Hi, I have not been a regular here on these boards in several years but I saw your post and wanted to reply. I have a SCS and have had it now for about 3 years. I keep it on constantly, it does not take away all of my pain, I can not say that it even takes away 50%, however, it does a good job on the nerve damage pain that I have and the Sciatica pain as well.
I have good coverage for the most part but on the worst leg for me, this is due to scar tissue I have from my failed back surgery 10 years ago.
When you have your discussion with your doctor they will give you pamplets my doctor also included a DVD and this helped, talking with others on another site helped as well. The trial is pretty easy mine lasted for 3 days. I had great results, the only change has been when the implanted the device they had trouble with scar tissue and had to move when the leads needed to be placed.
I have the rechargeable SCS and charge about 2 times a week for 1 hour at a time. the SCS comes with a belt that you can wear while you charge and are able to move about, good luck and I hope it really helps you a lot.
I have a stimulator and it has seriously helped me with the nerve pain, and some of the other pain as well, but it really helps with the Sciatica more than anything for me. I do know of others that get great relief from it and no longer take pain meds. For me though I still have pain meds as well as muscle relaxers and a pain patch as well. I only got one trial period but could have had another had I asked for one. Hope this has helped some.
Hi all it has been awhile since I was last here, I am also known as BaileyNC. There has been a lot going on in my life and honestly more bad days than good lately. For those who don't know me my name is Kathy, I live in NC, I have multiple health problems many of them are pain related.
I have Spinal Stenosis, Post Op Severe Back Failure, 13 herniated discs, Diabeties, Fibromyalgia, CFIDS, OA, RA, COPD, severe nerve damage due to the failed surgery and diabeties. I suffer severely for Sciatica and there are days I can barely move my legs at all.
I take a ton of meds, Fentynal, Loratab, Zanaflex, Celebrex, Metformin, Glipizide, Lisenipril, Celexa, breathing treatments and Chantix. I also have a Spinal Cord Stimulator.
I hope to meet others here that understand what I go through, and be able to share some of my experiences along the way. I have been seeing the same PCP and PM doctors for the last 8 years, they are great doctors and really there for me. Before I found these great doctors I was trampled by some of the worst excuses for medical professionals I have ever seen. I hate the doctors that say It is all in your head! they need to have their licenses taken from them for being so heartless and dumb.
Glad to be back and look forward to getting to know every one!
I understand what you are going through all too well. It is like reading a page out of my own book actually. Can you contact your old PM doctor and see if you can get a referal to one in your new area, or maybe even from your old PCP. This would be my first steps.
I am glad to know that you have still been able to work, I know this takes a toll on you but for mental health issues sometimes it helps more that we know to keep working even if it has to be modified to help us work through the day.
Contact your local hospital there and see if they can help you find resources in your new area for doctors and Pain Management doctors as well. It won't be easy getting re-established again but it is worth it once they get to know you and have your records from the other doctors.
I wish you nothing but the best and know you are not alone, we are all here for you. BlessingsView Thread