Peripheral/Diabetic Neuropathy & Neurostimulator Implant

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   Posted 8/7/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

My PM Dr. has scheduled me for a trial for a Neurostimulator (St. Jude Medical). Is there anyone who has any experience with a similar implanted device and the chronic pain in hands and feet associated with peripheral neuropathy that can share any info or advice pro & con?

Thank you for your time.

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   Posted 8/7/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Requiem...I can't remember if you have written what type of Dr. you are? You seem most knowledgeable about the SCS...Is this your speciality?

And I was wondering if you have actual chronic pain issues yourself as you seem to help many here....just curious if you have anything that we can lend support on for you?

Scopeguy...there are quite a few people on here that have gone through both the trial and the permanent placement. So I'm sure others will come along to offer their support. Just know that each person has different results...and if it didn't happen to work well for some people...there are many that it does help..It's just a lot of those folks don't happen to post on the board! LOL

You can also do a search on the boards to find threads about this as well.
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   Posted 8/7/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for more information Requiem...and not to hijack the thread...but how did you find Healing Well and if I may ask what your purpose is if you don't have pain issues yourself? I know my PM Dr. is so busy during the day with patients and then has his family at night...were you asked by the owner to come on as a Physician? (maybe I missed your introduction so I apologize for this...)
And not that we aren't appreciative of your's just something new to us for an actual still practicing Dr. to come on here that doesn't have pain themself..So I was just more curious:)

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   Posted 8/7/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Requiem, thank you very much for your reply and time. Very informative and the detail of information is also appreciated.

Snowbunny21, I will continue to browse thru the treads posted. If there are others with peripheral neuropathy that have had some type of experience with stimulators I would appreciate hearing from them. While I realize it's not a perfect solution, if it helps reduce the pain and I can also reduce some of the medications I take, it may be a Godsend.

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   Posted 8/8/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   


        Hello Scopeguy!

             I wanted to pop in and welcome you to the forum!

      As you have already found out,....our members are more than willing to support, and help where they can. Please feel free to join us on a regular basis, and ask anything you want concerning chronic pain.

     Just in case you have not found it yet,...please feel free to visit the "Chronic Pain 101" located at the top of our home page. It is full of great articles, and helpful resources!

   Take care, and again Enjoy the forum!

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