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   Posted 12/5/2011 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I just joined the forum and wanted to say hello. Also, I have some questions about the BS SCS system.

On 11/09 I had C3-C5 fused. I was experiencing pain / weakness in my rt. neck, shoulder, and arm. After the surgery I seemed to be getting better, but the relieve only lasted about 3 months.

On 4/11 I had C2-C3 fused because of bone spurring / disc problems. I didn't get any relief from my rt. side pain.

Recently I had a myelogram that indicated a pinched nerve at C6-7. PM doc decided to try steroid treatment. The first shot provided immediate relief that only lasted about 5 days. I had a second shot and the relief came on slowly but lasted 2 weeks. During that time, my pain level was greatly reduced from a 5/6 to a 2. Went to see the doc today and he scheduled a third shot for next week. Hopefully it will last longer.

The PM doc suggested that I consider getting the SCS to control my pain. Most info I look at is for back pain. I have neck problems with pain in the neck, shoulder and arm. Does anyone have any experience with the SCS that has the same problems I'm experiencing? If so, what kind of relief did you get? I tried a TENS unit several years ago for an unrelated injury and did not like it at all.

Any info / experience you can provide would be appreciated.



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   Posted 12/6/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Weather and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am with you, most of the SCS units I have seen are being used for the lumbar spine. We did have one lady that had the SCS unit implanted for cervical problems but I will tell you, she had a very difficult time finding a dr willing to implant the unit for cervical spine problems as all drs told her it was too dangerous to implant for cervical problems. She finally found a dr willing to do it and as it turned out her surgery was not a success. She said she felt like sen had suffered far too long & was willing to accept the risks involved especially if she got relief, which she did not.

I have a pain pump and I am not sold on the SCS unit for pain control. That is my opinion and mine only. They do not take your pain away they simply create another sensation that is suppose to override the pain, not something I am interested in. Most of us are interested in reducing our pain as much as possible not hide it behind something else. You can use our search feature here at the forum and read about the unit here by various members. I have just not seen enough success stories to ever say sure they are a good tool to help control pain. They say when a trial is done you should ahve a 50% reduction in your pain, if you do the trial do not accept anything less than 50%, that is if your dr can find a neurosurgeon willing to implant one. No one but a neurosurgeon should implant these since you are dealing with the nerves in my opinion. Boy, I seem to have a lot them today, lol. I just try to be honest.

Please keep us posted on whatever you decide. Take care.
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