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Spinal Cord Stimulator loss of Effectiveness

Started by athiker on 07/06/2019 9:30am

I have had multiple back surgeries that has resulted in fusing C3 through T2, L3 through S1, and the fusing of both my SI joints. Approximately 3 years ago I was having chronic back and leg pain. Multiple doctors told me that there were no more surgical solutions, and I did not respond to multiple steroid spine injections. The shots worked for 24 to 48 hours but when the anesthetic wore off the severe pain returned. As a result my pain management doctor recommended that I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted. The trial was successful and a Boston Scientific Wavewriter SCS was implanted 2 years ago. The first 4 to 6 months was amazing in that the SCS resolved about 95% of my pain. I then went through a period where the effectiveness of the SCS was greatly diminished. It took Boston Scientific several months to reprogrammed the SCS. They found that the no feel Contour Program helped but it never got back to my initial positive results. At this point the SCS was 75% effective as compared to my original 95%. My doctors then recommended that I use Medical Marijuana to supplement my SCS. This was great until 3 months ago where my pain returned. Boston Scientific has confirmed my SCS is not broken and have tried reprogramming it twice. I have had a CT myelogram that does not show any new damage. X-rays confirm that the SCS leads are still connected and are in the proper location. I turned off my SCS 3 days ago with no increase in pain. As such, it appears that the effectiveness of my SCS has greatly diminished. Are there any suggestions?

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