Originally Posted by thezyne
Sorry to hear about everyones bad reactions and experiences to the implant!!
I myself and an SCS implant waiting to happen. I'm having my surgical consult later today in regards to this.
This is my 3rd back surgery in about 30 months. An L5/S1 discectomy hemi-laminectomy in May of 2008, recovered wonderfully and was doing great. Managed to fall while playing with my dog, that laid the ground work for surgery #2. Another L5/S1 discectomy/full laminectomy this time.
I've never been right since the second surgery. I have as of a while back been diagnosed with failed discectomy/laminectomy syndrome .. so needless to say, I'm bummed.
I read one of your guys' posts about levels of tramadol, neurontin and so forth getting out of control. Guys, if that's all you take, I envy you! 100mg of morphine sulfate 3 times/day, anywhere from 8-12 vicodin ES for the accute pain, and of course 600mg neurontin/3 times day.
So with this said, SCS is my last shot at dealing with this pain. I work in IT managing a very large corporate network so keep my head functioning is a must. The implant is my only option for staying off disability at this point.
I'd like to hear some more of your input on this. Especially from ya'll with the problem implants. I am personally very excited about this as conventional drug therapy is far from effective on my pain levels or something I can live with as a professional .. or my employer!
Thanks in advance!!
Hi Nick, Here's hoping you will see this message along with my encouragement that you walk on over to the SCS/Pain Pump Sub Forum. Find it here http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum118.html
where you will note a good many folks from the broad spectrum of opinions and results relevant to the SCS and Pain Pump implants they have either received or hope to have in the near future.
I came to the forum some months ago searching the net, frankly, looking for informaiton pertinent to the notion of going through a psych review by a professional precedent to the Trial Spinal Cord Stim surgery I ultimately did have in May 2010. So many folks came to my view who had been through this and shared all manner of thoughts and encouragement with me that I just HAD to participate. Being laid up from my professional career, I determined to become involved- where they could help me, I would receive, where I could lend a hand, some else might benefit by something I had to say.
The SCS Trial went very well from me, as you may read from my thread at the sub forum here http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread117854.html
. Things went so well, like a 70% to 100% pain relief during the trial that we determined to push ahead. My permanent implant is now scheduled for 29 June. I am pumped, looking forward to it, and after multiple times in an OR, I was not originally looking forward to another such occasion. However, I know it works, and I want my career back, my life back, or so much of it that, God willing, I might restore.
So, there you have it: opportunity for alternative pain management awaits. Some of us like it. I am a determined advocate of it for now. I will share more as my thread develops post surgically.
I hope to see you around Nick,