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Low Back Spinal Stimulators?

Low Back Spinal Stimulators?

My doctor feels I'm a good candidate for a spinal stimulator I've had numerous injections, meds... And pain levels still too much. I have chronic low back problems. Can someone who has one tell me how they do with theirs, what's surgery like, and how long recovery for final implant? I think I would feel better hearing about others experiences first. I greatly appreciate any advice

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I can't tell you about the final except how hard it's been for me to get there! I started down this path in early October and every time I get close something has come up to delay it! Have you had the trial one done? I had my trial one done in February (originally scheduled for the middle of November) and wore it for 5 days. During that time I had no sciatic lower back, hip or leg pain. The only thing actually inserted into your body with a trial one is the leads into your spinal area where they would give an epidural. The battery, etc are taped to the outside of your body. I have had several epidurals, taken Norco & Vicaden, different muscle relaxers, traction, and chiropractic care. Those are just the ones I can remember! Your Dr should give you a booklet explaining all about whatever type you're receiving! I just noticed how long ago you posted this and how many answers you have probably from more experienced Members thAn me! You may even have yours by now and I pray so!! Love, hugs and blessings, Charlotte Burton

posted about 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Good Luck...had mine implanted in 2006...they re- did it in early 2007...too close to skin...burned to charge and could Not regulate the "charge' AND i WOULD JERK LIKE A GIGGED fROG...HAVE NOT UsED SINCE THEN..but am now trying to get the 10 yr. battery removed...this new neurosurgeon says he can pull tje wiring out..but I was told by the neurosurgeon that placed it that it could NOT be removed due to how the had to deeply attach to spine! I am VERY nervous about this...anyone had the complete system removed?

posted over 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi Cynthia. I agree it is a big decision. I had to make the same type of decision with my ears years ago. I was deaf and now have two cochlear implants they have given me so much of life back and we're miracles. I went into it scared, knowing everyone gets different percentage of hearing and no promises. It was a dream for me always to hear. While the back is some different I have struggled with severe back problems for years trying things then defeated. I don't no any other way to hold on to hope to feel some better. These different back surgeries don't make decisions so easy when there so much mixed review. I belong to spinal cord stimulator group on Facebook and I have read some promising stories along with some not so good. I feel for me its just one more thing to try and if trial doesn't work then move from there. There are so many days I feel like giving up but when I spend countless days in pain and see life passing me by I need to keep faith somehow. I pray for you too. Do you also have severe pain did they give you other options? Have a blessed day!!

posted over 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi @A MyChronicPainTeam Member it seems wrong that an insurance company is dictating your treatment rather than a medic. I do hope that they sort out the correct treatment out for you shortly. Please God may you have a good day today. Love and hugs x

posted about 5 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Hi thank you for thinking of me. As by now we thought I would have gotten mine, our insurance company is not cooperating. My doctor said they will not budge and that they said they would cover a surgery but not the stimulator. My doctor feels this was my best choice. Its so wrong that insurance thinks they no better than my doctor or me and now I have to start an appeal. I will let you no when I no more. I no this is usually used as a last option after all has been tried. My doctor and surgeon didn't want me to have fusion surgery because most time you have to have more than one as the discs above and below fusion wear out faster. Doesn't hurt to ask your doctor what they think. It isn't an easy choice because I read so many mixed reviews on stimulator but just seems all back stuff is this way. I decided to take the chance because I've suffered enough especially on my worst days I realize I need to do something. That was so sweet of you to think of me I appreciate it. Keep in touch and hope your having less pain days!!

posted about 5 years ago
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