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SCS... Is it like a TENS????

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  • Thanks for the input, Ron! I will definitely have to hit "C" chagland up. I have heard mixed feelings on the SCS, but that goes for just about everything, you hear the good, bad, and ugly.

    Right now I just want as much knowledge as possible, so I am prepared for my consult next week. So far, I have received wonderful info from many members here who have an SCS. It has been very helpful.

    It is awesome that I can have a trial before the permanent implant, to see if it will help reduce pain levels. It's too bad they didn't offer a trial with ACDF... LOL that would be pretty great, huh. :-D

    Take care all!
  • Im 2 weeks off my trial and waiting for a surgeon (more on that elsewhere), I had/have similar concerns regarding location of pain and the stim. I have muscle pain/spasms from cervical injury. Thankful the shooting pain stopped after injections. Three years of trigger point injections and Im just in agony 24/7. I live on a heating pad and my tens unit. So finally this PM asked me about the SCS. The last day of my trial was the best. My muscles (boulders in the shoulder) seemed better than they had in 5 years. So, I was told that it will help. At this point nothing else is and I just want a life away from an electrical socket for the heating pad. Keep asking questions. I found some good info on webmd.com. We will stay in touch through the process. There are a few of us here about to proceed. I need a surgeon?
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  • Im 2 weeks off my trial and waiting for a surgeon (more on that elsewhere), I had/have similar concerns regarding location of pain and the stim. I have muscle pain/spasms from cervical injury. Thankful the shooting pain stopped after injections. Three years of trigger point injections and Im just in agony 24/7. I live on a heating pad and my tens unit. So finally this PM asked me about the SCS. The last day of my trial was the best. My muscles (boulders in the shoulder) seemed better than they had in 5 years. So, I was told that it will help. At this point nothing else is and I just want a life away from an electrical socket for the heating pad. Keep asking questions. I found some good info on webmd.com. We will stay in touch through the process. There are a few of us here about to proceed. I need a surgeon?
  • I have created a new "topic" so anyone who is interested can read my pain journal. Sorry it took a few days. It is candid but honest. I just want it to help you and anyone else going through this.
  • MelWMMelW Posts: 427
    edited 07/19/2012 - 3:00 PM
    Thank you Kathy!!! You rock! :-D I will check it out, for sure.

    Terri - I know what you mean when you say "boulders in the shoulders," it is awful. I have areas that are just one big, constant spasm. Last time I saw the PM he said "did you know this muscle is in a constant spasm?," well no sh!t Sherlock!!! LOL, I feel that pain every darn day. He is an awesome doc, but he still has a few "no sh!t" moments. Anyhow, yes, please keep me updated on your SCS journey. I want all the info I can get. I wish you luck!

    Mel
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  • Mel, I am on my second SCS (Boston Scientific) and mine was placed to aid with cervical pain as well. I had bad pain in both arms and hands as well as around my shoulder blades and the center of my upper back. In all honesty, I will say that I get more relief in my arms than I do in my actual neck/back so it isn't 100%. But when my first unit failed, I realized just how much it was helping me and chose to go through it all again (first one stopped working after 12 months and it was an engineering thing, not the actual unit. The wire that connected the battery to the paddle was cut by rubbing against the material they used to anchor it.).
    As far as the charging goes, your remote will give you plenty of warning when your battery needs to be charged. Mine has "bars" for battery strength (3 bars) and when I see it go to 2 bars, I always go ahead and recharge. I don't run a high stimulation because I am very sensitive and not only get stimulation in my arms, but also in my legs and feet and if set too high, I can't do anything with my arms or legs. I run mine 24/7 and the only time I turn it off is when I am exercising (kickboxing) because it stimulates too much. I only have to charge my battery about every 3 weeks and it takes around 4-5 hours. I usually charge when I'm in bed watching tv or reading.
    I think it is definitely worth trying it out. I did have pain the first two days after my trial began and was miserable, but the 3rd day was so much better. And my ability to sleep came back! I didn't realize how much I missed sleeping soundly. That was enough to convince me to get the stimulator.
  • Be honest please, are you getting ANY relief around shoulders and upper back? Did you or do you have the muscle pain and tightness? Thank God my arm pain is gone. I don't expect near 100%, BUT if it cant shoot what I'm aiming for....thats important. I'm sure the neuro will be honest, your input is very helful.
  • kathyykkathyy Posts: 585
    edited 07/24/2012 - 1:42 PM
    My goodness, Honeysmom! Good for you! Kickboxing!!! Sounds like you aren't giving in to the pain! I try to explain to other people why I choose to do my own house cleaning and still try to work in my garden! No matter how bad, I just have the sense that I can't let the pain, win!
  • I just got back from my consultation with the pain doc! :-D For once, I think I smiled all of the way home! He said he thinks I would greatly benefit from a SCS. I have my psych eval on 8/9/12, then he is going to set me up for the trial. He uses either Medtronic or Boston Scientific Precision Plus, which he said he would prefer the BS Precision Plus for me. I should have one of the RN reps calling me soon to talk to me and see if I have any questions.

    He also said they are using SCS's for depression, which I never knew, but it makes sense.

    I am super excited to do the trial! I will keep ya'll posted! I am really hoping it helps, but am also not putting all my eggs in one basket. If it helps, it'll be awesome, but if not then at least I tried one more resource to try to reduce my pain.
  • Now you'll get an idea of this therapy.....how it feels, if it helps. My doc says they look for 2 things. 1) at least a 50% reduction in pain and 2) a decrease in pain medication. It may help you to keep a journal as I did. As I await final surgery, it helps encourage me since I'm right back in the old pain cycle without it. I keep thinking to myself...did it really help me that much? And I am reassured that it wasn't just a dream. Remember, my trial was mid June. Seems like a long time ago.
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