So Sorry to hear of your situation. I also had surgery (disectomy & laminectomy L4-L5,S1) back in 1996. I have been diagnosed with Deg Disc Disease, Sciatica, Arachnoiditis, and Failed Back Fusion. I continued to work as a carpenter after my surgery with my doctors approval. However, my pain continued to worsen over the years and I also tried everything from the 10's unit, injections, accupuncture, water therapy, physical therapy and LOTS of drugs. NOTHING HELPED! I finally agreed to the SCS and after the trial, I actually got the implant 10/26 of this year. I'm still healing from the surgery but I really do think it was the best option. I have the Medtronics Unit with a 9 year battery with my particular unit. Right now, my pain from the surgery is actually worse than my back pain. That's OK as I know that will heal in time. Knowing that the surgical pain will gradually get better, I can tolerate it. I could not any longer tolerate the back pain! My Medtronics Rep is FANTASTIC. I also have her cell phone to call day or night. She called me everyday during the trial period and I was so thankful as I did have some problems with it. Please note however, I feel it was the Doctor that caused the problem-NOT the trial unit. I went to a different doctor for the actual implant and sailed through without problems. Trust me - my injury occurred in 1983-no surgery until 1996-and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this SCS. I have a very high tolerence of pain (at times it was so bad that I passed out) but I CAN NOT-NOR DO I WANT TO-Tolerate all these medications. I desperately want to get off those or at the very least, decrease the amount I have had to take for the pain. I also hope to get rid of the necessity of a cane.
BEST OF LUCK to you in whatever decision you make. If you are on the fence so to speak regarding the SCS, please know that I was VERY THANKFUL for the trial and hopefully will be as pleased with the actual implant itself.
Please keep us all informed on how everything turns out for you. We will be watching for up-dates. Bob HView Thread