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Spinal cord stimulator

Started by Unfourgiven on 08/31/2017 3:36pm

Does anyone know what percentage of people with scs still need pain meds. I've been dealing with back and leg pain for 13 years I've had 6 spinal surgeries had injections every 2 months for 12 years I had a new type of stimulator installed that works on frequency and not electrical impulses works well for the nerve pain in my legs but doesn't touch the lower back pain should I stay on pain meds

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Hello, and thank you for your post! This is an excellent question about spinal cord stimulation. We have a resource we think you'll be interested in: ( Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQs ).

In particular, this portion from that article may help answer your question:

Q: Can I continue to take certain over-the-counter and/or prescription medications with a spinal cord stimulator?
Dr. Wetzel: Absolutely. Many patients with spinal cord stimulators will require occasional medicines, particularly pain medications. For example, if SCS relieves approximately 80% of your pain on a regular basis, but you have a bit of breakthrough pain after a particularly active day, you may need to take pain medication. The need for pain medication after SCS implantation is based on the duration and severity of chronic pain and how much pain relief you experience with SCS.

We're happy to hear that your nerve pain in legs is being controlled by spinal cord stimulation, but it looks like it's not abnormal to have to supplement with medication. Of course, if you're unsure about how much medication you should safely take to manage your pain, discuss your pain management with your doctor. We hope this information helps!