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   Posted 1/24/2012 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been told my pain is beyond regular treatment and my last and only hope for any kind of pain releaf is a neruostimulator I have heard bad things and good things about it. Would love to hear any pros and cons of it if anybody can help with info. I would love the help.I am up in the air as to what I am going to do.

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   Posted 1/24/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Gladys!

Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum! wink

I suppose my first question would be, what sort of Chronic Pain are you suffering from? The reason I ask, is because there is a Pain Pump that is also considered as a last resort. But it might depend on what is being treated. If you could give us a little more health history, and maybe tell us some of the med's, and the dosage's they have tried on you, the members, might be able to share some suggestions with you.

We are a support forum for CP, and the members will certainly welcome you here, and I'm sure you will enjoy them.

Again Welcome and Enjoy! We look forward to hearing back from you soon!

SE wink
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   Posted 1/24/2012 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
We do have many past postings on these, maybe go back and read thru those...
and do a google search on those and read up on which type your doctor is going with
and find out all the information you can get on those...and ask your doctor if it's what
he or she would do in your situation...ask for his honest opinion...and look into getting a
good counselor/ psychologists or psychraitrist as you'll need an consult with them
before getting a devise implanted...and it's also to insure you will have a better
recovery and that your overall a good candidate for this...and if after all that you
don't want this then just tell your doctor no, you've done your research on it and just
don't want it done, it's always your option...Hope you can get a low pain day soon,
well wishes...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 1/24/2012 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I guess the info. on my type of pain would have been a good thing lol
Long story short I have been fighting degenertive disc diease and spinal stenosis for 10 years now. I have nerve pain that is in my lower back where I have had my disc replaced atL4 L5 and titaum cages placed in also I have the nerve pain that goes down the back of my left leg 24-7 and my right leg on bad days (rain,snow change in weather)

I have been pain free off and on, but for tbe last 3 years nothing that had worked before has worked and have gotten from 2 doctors that the Metronics nerostimulator is the last option.

I have been on Tyenol 4 ,Flexeral 10 mg.,and Amiariptaline (sp) 25mg. Two at bed time just to allow me to sleep.I can not take anything stronger than the Tyenol because of bad reactions to stronger pain meds.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 1/25/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Bless You GladysJ.

I feel for you with this one. I also wish I had an answer for you, but I am facing something similiar. My difference is that I have decided agaist the SCS because I don't want to add anything else in my body that might go wrong :) I am sticking with the RFA (basically burning the nerves every six months). It's quite painful for me....for others....not so much. I think it depends on the Dr and how much pain relief they give you during the procedure.

I can't honestly recommend what you should or shouldn't do, but I've had many Drs recommend many things. Some think SCS is great...others not so much.

Some members have had great relief and others have had basically none from SCS.

I hope you find your answers and can have some pain relief. Today is an electric blanket on my back, lots of meds and rest until I have to take my daughter to the Dr this afternoon. I've been up since 3:00 AM because of uncontolled pain, so I do understand!

All my best!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....

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   Posted 1/25/2012 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gladys and welcome aboard to the chronic pain forum. You really are in a tough spot from the best I can tell. I am curious as to what kind of reaction you have had to pain medications that the drs have said no to anything except Tylenol #4. I would rally do my homework before considering a trial on the SCS unit. We have seen a lot of failures here at the forum, more failures that success stories. I personally think the drs put way too much faith in those units because of all of the negative hype over the use of narcotics for chronic pain. We see these drs all the time tell chronic pain patients, oh this unit will take care of your pain and you will not need to use any pain medication or it will dramatically decrease the pain. Well, that is just not completely true. And the dr will not give the patient pain medication even though the unit is not controlling their pain and they are suffering. Its just a way out for a lot of drs to stop writing scripts for pain medication. The unit does not get rid of your pain, it creates another sensation that is suppose to override the pain-so you are left with a sensation that you are suppose to learn to get use to.If those units really did the job I would be the first to say go for it but I have not seen that happen yet. I think they are probably going in the right direction with those units but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done with them.

I urge you to use our search feature here at the forum, located at the top right side and type in SCS units. You will find a good deal of information about them from our members. Please keep us posted on what you decide. Take care.
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