I am just tired of living like I do. My insurance will likely cover a neurostimulator, but after hearing how many people have trouble with shifting leads and stimulation of the wrong area it makes me a bit hesitant. The artificial lumbar disc is great in theory - remove the disc that is the source of my chronic pain, keep mobility in the joint and hopefully prevent the next one up from blowing out in a few years as is common after fusion - but I do not know anybody that has one. My PM doc says "wait & see" for a couple of years as they perfect the devices and the surgical techniques. I just don't know how long I can go on like this. The pain meds help a lot, but who wants to go through all of the hassle of taking a pill every few hours, having pharmacies treat you like a criminal, etc.? Also, even with the meds, I hurt a lot, it just isn't totally debilitating.
Having a back injury has cost me a lot - my marriage (my ex said that I "just wasn't as much fun anymore"), a promotion at work, my sense of self-worth, and a whole lot of money. The artificial disc seems like the best treatment (in theory, anyway). I wonder how long it will be until Blue Cross will cover it?
47 YO Male, chronic back pain. Herniated disc L5/S1 2003. Discectomy with partial laminectomy 2004. Now told I have Failed Back Syndrome with discogenic pain.
Oxycontin 40mg every 8 hours, Norco 10mg every 4 hours as needed, Celebrex 200 mg twice a day.
Pain level varies from disturbing to nearly intolerable.