Posted 3/19/2017 5:51 PM (GMT -6)
I have a Boston Scientific Scs which has been implanted since 2006. I had mine put in for chronic sciatic nerve pain from scar tissue which formed around the sciatic nerve. I have suffered from chronic back and leg pain for over 25 years due to a botched epidural whilst in labour. I have found the scs a godsend for the nerve pain but I am really sorry to say that it did nothing for my back pain. They even reprogrammed it several times to try and get more coverage with the leads but it didn't make any difference. My pain specialist told me that most of the patients who do well with the scs are nerve pain sufferers as it is so hard to get a good result for back pain. He has been so supportive trying to find solutions for me. I also had several boston reps when I had my implant. They are very nice to work with. My scs is rechargeable and the battery inside should last about 25 years if I am lucky and I am a very heavy user.
I have recently, after reaching the end of the road with my agonising, constant back pain as I have tried everything from fusion to drugs to scs, rf ablation and finally I have had an amazing result - from a Medtronics s2 interthecal targeted drug delivery pump, a morphine pump. Please read my new post ' new pump, new lifeline' for more information about this device. But basically, the medications is directed directly to the area of pain in the back. Because it is going to this specific area there are several major advantages.. 1st because it is going there directly you only need about 1 hundredth of the dose you take orally. 2nd you don't have the opioids having to be broken down by the liver so you not only don't risk continuing to damage your liver, it doesn't affect digestion, the brain etc, so no more constipation issues and mental fogginess problems.
The pump is not without any negatives but for me as I haven't been able to sit down and stand for longer than I can remember, it has given me a chance of getting on with my life again and I am only 49 so hopefully I have a fair few decades to live a much better quality of life.
Please feel free to message me if you would like to know any other information about the scs or anything else. I am more than happy to help you if I can.
I am in the UK but I'mpretty sure procedures are similar.
I wish you all the best