Welcome aboard to Healing Wells's chronic pain forum. I am glad you found us but very sorry to see another person come along battling this crazy life of CP. What really bothers me is you are far too young to to be suffering so and you should be out having a great life. I know, empty words that you have muttered to yourself on more than one occassion I am sure. Heck, I am almost 57 yrs old and still say it after 20 yrs of this crap. I am sorry though, it just does not seem fair to me that such young people are being afflicted with such awful illnesses and many can't or will not get to experience many things in this life because of their situation. That I have a real problem with. But, I can tell you, you are not alone fighting this battle, there are many of of us right there with you. We all have our own story to tell as to what brought us to where we are today.
First off, you really do need to schedule an appt with your PM dr and make sure they understand when scheduling this appt you will be given enough time with the dr to ask your questions and get some asnwers. If you get to the appt and he still rushes in and out, then kick him to the curb and find another PM dr that cares enough to give you the time and care you really need. From what I am gathering here you have reached a point where oral meds have not kept your pain at a decent level and you are needing other tools to help you out. We do have some people on the forum that has the SCS stims and I do hope they will pop on. Please look up to the top of the page and on the right you will see the word search. If you will type in SCS implants, or neurostimulators you will find a wealth of information at your fingertips very fast. The same with the pain pump, type that in and a lot of info will come up. We ask that people do this because for one thing it saves a lot of time, you get the info fast and lets face it, some people get tired of saying the same thing over and over and they may not feel like typing a reply, so please check out the search. Still have questions put them out there for others to see. Its a real crap shoot on whether or not the SCS will work, it does not work for everyone, please keep that in mind. Also, you are given a trial with the SCS to see if it helps or not, you will know during the trial if it helps. With the pain pump it is the same too, you do a trial to see if it lessens your pain.
Please keep posting and let us know how things are going along. We also ask new members to check out the forum rules that are listed and this is not expected to be done tonight or tomorrow, just sometime in the future. The administrator of the foum likes to keep all of us rowing this boat in the same direction by setting out guidelines for us. We also have a thread called CP 101, there is some wonderful information in there that may help you out too. You will be amazed at the info that is there. If there is anything anyone here can help you with let us know by posting it here. Take care.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.