I got my SJM electronic nerve stimulator in Oct. of 2011. The temporary one was great after a little tweaking. The permanent version is a bust. My pain is at L-3 and L-4. The stimulator--no matter which program I try starts about 2 inches too low and reaches as far as my toes.
It is so disappointing after getting 2 solid days pain free during the trial--my first in 41 years. The SJM rep suggests moving the leads, but no surgeon will do it. They will remove it, thought, and I think that will be my path.
Be sure this is what you want and need before you jump in. It is great if it works. If it doesn't, you're stuck with hardware inside you that (1) you will be aware of/feel and (2) will have to be removed should you ever need an MRI.
I just looked on here from the fibromyalgia support board. I have to add my 2 cents here.
My husband was switched from oxycontin to methadone and couldn't stay awake. He fell asleep in a restaurant during lunch. It was unsafe for him to drive.
We have both been switched from oxycontin to fentanyl patches and back. It's a way to keep the same level of pain control without having to increase dosage as your body gets used to a med and needs more to get the same relief.
So far, we've had no trouble getting any meds at Walgreens. But we all know that things can change.
As to changing from med to med, we are all different. Some people cannot use aspirin; others get sick on Tylenol. The only way to see if your body will tolerate a dose is to try it. So that's what our doctors have us do.