I have degenerative changes, and so far the board of doctors have denied me a few things due to degeneration. I once waited a week for them to have thier meetings just to find out that they decided I was not a candate for nerve burns. WHich was silly! why ask me, then have a meeting, just to deny me?.. *sigh* I am told that it is due to degeneration and stability of the spine. I have something they call Levoscoliosis, but only bottom half of my back hurts from it, not while spine. I get the distinct impression that degenerative changes , thou common, make it hard to seek other pain management options. All about the great inflammation reace. Sorry I can add helpful input at all.
Modlemaker, I too am sorry that the SCS won't work for you. I also agree that it is better to find out now than afterwards. When I had my fusion I underestimated the recovery time. For some reason I don't learn very fast. After the SCS implant, I did not think it that difficult but I have found that this old body does not heal as fast as it did once. I would hate the thought of going through all this for nothing. First the failed back surgery and then if the SCS did not work I would be a candidate for the funny farm. I know it is partially my fault as I have tore the leads loose by doing a very simple thing but I still can't stand to be in the car for long and sitting in a chair relaxing is difficult for a length of time. Since the transmitter is on my right back side just above the belt line and I get tiured of laying on my left side for hours before I can finally get to sleep. I say all this just to reinforce it is not worth it if it would not work.
Have they tried nerve blocks or a pain pump. I know that they have never discussed a nerve block with me but the pain pump has been a discussion. I hope that they find something besides just pumping you full of pills. I will be keeping you in my prayers.
I am so sorry that the SCS won't work for you! ((((((((((((modelmaker))))))))))))
I was NOT a candidate for the SCS either. I bypassed the trial and went directly to the NS who in the end would be putting the permanent unit in. I went for 2 opinions and advised to have an MRI and CT Scan and was told the same thing by both Drs that I was not a candidate. I was told there are 3 types of people, the definite NO, the definite YES and the other 50% are in a maybe group, by that I was told the trial may work and then when the permanent unit is put in it chances are it would not. I was in the Maybe group and felt the cost and iffy outcome was not worth the risk!
My PMD was as disappointed as I was!