Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

New Stimulator pain

skyeblue021969sskyeblue021969 Posts: 1
edited 09/13/2015 - 9:25 PM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I am one week post implant for my medtronic neurostimulator. I broke my tailbone 6 years ago and that started all of my back problems. I have had a collapsed disc and degenrative disc, severe arthritis and many more issues. My Dr. refused to put me on strong medication for treatment so I have been dealing with severe pain for years with little relief I have been on many nerve meds with little relief. I have severe muscle spasms and am on a large doses of baclofen to help treat them. I went through the trial for the medtronic unit and had some relief and I was very disappointed when they had to disconnect me at the end of the trial as this was the best I had felt in years. I just had me permanent stim implanted and I love it. I am having alot of site pain where the unit was implanted and where my lead was placed and I'm taking percaset for the pain but its not helping. How long does the pain normally last post op? I am an over doer and because I felt good I tried to ride a bicycle (big mistake) I had shocking pains through my butt and leg so I will not be repeating this until I am completely healed. Dr says 6 weeks. Let me know about your post op experiences. I am also having problems with ss disability none of my drs pain or pc want to be responsible for completing disability paperwork and I am having to deal with disability drs through the system I am unsure what to do about this I tell disability I am unable to sit at a job or lift they tell me I can sit and can lift up to 10 lbs. has anyone had disabitly issues and should I get a lawyer to help me with these issues.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

    i am sure that you will find your time on spine-health very rewarding. this site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and growing.
    here are just some of the highlights that are available as tabs on the main spine-health menu bar

    spine-health main menu tabs

    conditions detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal condition.
    treatment list of treatments to the conditions identified by spine-health.
    wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.
    medical articles
    pain forums these are the forums you will be using
    find a doctor this provides with a method to search for doctors in various locations.
    videos index to all spine-health videos

    as a bonus, spine-health provides these patient forums. here you can meet thousands of people who understand and can relate to your situation. you will soon become part of the spiney family[/u] who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. you are now part of this family that is approximately 27,00 international members and growing daily.


    - it is very important to understand the forum rules to make sure all of your posts[u] do not violate any of the rules.[/u]

    - all new members must read our faq in order to understand the layout of the forums, how to navigate through the forums, helpful terms, how to make effective threads and posts, plus a link index to many of the important medical forums and key medical articles on spine-health forum faq

    i am positive any member, new or old will find this chroinc pain - step by step thread very valuable.

    here are some links that all new members need to review to create effective threads and more

    read before you post
    more info tips for newcomers
    understanding the rules

    all of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    you can also find spine-health on these social networks

    facebook www.facebook.com/spinehealth
    pinterest https://pinterest.com/spinehealth/boards/
    twitter https://twitter.com/spinehealth

    if you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the private message facility to[u] contact any one of the spine-health moderators




    also working with us very closely is allison walsh from the spine-health company



    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • edited 09/15/2015 - 10:24 AM
    i had 2 fusions and my medtronic stim surgery washouts as painful for first 4 weeks and the surgical pain didn't go completely away til 8 weeks. i also did too much. you really need to rest. no twisting. no lifting over 3 lbs. i know it's hard but i'm having trouble now because things got out of whack-and like you it is working great on nerve pain. i haven't done disability so i don't know but i've heard not to use a lawyer until you get denied. they take percentage forever. they can help get retroactive. i'd google as much as you can. you will need a dr to fill out paperwork with or without a lawyer so it just maybe a matter of finding a good dr. take care.

    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    ~ spine-health moderator, savage
  • advertisement
  • Dale0715DDale0715 Posts: 1
    edited 09/29/2015 - 11:49 AM
    hello, i have the last of three bilateral steroid injections next week 10/6. this series has not helped with my pain and has actually increased my symptoms (numbness, burning, tingling) in my right thigh, lower leg, and right foot. i had a triple lumbar fusion 4/26/12 of l3, l4, l5,s1 with bilateral incisions lower back for l5-s1 and an incision left side for the l3-l5 spaces. a work accident 3/13/14 revealed that the l5-s1 fusion had failed. my first surgeon could no longer help me because he quit accepting my insurance. i found another neurosurgeon and had an alif l5-s1 on 9/16/14. i woke up with numbness in my right great toe that wasn't there before surgery. i also had complications with nerves being "disturbed" specific to an anterior approach. urinary symptoms have resolved, sexual symptoms have not. symptoms in my right leg worsened and i agreed to what turned out to be a midline plif l5-s1 and removal of (loose) hardware l3-l5 that was performed 12/18/14. recovery was slow and included a necrosis in my incision that eventually healed. i've always dealt with depression, but starting with the recommendation for a third surgery, (11/12/14), i became severely depressed and suicidal (ideation and plan, but no attempts) i started seeing a psychiatrist and began taking cymbalta, welbutrin, and eventually lexapro - titrating up to cymbalta 120mg, wellbutrin xl 300mg, and lexapro 20mg. for pain i was taking oxycodone, meloxicam, and neurontin. not knowing my prognosis and knowing how long ssd can take, i filed for ssd on 1/24/15 with the help of a lawyer that actually is an advocacy group under the lawyer. none of my doctors were willing to fill out the disability determination paperwork which is only a residual function capacity. i was denied and now face the same circumstances because my pm doctor won't
    fill it out for me. this happens to a lot of applicants. i've read that "shopping" for a doctor can be detrimental to a claim. most people get denied, then denied again on the reconsideration appeal level, and a hearing is set up with an administrative law judge. i live in texas, so it will all depend on who i get and how strong my "new" or continuing medical information is. i'm sorry you are going through the same situation with ssa...
    i've read some horror stories and some positive feedback. i hope it helps enough for me to get off the pain medication and eventually the antidepressants. i want my life back!

    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    ~ spine-health moderator, savage

    ALIF L5/S1 9/16/14
  • darby01darby01 Posts: 188
    edited 09/29/2015 - 5:08 PM
    I am 4 weeks post on for my SCS implant and am also still having pain at the surgical site(mainly the muscle that they moved) and a little soreness where the battery was implanted. My paddle migrated a little bit to the left in between surgery and two week follow up and my surgeon said this can be keeping the pain around and he may need to go in and move the leads if everything doesn't stop. I'm still getting great coverage so I'm praying it stays that way. I am also having disability issues. I was denied about a year ago and immediately got a lawyer. As of last month they were finally reviewing my case. My pain mgmt Doc doesn't want to fill out the paperwork and not sure about surgeon. My pain level is still at about a 4 and I can't lift or sit for too long as well. Even just sitting at my computer for 5 minutes my back gets sore, I get neck pain that causes headaches, and right hand goes numb. I'm hoping my surgeon or pcp will fill out the paperwork for me. Please fill us in if you have any luck with the pain and disability
Sign In or Register to comment.