I am scheduled to have a trial for Neurostimulation Therapy to help me with my severe back pain. My doctor is very confident that this will help but I'm worried. It also seems that there is a lot of positive results, but are there any negatives I should know about? I have had 2 back surgeries, had the shots and therapy and it seems to get worse. My concern is the numbness. Will this help? I can't sleep at night because my arms and legs constantly get numbness and tingling, as well as pain. I am very limited in my activities and I have constant falls due to the weakness and numbing of my legs. I was also told it will limit some of my activities. I exercise in water because it gives me some relief. Will I be able to still do this? The other alternative would be another surgery, which I am trying to avoid. I have a lot of scar tissue pressing on my spinal cord, which is not helping. Can someone please help me with some advise? I will really appreciate it. Thank you.
I had a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) implanted 19 months ago. I get about 25% relief, which I am incredibly thankful for. Usually the results are much better, but I couldn't have a trial due to all the arthritis in my back. If I could have had a trial they wouldn't have implanted it, as I wasn't getting over 50% pain relief. I am so grateful for not getting a trial - I now get 25%. Yay! The numbness is still there, and it still bothers me some. The burning is about gone, as well as the zaps from my toes trying to balance me when walking. A very welcome change! I haven't fallen in the 19 months that I've had it - that's HUGE! I exercise in the pool - that's no problem as everything is under the skin. You have some limitations for 3 months post op only. Then you can do anything. SCS will only work for 1/2 of your body - you will need two separate systems to get relief in both upper and lower body, unless there is something new I don't know about. Check out racingagainstpain.com - I think you look under Experience with Treatments to see questions about SCS. There is another support group http:// neurotalk.psychcentral.com/ forum118.html. Take out the spaces to get the link. If these are removed just ask me a private question and I'll send them to you. You can't go wrong having the trial - you just might get your life back. Many people have. The surgery isn't too bad - they cut through about 3" of muscle to insert the leads. You know for your surgeries anytime they cut through muscle it takes a long time to repair. The battery/generator in your hip is easy- it sits above the muscle. I only charge mine for about 3 hours every 3-4 weeks. I hope it helps you! EJ23
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