Shoulder Pain and Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/1/2012 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I have just joined the forum and was looking for people like myself. I am not a DIY man - but on 21 October 2000 - the day is indelibly set in my memory - I fell off a ladder in the garden and smashed my shoulder - humerus, scapula, acromion to bits - plus whatever damage it did to muscles and nerves. No doubt due to the tension my scalene muscle collapsed too giving me two problems in the shoulder/neck area.

Movement is limited but OK. But the pain - made worse when I lift anything above 5lb. I've dried all sorts of medication - now on Tramadol, Duloxatine and boosted with Tylex when needed.

I have had blocks, physio and a number of alternative therapies. I also went on a pain management course run by a hospital in London.

My specialist is recommending SCS -but I have had mixed reviews. Most reviews seem to be for back pain which mercifully I don't suffer from. So does anybody know of anybody who has had SCS for chronic shoulder pain and what were the results?

Best wishes
Daniel UK

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   Posted 3/1/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but sorry you have to be here. Wow, that sounds like some accident you had resulting in a lot left over pain to deal with. I did not recognize a couple of your medications and decided that you are not in the states, lol.

I can certainly understand your concerns about the SCS unit in the area they are trying for pain relief. The units are primarily implanted here for back pain. There has been maybe two people that have been here that had the units implanted for neck pain. The most recent one that had one implanted had just about given up finding a dr that was willing to implant one so high up in the spine because it is considered a high risk & dangerous surgery. She finally found a dr willing to do the surgery only for it to not be successful. The first one that I remember did not have good results either. Personally, if this were me as the patient I would not have the implant for these reasons. I understand wanting relief from the pain, that is what all of us want.

I do hope you will come back and be an active member and keep us updated on how you are doing. Take care.
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