spinal cord stimulation forum.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    take a look at the spinal cord stimulation forum section.

    there is tons of information in there.

    dave, as well as haglandc ( "c" ) have tons of details and practical experiences they can provide.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thanks so much!
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  • Hi,
    SCS is a Spinal Cord Stimulator. It is implanted and sutured to the spine. It sends an electical current. Which ultimately interups the pain signal to the brain that you are in pain. You would need to be evaluated by a surgeon to see if you qualify. It depends on your individual evaluation. You then are required to go through a clinical trial, before being able to receive the permant implant. There are several great sources of information on this site, as well as others explaining the implant and the process. I am sorry to hear of your pain. I do hope you find relief. This site has helped me a great deal. Just by being able to read about others like myself. And by being able to gather valuable information.

    Sincerely, kimmimo
  • Thank you so much!.. I have not received any relief yet. I was under the impression that when I woke up after surgery, the stimulator would be on. But it wasn't. I go for my follow up in the morning. I'm hoping they turn it on then. As well as remove my staples. I am so incredibly sore!... And having difficulty sleeping. Will this get better? As I recover???... Lord I certainly hope so.
    Any reply, or info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much..:)
  • My implant surgery was almost as bad as my 2 level fusion. It took about a month before I started feeling better. Then you have "C" who was ready to go partying the afternoon of her implant, just kidding. Everyone is different after their implant surgery. Just keep saying to yourself, "Self, the trial went great so we'll have this little booger turned on real soon and doing its job."

  • I'm in the process of being considered for this. Had consult with spine specialist/pain management folks. Then had talk with gal from Boston Scientific (?). Then insurance requires some routine psych eval. If all is okayed, then guess there's a one week trial with temp hook-up and a selection of different stimulation programs. Then once you select, they go back and do perm install of wire and battery kit.

    I'm a colon cancer survivor from 3 years ago. Have neuropathy on my hands and feet, due to extensive chem treatment. But have had 2 electro nerve tests and looks like lower right back is blocking nerve signals to my left leg. A couple of degen disks, plus inch nerve. A little anxious about this SCS, but seen my Spine Center's website and hoping that this is routine and helps. Glad to hear from someone who has had it done.
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