Have had my Stimulator since December 2011 and it has made a very big difference in my life. The pain is still there but it is no where as painful or intense. It's bearable now. There are even days that I don't have to "turn" myself on. I have 13 setting but typically use one of two settings unless I'm having a bad day or week. Then I'm usually off work, laying down on heat and have shut it off completely. There are restrictions, such as not being able to run with it on or doing other forms of exercise as it is too intense. I also cannot swim on my back if it is on. So I typically turn it off before I go to the gym. I don't take any pain medications or try not to.View Thread
I didn't have a trial but went straight to the neurostim. My pain was so intense my Orthopedic Surgeon felt it best to do the surgery. This surgery gave me my life back. Yes, I still have pain primarily in my foot and leg but it is manageable with the stim. I am also on Topomax for my migraines which helps for the back. I reduced my Topomax from 150 to 100. This is something that ought to be considered for pain.View Thread
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