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Spinal pain management

Spine Health | Last Active: Jun 4 12:15pm | Replies (31)

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Good Morning,

After a spinal fusion from L5-S1 in 2015, I had a disc slippage in 2022. I was consulted about a spinal cord stimulator from the pain management doctor I see to thereafter. Previously, I had the epidurals, PT's, yet not wanting to be medicated with pain relievers, as I am extremely active as a 67 year old then. I learned about a SCS from a seminar in 2019, but wasn't ready. As the previous posts recommended, I consulted with three neurosurgeons, one from Mayo in Phoenix, AZ. The pain management doctor recommended Abbott SCS, and I had the trial in December 2022, which was satisfactory, and gave me the green light to proceed and continue with the decision to have one implanted. I chose a surgeon in Phoenix, who has done hundreds of these, and he was quite professional, and pleasant. The device used was the latest model, a Burst, I believe, yet with my slim body frame, it protruded out, yet I felt if it did the work, I can live with it. It created sciatica pain, and five months later was removed with a smaller unit, one that is chargeable, an Eterna. I charge it about six times a year, no big deal. It is working, doing its' job, and I am pleased with it. It is also MRI compatible, and I turn it to surgical mode when needed, and that means through airport security, although you can receive a pat-down. If you strongly consider a SCS, there are many companies that have them, my pain management recommended Abbott. Have the paddles implanted and not the lead wires. The paddles prove to be a longer recovery-rehab, but the results are better to flush the pain to the brain. The lead wires are not as successful, is what I heard. I can't recommend enough to receive three opinions. One was a orthopedist. I didn't care for his demeanor, in fact, when I decided to go through with the neurosurgeon, the office from the orthopedist called me and asked me why I didn't choose him (?) Wow, I understand it is a money thing, as the procedure was well over 150K. Medicare and my supplement covered it all. If you would like more information please contact me. I am not sure I can give out my personal information.

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Thank you for the information. I am sixty years old, and since my last surgery about two months following is when my pain set in. I have been pretty immobile since then. Walking increases the pain, simple things like cooking and extending my arms over the sink or stove increases my pain. With all the information everyone has given me, I can not wait to see if they recommend a SCS for me. I am old enough that I can remember going to the Dr. and they would tell you what is wrong, now days you have to be the Dr. and tell them what you have and what they need to do for you. I had to tell my Dr.'s at the pain and spine management in NM, to do a Radio Frequency Ablation. I had the initial injections on the 31st of May, which I could not believe the temporary relief I received from it. They have not done the actual Ablation yet. This is just a temporary thing, you might bet a few days or a yew months relief for it. Then you have to start all over again. I want something permanent, so I can get back to a more normal life.