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SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR

Started by Pam6622 on 02/16/2010 4:33pm

Hi:

I wondered if any one had had an SCS implanted? I have severe pain due to a spinal cord tumor in my spine that was discovered in 1988. I get the needles pins, numbness and burning sensations in my buttocks, lower back, legs and feet.

I am awaiting insurance approval to get the trial SCS. I just wondered if anyone out there (I have read a couple of postings about them) had an SCS implanted.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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I've had a spinal cord stimulator implant since 1996 and it's been extremely helpful. At least as far as I'm concerned, it's been well worth it and I'd have difficulty functioning without it. It doesn't block all my pain, but it's helped enough to keep me going.

They've made many improvements in the stim, which you'll be able to enjoy if your insurance company approves the process. One of the best is the rechargeable battery. Before they introduced it, I had to have surgery every 14 months to replace the battery. Now I just recharge it every 3 weeks or so.

My stim is set to run 24/7. I've experimented with having it run during the day and shutting off while I'm sleeping and running on for several minutes and off for one minute, but for me the 24/7 works the best. This has probably been explained to you, and everyone is different, but for me the stim gives me the tingling sensation you have when your arm or leg falls asleep, without the loss of control of the limb. This tingling helps to override the pain signals being sent to my brain. Consequently, I require less pain medication then I did before the stim implant. You do have to be very careful following the surgery to implant the stim so as not to jar the lead out of place, but a little planning before hand will help you through this period.

I assume that you'd go through a stim trial before committing to the implant, which will give you a chance to see how the stim will feel when it's operating. I've been told that some people don't like the sensation it creates, but to me it's sheer bliss. I'd say if your insurance approves it, try it out - what have you got to lose except some pain?

Good luck and let us know what happens.

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Well, after seeing a neurosurgeon instead of the pain doc, he recommended the pain pump for me. Because of my spine, he doesn't think they can get a lead in there. So, I'm now going for a pain pump trial on 4/26. Wish me luck!

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