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Second Spinal Cord Stimulator

Started by tandsneal on 08/26/2017 5:15pm

This is my husband's second spinal cord stimulator and this is worst than the first. He can now barely walk up and down the stairs and he is in constant pain wherein he can't work and still fighting with disability. He is in the bed all the time now because and having now having heart pain. He just got out the hospital because he was having a hard time breathing. Not a fan of his pain management doctor. Can someone please help me and tell me what he should do next. He can't stay in this pain any longer. This has been going on for about 8 years now. He just had a revision in April 2017 and as I stated it is 10 times worst. The pain medicine is not working. He is also on pain patches and that's not working. Please help!! Any advice will help!

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Hi, tandsneal--thank you for taking the time to post. We are incredibly sorry to read about what you and your husband have been through.

Have you been in close contact with your husband's pain management doctor and the doctor who implanted the spinal cord stimulator, explaining that the increasing levels of pain have hindered his ability to engage in daily life? Are your doctors seemingly not taking you seriously or adjusting treatment as a result of your husband's pain?

If so, we recommend seeking a second opinion from a different spine specialist. We have an article about that to help explain more about why you might want a second perspective ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right ). You can also check out our find a doctor tool to find qualified spine specialists near you: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

When it feels like you've hit a wall, or that your doctors aren't listening to you or taking your husband's pain seriously, sometimes a second opinion will help validate the current treatment regimen or offer a new solution.

We hope this information helps, and wish you and your husband the best of luck toward finding a treatment that restores his (and your) quality of life.