Healthcare system aside.....
I have been trying, for the last three weeks, an experiment suggested by my surgeon [the one who fired me for being a medicare patient he can no longer sustain]...... he had said, some of his SCS patients who achieve success ultimately are able to taper off of the use of the SCS.
The idea is that SCS itself can exacerbate nerve pain by "over" stimulating the nerves with its pulses. Oh sure, the pulses themselves have the benefit for sure while needed to address searing pain....... even so, IS there possibly a kernel of truth to the suggestion made through Doc. I wondered. I pondered. I did a little "hand wringing" thinking it would be oh so hard to let go, as it were, of my security blanket.
Then I began to try it.
Not quite as Doc had suggested it, mind you, because his idea was "turn it off!" Thinking as the patient who knows pain intimately I figured he was "nuts" well, maybe a little nuts.
My compromise effort to try the proposal was to Turn Down the device. It is NOT turned off, and I use it 24/7 thus.
I have had the device turned down three weeks running. Minimal signal. The effect? I have been able to sustain this effect. It is not so bad.
Sure, once in the last three weeks, I did turn it back up because of a spiky situation, but once handled, I turned it back down again. Things are tolerable.
This has borne some thought you know? Since I have ALL of this money set aside in a medical savings account administered by WHO.... Medicare.... [that is how I was forced into the Medicare system] and since my surgeon of choice has fired me because he can't make enough money off of me at the paltry sums Medicare will authorize be disbursed from MY set aside account..... maybe, just maybe, we can prolong the working life of my SCS if I use it with less intensity.
Logic may not be consistent here, and science may rebuf me as loony, but it seems to me an electronic device handling less current through micro-circuitry may stand less of a chance of "burning out the works" if I can sustain less intense use. This is the thesis. I am giving it a try.
Still gotta say, I am VERY PLEASED at my now archaic Boston Scientific Precision Plus SCS. I have been and continue to be off of the pain meds.
God is Good,
glad He inspired inventions such as this,