I had a Boston Scientific stimulator inserted in my back last June. It helped decrease my back pain for 2 months. Unbeknown to us, the leads moved and thus wasn't providing any relief. I am being given the option for them to go back in and move their lead and put in a new one to get coverage for my lower back. It would be great to hear a sucess story! Also, this might give someone the idea of talking to their doctor about having a stimulator inserted to help decrease their pain.
They talked to me about getting one, but the neurosugeons & physchiatrists did not fee as tho it would help all my pain problems. We do have a member that had one put in on Jan. 6th. Her name is ElizaJane, or ElizaJane23. Just type her name into the friends blank & friend her & she can answer sme questions for you. Good luck... Mary
It is great to hear that it helped decrease the pain for 2 months! My pain management doctor wants me to have this put in, actually the same brand that you have mentioned. I am very skeptical to have another surgery, I had back surgery and ended up with a horrible infection so I am very leary of that. Also, I didn't really care for the stimulator all that much. I think the constant feeling of the stimulator just made me crazy and it also made my legs feel very weak to the point of when I stood up from laying down I actually fell over. I went to the surgeon to have the inital appointment to have it put in and he wouldn't put the stimulator in. So, I am now back at the pain management doctor to see if he really wants it in... it's a big decision, so it is good to hear a person have a partial success story. Sounds like you have another decision to make as well...
good luck to you!
I do have a question if you don't mind answering it... what decrease in pain meds did you have if any?
I know this is 3 years too late, but maybe someone else will benefit from it. I had one put in about 5 years ago. It never seemed to work as good as it did during my trial. (My trial lasted about 5 days and was a able to reduce my pain substantially.) I complained for years saying something wasn't right because I wasn't getting the relief I expected. Everyone thought I was over reacting. I finally found a pain clinic that thought I could benefit from a newer implant from Boston scientific. They kept my leads and just replaced the battery. After the surgery the surgeon (not my original surgeon) Told me my one of my leads was not even connected to the battery! This new stimulator is wonderful. It doesn't take away all my pain, but it helps tremendously!
From all the data I've read about implanted back neurostimulators, the success rate is in the 60% to 70% range. And that success range includes only partial relief of pain too. In my case, I was out of options, so I decided to take the plunge and have one installed. We did a trial install for 4 days where the controller was attached to the wires in my spine but it wasn't surgically buried under my skin. That seemed to go very well so the decision was made to complete the operation and imbed the controller in my belly. Things were still good more than a day later so I was discharged. Unfortunately shortly after I got home, the pain began to come back, and it came back very quickly. The technician for Medtronic, the brand my surgeon chose, worked with me re-programming, fine tuning, etc. for a few months, but the implant could never be adjusted to equal the relief I experienced in the hospital.
So I did some more studying and found a few patient articles stating that these gizmos (applies to all manufacturers, not just Medtronic) tend to either work reasonably well or they don't work at all. Incidentally, my wiring was scanned to see if anything had moved and it hadn't. So if your Boston Scientific device worked for two months or so and only quit because some leads moved, if I were you, I'd have the repair/replacement made to make it functional again. Most all of these devices work similarly so you likely wouldn't gain anything by switching brands and having a complete re-do, but you have a very good chance of regaining your previous pain relief if you let them repair the one you already have. Good luck.
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