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.