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SCS for Rt foot nerve damage.

HighwaymanHHighwayman Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Good Morning,

After many surgeries to get rid of my savage right heel pain which is gone, there is now much collateral damage in the ankle and foot. Some may call it failed tarsal tunnel surgery. Two neuromas in the ankle on heel nerves had to be cut to stop heel pain. I call it nerve pain from hell. Also in the ball of the foot has nerve damage from two surgeries to relieve 2 Morton’s neuromas. Those nerves were severed and resected into the arch of the foot. But there are many fine nerves in the ball area that are damaged from 2 previous surgeries. Every step I take whether the ankle or the ball of the foot is nerve pain. So the longer into the day and the longer into the week it is PFM. Narcotics do no good. I take 800 Neurontin 4x plus 1 400 a day and 1 60mg Cymbalta. By the end of the week I am shaking in pain. My job is 70% on my feet on concrete. I use every trick to protect the foot but I am still on it. Nights and weekends are spent on the couch with weight off wheels to be ready for work on Monday.
My PM Doc says this is my last option for this issue.
That said I had a SCS trail two weeks ago. The trail lasted five days. I was pleased with the results. Though I did not work I made sure to be up and on my feet.
Medtronic is the unit that will be put in me 10 August. I have only found 3 times on Google for the SCS being used for this issue. I know that this cannot be all but I am willing!!!!!!. The rep from Medtronic’s has not seen the SCS used for this purpose but in the end it is still a nerve issue and the trail results were 60% pain relief but at home. A paddle lead will be used. The trail lead was at T11. The NS also thinks there still might be scar tissue issues at L5-S1 fusion sight contributing to the foot issues.
During the surgery electrical sticky leads will be placed down my right leg to my toes and then the NS will determine the final placement of the paddle lead.
Is there anyone on this board who has had similar issue? If so, what has been your result?
Sorry so long winded. I do come here every day looking at the SCS board for assurance and the positive results that many of you have had.

God Bless,


  • George,

    My PM doc who placed my SCS told me he had a patient who was stuck in a wheel chair due to severe knee pain. She had an SCS implanted and was walking without support within a few days. Nerves are nerves and if you can block the pain signal with an SCS, that's awesome.

    I hope you find it to work well for you.

  • "C"
    Whether foot or knee or sciatica there are nerves involved. It is reassuring that the SCS is finding more uses as time goes on. This Wednesday is the day. I put off as long as I could but now that I made the decision to do it, let’s do it. I just need some relief. I am very tired physically and more so mentally. It is also trying on my marriage but there is no giving up in either of us.
    Just working for Wednesday.

    God Bless,
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