So the trial is....

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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Not on as of yet.  I wish I had better news for everyone, but my SCS trial won't be happening anytime soon.  Looks like after my next psych appt in two weeks, though, I will be ready for it to be placed by my doctor! YAY!  He is ready (that is my Psych doc) to give me the green light on this!  Now....most would think this to be a really good thing, but to me it means heading for many court dates and arguing with some high paid lawyer from Wyoming with ONLY Wyoming Worker's Comp's best interests in mind.
I will have Dr. Parks and Rita in my corner, and my psych doc as well, but as far as the other side, I'm sure that they will have dozens of experts to say that the SCS does not work EVER!  I only want a see if the SCS is what will bring my pain down at all.  Is that so much to ask for??
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 

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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
You should know that I'll be rooting for you and sending many prayers your way. Good luck and try to keep positive.
Keep posting with plenty of up dates (as I forget)..
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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I will also be rooting for you. I turned the scs down but that was for me. I know that in some patients they do remarkable things in bringing the pain levels under control enough so that some patients get back to life and work, and all of that other good stuff that we miss out on at I am hoping that Wyoming doesn't decide to give you a hard time with this and let's the trial go through.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too

Stella Marie
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   Posted 1/18/2010 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck.  Us you doctor aware of any other WC cases in your state where they have covered the cost of an SCS?  I know you are not interested in one, but what about other implants like a pump?  Are they ever covered.
I am sure you doctor will defend your case to the max - I hope it does not take too long.

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, myoclonus, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair.



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   Posted 1/19/2010 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll be in your corner, too! I think you should at least be able to have a TRIAL, and then honestly evaluate if it would be of much help to you. Then you and your doctors would know.

But that would make too much sense, right?

Still, you're making progress, slowly but surely. And the turtle won the race - remember!



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   Posted 1/19/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Common sense nevr seems to go hand in hand with these people, Scarred but I sure hope they let you have a trial too, golitho

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   Posted 1/19/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Scarred, I will be glad to go to court with you. Hey why not get several of us with a SCS implanted to give them 1st hand information about the use of the unit. I am sure that would make no difference to them as they have an agenda and are blind to anything else. I do hope you get the chance.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Scarred, I'm still fighting to get my stimulator. We're about to submit the second insurance appeal. Keep your fingers crossed for me as well!


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   Posted 1/19/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I sure hope things work out the way you want them to. I know nothing about SRS or stimulators but know you must have done the research and studied the outcomes. My thoughts and prayers are with you; Good Luck.....

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   Posted 1/19/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, thanks so much for all your luck and well wishes. I know that WC is convinced that the SCS, as well as the Pain Pump do not work for back pain or siatic pain. This of course is rediculous! They just don't wanna pay for it I think is what it comes down to. There are hundreds of cases that I can use where the patient has had wonderful progress with the SCS, many here on the forum. But WC doesn't like to hear that they are wrong, ya know? Which bites for me, cause when I do get to take them to court (and I WILL) it will be a long battle that will end in me probably getting it but with many restrictions, One being no more medical paid for by them and the other being that they won't want me to be on any more medication at all.

Here when I first started this process a few months ago with my new doctor, he went to bat for me with WC when they were determined that they wanted me to be completely off my medications for the trial and they wanted a rep in the evaluation so that they could ask their own questions. Doc refused this idea, stating many cases where the patient needed medications with even the permenant implant. I was pretty happy with this and actually got what I wanted out of it!

Now the hard part is that I have to complete my Long Term plans for my recovery for the full year following the SCS implant. Hubby gets to sit in on the next appt with my psych and I get to bounce a few ideas off of both of them. Now, here is the thing. If you all knew my husband you would see why this worries me. He is the type of person that doesn't believe in psych docs and thinks that all of this that I am doing is just a bunch of balogna. But he promises to be good ha ha ha.


What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 

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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scarred,
I'll be praying for you for a victory in this battle for you too! Just incase, I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed too! It makes you wonder, how much $$$$$$ are they willing to waist to fight someone who is just looking for a little (lot) of pain relief? It just doesn't make any sence to me!

If I were King of the forest, things would be different! Hang in there Lil Sis, you have lots of peeps pulling for you!
Big Hugs,
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