If I make it thru w/d, set up for the spinal surgery simulater trial on aug 31?any chatter on how well it works and/or the risks? Im a single mom of a large family,lots of back pain, and took my last pill this morn'n. cud i move the surgery date up (depends on scheduling) safely in order to relieve the actual real pain?
I've never heard of a doctor making you stop taking your pain medication prior to surgery unless its a med that causes your blood to be too thin for risk of loosing too much blood. I've had 3 back surgery's and i've always been allowed to take my pain meds the morning of my surgery's. I too am scheduled to try out the spinal stimulator, but my PM doc never told me I had to stop my pain meds and certainley would have never allowed me to go through w/d's. My PM doc has told me that during the trial it is completely up to me if I want to remain with the stimulator or not, however he stresses that it must work 100% in reducing or eliminating my pain, otherwise they will not allow it to be perminantly implanted. We have not set a date yet, as I am scheduled to have a 4th back surgery to have my hardware removed, so we are not looking to do the trial for at least a year.
But in his own words, he said and I quote "the stimulator must work 100% for your pain and if not or you find it is uncomfortable, then it will be removed".
Best of luck to you, I will be looking for an update to see how it goes for you.
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