Yes, almost 10 years later, 4 surgeries and the pain pump working for me. Those who read my other posting can see that i have been through it all. From injections, spinal cord stimulator, TLFIT, discectomy, to revision of surgery. This past February doctors and I agreed that this was the last shot. The trail went well so we went ahead with the surgery. After healing and 2 days i notice a huge difference. I am able to walk unassisted, i am exercising, walking long distance, standing for long periods of time and am in 80% less pain. The pain that i am in is very manageable. I am no longer on 13 pills a day and only medication I am taking is the medication that is in the pump. I dont even have to use my spinal cord stimulator everyday.
Now i get pain some days where i notice it and it affects my daily activities but by god i am much better! I am not worried about years from now , but enjoying that i am back to some kind or normalcy after almost 10 years of pain and helplessness. I can shower on my own, drive, go to stars, shows, movies almost everything i could do before the accident. Now i have asked should I have done this first and i agree that it was the combination of everything that has already been done.
This was the last option and wanted to be the last option due to the medication. Those of us out there that has been through failure surgery after surgery, medication after medication, procedure after procedure...don't give up. There are methods and things out there to help you get back to a normal. Keep searching and keep your head up high. Never rule anything out before you try it. I had ruled this out because i didn't want these medications to be going through my body forever but i am glad that i gave it a try. I am so much better now, so happy and in so much more pain relief.