implanted in my back. I have a seriously bad lower back from about T11 down. I was talking to a specialist (RN) in this area who helps doctors place the implants in, and asked her all sorts of questions. The idea of at least lowering my pain meds, if not getting off of them is extremely enticing, not to say that maybe I can do more things in my life?? Has anyone here had an implant in their backs?? How does it help? Does it give you your life back? BTW, one important note... I have fibro really bad too, so I really don't want to go through MORE surgery if the other parts of my body hurt really bad. Before my back got really bad, I was living with chronic migraines that NEVER quit. Am I looking back to a life of chronic migraines, or is this a great idea, and I will be able to exercise more and do more social functions with my family. I would appreciate hearing from people who have the stimulators and what they think of them. Thanks for your time.
I was going to send you a PM today, but since you asked this Q I will let you know about my experience with Cymbalta, have you tried it? It is actually HELPING MY PAIN!!! I know I didn't answer your Q, but I wanted you to know about this med so badly!! I am almost in shock over how much this med helps, please give it a try if you have not already gurl,
Hey msfino, my new pain doctor is talking to me too about the spinal cord stimulater. He seems to think it would help me. I was told back in 1994 when it first came out by 2 neurosurgeons that they didn't think it would help me, but I'm at the point anything is worth a try. They do a trial first for 2 days to see if a permanent implant would help you. If the temporary one helps, then they implant it in your spine. Sounds scary, but my doctor said he only has a really good neurosurgeon do the implant. Let me know what you decide. They should give you a CD to watch telling you all about it. Suppose to really help low back & siactica pain...
I have a neurostimulator in my spine. I had the implant done back in 2009 for pain in my foot. The stimulator can be positioned to control pain in different parts of the body. I had good success with it. It doesn't kill the pain but it does mask it very well. Kind of like a TENS unit but implanted. Have you ever tried a TENS unit?
I have had several surgeries on my foot since I had the neurostimulator implanted and rarely use it now. But it is there if I need it for pain control. I don't have to take pain meds anymore. You may find that you will still have to take low doses of pain medication even after the implant. Again, it doesn't kill the pain just interrupts the signal getting to the brain so it is more like masking the pain.
It will not help the fibro, so I recommend you still persue treatment for that such as taking Cymbalta as sweetlemon suggested. As far as the migraines, are you taking anything for them? Are they under control with pain medicine or what? If you find that you are taking narcotic pain medicine for the fibro and migraines regardless of the back pain, then you will still have to address what you are going to do about them if your goal is to be off narcotic pain meds.
The neurostimulator may well improve your quality of life. You can google "Medtronic neurostimulator" and read about the procedure and such. There is a trail period, mine was just a few days, where the doctor implants the wires in the spine without implanting the device. You can see how the system works for your pain before you decide to have the actual device implanted. The spine must heal for several months from the trial before the actual procedure can be performed. It is a rather involved process but worth it if it brings you relief.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I'll be happy to try and help anyway I can.
I am having a trial next month for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) to help with the nerve pain in my legs. Try going to raceagainstpain.com - this is Boston's website for their SCS but people from all three companies post here on their message forums. there is a wealth of information in these forums! Try especially the one about "experience with treatments" and just start reading, or ask your own question and others will answer you. The really good thing about these stimulators is that you get to try them out before having the final decision. They put the leads into your spine and connect it to an external unit for about a week and you try it out. You won't get all the different options like you would with a permanent stimulator, but you will be able to tell if it will help you.
If it does, then you meet with a neurosurgeon and arrange to have it implanted - this way you KNOW it will help you. There are people on the raceagainstpain.com website that are back for their 3rd or 4th surgery - where they've had problems and their leads migrated - and they can't wait to get the stimulator installed again! That really said it for me - the few percentage of people who have problems, and they aren't giving up - they can't wait to have it again, It makes that much difference. I say give it a try - it can't hurt, and it really could help. If you want, I'll let you know how my trial goes. Best wishes - EJ
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