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pump or spine stimulator ?

Started by arlie on 12/06/2011 11:46am

anyone talked into having either the pump or spine stimulator inserted , STILL having to take the
painkiller *tabs on a daily basis as well ? its a very good question to ask the pain management
specialist who is promoting it . ask everything you can think of before the proceedure , not after .

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Hi. Are you talking about a bone growth stimulator? That is what I have been using since Oct. From my understanding,it really doen't help with the pain,it is just to stimulate bone growth. Mine is external,and I wear it 24/7.

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I have a spine stimulator that I am to wear for two hours a day to help with bone growth after I had scoliosis surgery. I cannot wear it as it leaves me numb although the doctor said it shouldn't. I also suffer from numbness in my buttock. I think my insurance company wasted $4,000 for nothing regardless of what the so called research shows. We are all not alike.

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I had a spinal stimulator implanted for a 10 day temporary basis. It did not resolve pain in my sacral lower back and I was told it would not. I have now had fusion surgery which I am recovering from and continue to have peripheral nerve issues in legs and heels, calf cramps and bi-lateral sciatica. It is much better than before the fusion surgery. The sacral pain is gone and the lower back pain is much less. I believe a lot of this pain is the result of 3 1/2 years plus of inactivity due to 3 back surgeries and a heart surgery. My experience with the stimulator wasn't a great one. It is really a strange sensation. Additionally, I had the living hexx shocked out of me continuously by an error of the company rep who had the dial set to 10 rather than 0 when I came to in the recovery room after implant. On a temporary basis it is difficult as I'd move my body different positions, attempting to twist, lay back, or make other physical changes the power would increase as more pressure was applied to my spine. My pain management m.d. wants me to try this again after rehab assuming the pain is still ongoing. If it is, I may try it as a last ditch effort on top of Lyrica to stop the nerve pain. Hard decision. It also caused my blood pressure to drop drastically to where I was off balance falling into walls, requiring help to stand up straight. Once the leads were pulled out, my bp went back to normal.

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Are we all living someones experimental (hell) due to a money making idea??? I have not heard anything successful about these bone growth stimulators? Mine cost Insurance $3,101.67.I have to pay $ 775.42 out of my pocket for nothing!!!????

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Is it possible for the pump you are talking about the intrathecal pain pump that is implanted for back pain? I have both a spinal cord stimulator for neck pain implanted, and the intrathecal pain pump implanted for failed lower back syndrome. I had lots of issues and weird things happen with the pump, but after everything was worked out, it helps me a great deal. One thing my pain management doc has always told me is that there is very rarely ever a chance to completely get rid of 100% of the pain, but even 50% is better than nothing! I know what aggravates my back, & try to avoid things, but I still have to take break-thru pain meds every once in awhile; not a big deal. Plus, with the pain pump, the dosing is way low in comparison to oral meds. Since it's a 24-hr pain reliever, which the Dr programs for your pain relief, it's amazing how little the dosages are. There is so much more about this, and if I have the wrong pump info, sorry. Your pain management doc should be able to give you literature about the pump and I think it even comes with a DVD. I hope I've been able to help you with my comments....I am not a medical professional, just a pain patient speaking about my experiences. Best of luck to you in your searchings for pain relief!!!!

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I think it is also important to note that the pain specialist promoter is getting an approximate 25-30% cut on a $40,000 plus device. Thats a good $10-12,000 just to get the device in you. That doesn't count the numerous outpatient resets to adjust the location and settings for multiple body locations covered by the spinal cord. Those leads are thin around 1 1/2 inches long and have a rap around barber pole like curve from top to bottom where they contact the spinal cord. Their placement is an educated guess. To get it right before they scar tissue into the back of the spinal cord is a big deal. The motives of the pain specialist need to be considered. I'm not saying that every pain specialist is in bed with the maker of the device..spinal stimulator..but some may have that sticking in the back of their minds.

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Well,I obviously do not have the implantable stimulator,mine is external and is called a "bone growth stimulator" So guess I am out of this discussion!

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Debra. I am suppose to use a bone growth stimulator so you are not out of the loop here. My insurance company paid $4,000 for it and I could not use it as it would make my back numb. My doctor said that was not possible but the rep I talked to told me to split the two hour daily sessions to one hour twice a day but it was still getting numb so I stopped using it. What a waste of money. I am 6 months post surgery for scoliosis. I still have numbness in my buttock area that gets worse as the day progresses. I do get relief by laying down. I also lay on my stomach for 15 minutes a day as well.

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Mary,Thanks for your support! Sorry to hear that your numbness made you stop using the BGS.But I am also questioning its worthyness. I did not start using the BGS until 1 year after my surgery,maybe it is too late??? I really don't know, will find out more in Feb when I have my next MRI. How strange is it that I have to ware mine 24/7,and you only 2 hours a day?.Must be different brands or something?? How are you doing now?

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