Anyone tried Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain?

Posted by steeldove @steeldove, Oct 25, 2018

Spinal Cord Stimulation – A Compelling Treatment Alternative for Chronic Pain https://www.hss.edu/conditions_spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-alternative-chronic-pain.asp
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD Assistant Attending Neurologist, Hospital for Special Surgery, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Read more here: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-alternative-chronic-pain.asp
Posted: 10/8/2018

Anyone tried Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain?

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Tank you for the information regarding the Spinal Card Stimulation. My only question has to do with the numbness pain, tingling and pins and needles pain sensation in both legs, feet fro the waist on down. Does this stimulation help with those pains?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Fred

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@goetf4997

Tank you for the information regarding the Spinal Card Stimulation. My only question has to do with the numbness pain, tingling and pins and needles pain sensation in both legs, feet fro the waist on down. Does this stimulation help with those pains?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Fred

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@goetf4997 Sorry that I don't have an answer for you Fred, but I suggest that you contact Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Assistant Attending Neurologist, Hospital for Special Surgery who authored the article. The Hospital for Special Surgery is in New York City, and interestingly, is the only hospital that outranks Mayo in Orthopedics.

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@goetf4997

Tank you for the information regarding the Spinal Card Stimulation. My only question has to do with the numbness pain, tingling and pins and needles pain sensation in both legs, feet fro the waist on down. Does this stimulation help with those pains?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Fred

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Fred a great story was recently posted on Mayo Clinic Sharing about a patient that had success with a Spinal Cord Stimulator implant. This may help with your discussion with your provider of choice.
https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2018/10/26/putting-pain-in-the-past/

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Thanks so much for posting this. My pain management doctor has recommended this and I’m trying to get as much information as possible about this before my next appointment. This was very helpful.

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I don't get on here as much as I'd like. Pain. Job. Life. But man, what a blessing this web-site, community is. Thanks for being here for us, Mayo!

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I’d like to echo what you said. This site is the BEST! The information is so helpful! It’s nice to know I am not alone and there’s a place I can go to to get some answers. My heart breaks for those who suffer so much more than I do. You are in my prayers! Finally, thanks to the moderators and volunteers for your helpful comments and advice!

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I had the trial for pain cord stimulator. My Mayo Dr
sent me to a closer Dr. at the time I thought it helped 50 percent, that was until the week was over.
I quickly realized it helped 70 percent and I can’t wait to get the implant. Honestly the buzzing affect
didn’t bother me as much as pain.
I ended up with help from lead manager, who called everyday, to set it just on my legs. My back hurts but not as bad as legs. I want to walk, I’m very weak I haven’t done much in 2 years.

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@goetf4997

Tank you for the information regarding the Spinal Card Stimulation. My only question has to do with the numbness pain, tingling and pins and needles pain sensation in both legs, feet fro the waist on down. Does this stimulation help with those pains?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Fred

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They can set the remote to work on just legs or legs and back.

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@user_chf56161a

I had the trial for pain cord stimulator. My Mayo Dr
sent me to a closer Dr. at the time I thought it helped 50 percent, that was until the week was over.
I quickly realized it helped 70 percent and I can’t wait to get the implant. Honestly the buzzing affect
didn’t bother me as much as pain.
I ended up with help from lead manager, who called everyday, to set it just on my legs. My back hurts but not as bad as legs. I want to walk, I’m very weak I haven’t done much in 2 years.

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I’m glad to hear that your trial was successful! I hope the implant will go well too and you will get back to walking. That will make you feel so much better. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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We considered this for my wife's chronic pain with the pudendal nerve. However, before any procedure like this I wanted to know about all the positives and negatives that I could get which unfortunately the manufacturers of these stimulators would not provide. Questions like what are the more serious side effects and frequency of these side affects? What affect does the the probes have on surrounding nerves that still have to perform their specific functions (all are being stimulated?) Has this device been tested on the particular nerve that you are dealing with?

The doctor that we spoke with at Mayo didn't have many positives to say about this procedure. My researched also uncovered some possible (don't know the percentages) serious side effects and as it turned out a neighbor around the corner from us developed as a result of having this procedure performed on him. So given that there were too many unknowns my wife opted out of having this procedure. However, do not take this as your only input to make a decision. Do your own research and most importantly try to get as many inputs from patients as you can as I find that source to be most valuable.

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Hi bkruppa, just to give you my input, I was incapacitated from 2010- 2012 following an inguinal mesh hernia repair, I had a spinal cord stimulator fitted in October 2012 in the Mater Private in Dublin, I went back to work after 2.5 years in February 2013.it really got me through a tough time and gradually improved to a point where I could again function normally , unfortunately through my own fault I re-injured the area again in November last which has grounded me again, I had my battery replaced about a month ago , which will give me more range and quiet stimulation, ie it works away in the back round .
so I am in recovery mode again, but I feel I wouldn't have had the relief I had if I hadn't taken the risk in the first place, I felt I had no choice at the time.
Regards, Sean

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