First of all welcome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. There have been quite a few postings about stimulators over the past year. I suggest that you use the search function to search the forums for postings related to stimulators. If previous postings are not helpful, please let us know. I had a stimulator implanted in 2007 for back and legs pain. I have to be honst, I have never heard of a stimulator used for post shingle pain. My question to you would be whether you pain is going to less over time. Most people I know that have shingles have extreme pain for up to 5 years, then it begins to lessen. I would hate to see you use a rather permanent surgical option for a condition that might change with time. It is much easier to adjust oral medication to fit your pain needs, the surgical one. Are you having a problem with your pain needs? What if you lessens as time goes on. Another thing to keep in mind is that pain doctors frequently suggest stimulators to patients because there are big big $$$$ to be made off of them. Most pain doctors have little or no surgical experience, exceopt for anesthesia control. They have had little training in pump impantation. I would make sure your doctor has plently of experience under his belt with stimulators. The stimulator is only as good as the leads. If the leads or poorly placed, you will not have the control you are looking for. Because this is a nontraditional use of a stimulator, I would highly suggest that you get a second opinion. Once you have a stimulator implanted it is very difficult to have is removed. Once implanted, you can no longer have diagnostic MRI's. I know this may not seem important right now, but you would be surprised at how many diseases and injuries are diagnosed with an MRI.
I just recently posted a thread abut stimulators verses pumps, you might be interested in reading my comparisonn.
I do not want to sound negative. I would hae to see you seek out a surgical fix for a problem that my lessen as time goes on. It is much easier to customize your oral medications to treat your pain then to have a implantable device.
Good luck in finding a solutions to you pain problems and contact me if you have a specivic question we can answer for you.
Stella Marie Chronic Pain Forum Moderator
Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy, congestive heart failure, muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy, & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator).