Hi Starsunshine and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. Your friend is lucky to have you as a friend. I am sorry to hear that your friend is suffering so, nerve pain is one of the very worst types of pain to have because most narcotic pain medications have little affect on it. There are some medications out there such as Cymbalta, Neurotin and Lyrica that many drs try the patient on that have nerve pain. It is one of those things medications may work for one person but the next so there is no guarantee they will work.
I am not sure what you mean by her injuries & pain do not seem consistent with the accident, however, if the neurologist thinks this may be an avenue to try I am sure the dr would not make such a decision blindly. Also your friend would undergo a trial for the SCS unit before it would be permanently implanted. Depending on the outcome of the trial, that will be the deciding factor on whether this person is a good candidate or not.
By chance do you also have chronic pain? It is very difficult for most people to understand what it is like to live with such horrible pain. In some cases yes it can rob a person of nearly their life. Its not something I would wish on anyone. It would be great if the SCS unit works for your friend and helps reduce his/her pain level.
I suggest that you use our search feature here at the forum and you will also be access quite abit of info and not have to wait for someone to come along and post that has a unit. The search is located at the top on the right. Type in SCS unit and you will have some reading to do as these units have been discussed here before, several times.
Please let us know if your friend has the trial and how it goes. Take care.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 11/15/2011 12:35:20 PM (GMT-7)