Able to Golf after Stimulator Implant?

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   Posted 9/22/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering from L4-S1 back and leg pain for well over a year and have been put through all the hoops only to be told I need a fusion. I have had two previous back surgeries and many injections.
I do NOT want a fusion!
I am now considering the Neurostimulation Therapy trail to see if that works. However, I am an avid golfer. Have any other golfers out there had this done before?
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Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 9/24/2011 10:03:30 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/22/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi crazy4golf, Kathy/nini here, I am not a golf person, its one sport I have never had any wish to knolw either how to play or what people do when golfing, so I cant help you there.  I do however have much experience in neurostimulators/and failed back surgery, (although my surgery was a lumbar laminictomy) which as I said failed, that was back in 1998.
In May of 2010 I had a neurostimulator surgery which is all things considered a relatively minor surgery.  Has your doctor talked about having a trial stim before you have the actual surgery?  I think it is important to have the trial done and I believe most surgeons do the trial before having the stim installed permantely.  My stim (and I had a trial) was put in the left lower back, I have the same L4-5 and the first surgery the surgeon installed the unit to deeply.  After much work trying to get it charged, it was decided that it had indeed been put in to deep.
So round 2, and we must remember that doctors just like us are human, I had another surgery to correct what happened.  Again after much frustration (on my part very frustrating), but I am sure the doctor was also frustrated with himself.  Unfortunately the second was no cure.  I believe by this time much scar tissue and other things went wrong.  So I am left with a very large battery pack (its not in me, I carried it around back and forth to my doctors office) the battery pack is needed to re-charge, if everything else is working correctly.
I highly recommend the trial before you make up your mind.  I do believe that the neurostimulators have much potential to work and to work very well for many people.  I did not have that experience, but onward I go.
I am trying to think if I was a golfer if having the stim would affect how you play, honestly since I know little about golf, I am speculating, but many others in this forum have had great results with stims, so I do think, and of course I am no doctor, that it may be a better option than fusion surgery.
I will say this, the healing time for the stim was not long at all and much less invasive than other surgeries since they dont go deep into muscle.  I asked my doctor, as I was pleasently surprised by the recovery time, and thats what he told me.  Even the second surgery that was supposed to correct the first was minimul recovery time.
So good luck to you, I am sure others will give you there good and maybe not so good opinions about the stim surgery, still as I said, much less invasive.
Take care, hope this helps some, make sure you are well informed about the neurostimulator surgery and how it might best benefit you.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 9/23/2011 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Crazy4golf and welcome to Healing well. I am sorry I can't offer up any info for your situation as back pain is not one of the things I suffer from, nor do I play golf. Unless you count

I know that alot of others will be on to offer more info, but I did want to welcome you to the family. This is a great place with wonderful members and excellent Mods! I hope you keep coming back...take care.
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   Posted 9/23/2011 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Crazy4golf. Our members here are very caring and supportive.

I don't play golf and I haven't had surgery or the stimulator, but I can sympathize with your pain. I'm sure more members will come by and give you their experience.

Take care.

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   Posted Yesterday 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
             Hello 4golf!
          Welcome to the Chronic Pain Forum!
       Well, I have a few questions first! What back surgery's have you had, and are you on any pain meds', and if so what are they? Have you had an Epidural injection yet?....and PT?
      Surgery should be a very last resort, and I see that you want to avoid it if possible. As far as the Stimulator,...I believe I would ask your Dr about what activitie's you might be able to do once you are healed. Of course, ...Golfing takes quite a bit of twisting at the hips and or back, and I'm thinking you may not be able to do that anymore.
      I have known members that swim though, so it might be a possibility that you could very well golf again. Again,... the surgeon will know, and advise you on this.
       Have you considered Cymbalta? It is a depression med that has been approved for lower back pain. I was recently started on it, and the results are good at this time. Are you seeing a Pain Management Dr? If not I would highly suggest it.
       Again, Welcome and enjoy the forum! wink
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   Posted Yesterday 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Golf, and welcome :)

I think this would be something you'd have to discuss very carefully with your doctor. Even after the initial healing period, repetitive and excessive movement of the lead can cause migration or even lead breakage, so I'd imagine it would depend on things like where they would locate the battery, exactly where your pain is, how much 'slack' can be put in the lead, that sort of thing.

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