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In two minds about the Spinal Cord Stimulator!

KellyMcGill92KKellyMcGill92 Posts: 2
edited 02/03/2016 - 5:30 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I'm 24 years old and looking for any advice that I can possibly get!

I had surgery when I was 19 on my L4 L5 which was a success.... for one year! I have had physiotherapy, two nerve root blocks and basically feel like I'm a guinea pig. I have recently been told now that my last and final option is a spinal cord stimulator, which to be honest, scared the life out of me!

I suffer with Chronic pain, lower back pain and sciatica, which I am sure you all know is literally a pain in the ass!!

I have been told that I am really young to be getting this done, but I am being made feel like it is my only option. I am in two minds about it all and feel like I am under a serious amount of pressure and I am looking for any advice that you kind people can offer me.

Thank you all in advance!

Kelly
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  • Hi,  as a somewhat recent SCS patient, I highly recommend it or at least the trial.  I've suffered for 30-1/2 yrs and in October 2014 I had a stimulator (Medtronic RestoreSensor) implanted.  While mine is not perfect, it does work.  I had a paddle lead implanted which required a little more surgery than the straight leads (same as they use for the trial) and because apparently I suffer from sleep apnea, they could not keep me consciously sedated to have my input when locating the correct position.  They had to knock me out and use the MRI and trial data to place the lead.  I was hoping to wean completely off all meds but in reality, I will have to continue with the hope that I can someday wean down the amount and type of meds I take (gabapentin 600x3, Prozac 20x1, Norco 10-325x4, Soma 350X3).  I would at least look into the trial procedure.  That will tell you if its going to work before having the implant done.    
    54-y/o male & 30-yr chronic pain sufferer: back surgery, stimulator implant
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  • trscott61 said:

    Hi,  as a somewhat recent SCS patient, I highly recommend it or at least the trial.  I've suffered for 30-1/2 yrs and in October 2014 I had a stimulator (Medtronic RestoreSensor) implanted.  While mine is not perfect, it does work.  I had a paddle lead implanted which required a little more surgery than the straight leads (same as they use for the trial) and because apparently I suffer from sleep apnea, they could not keep me consciously sedated to have my input when locating the correct position.  They had to knock me out and use the MRI and trial data to place the lead.  I was hoping to wean completely off all meds but in reality, I will have to continue with the hope that I can someday wean down the amount and type of meds I take (gabapentin 600x3, Prozac 20x1, Norco 10-325x4, Soma 350X3).  I would at least look into the trial procedure.  That will tell you if its going to work before having the implant done.    

    Thank you so much trscott61 for the advice! 
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