Charles, thank you for your kind words, I know how you feel about things that have suddenley gone out of your control.
As to the medtronic neurostim, I have one already, unfortunatley it is just sitting there doing nothing and will never be able to do anything. In May of 2009 I had it installed, after a month of trying to charge it, it was found to be installed to deep (my doctor is human after all). So I had a second surgery in July, but sadly the scar tissue made it impossible to charge the stim, so I now have a useless stim, with leads going down both my legs, and the other side of my back do nothing.
I had allowed the medtronics salesman to convince me to get this unit instead of the pump, which is what I wanted to begin with, but he kept telling me "you will have to keep getting increases in your meds every so often", well no ..it, I will have to have my meds increased no matter how they are given to me. My bad, I should have stuck to my original first thought, which was the pump. So I will have no more surgery unless I decide to have this useless thing removed from my back.
In the mean time, I am blessed, I have a great pm doctor, who gladly increases my meds when we both feel the need to, as in now, when winter in coming upon us. And I am also blessed, for the time being, my pain is at least most times at a level that is tolerable. When its not, I stay in bed. I was also blessed 12 years ago, when after being turned down twice by SSI, I found a lawyer who only did SS cases, in no time I was awarded everything from the first time I had applied, he signed me up for medicare, and sent me back two thousand dollars the SS had overpaid him. I also recieved a check for my youngest daughter until she turned 18.
So, I have been blessed in many ways since this nightmare of cp started. I will pray that things go well with you and I am so glad you chose the pump. I wish I had. But so be it.
Good luck to you and take care, I will be thinking of you and praying for the very best for 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