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Nov 16, 2019 · surgery or no surgery - herniated disk in Spine Health

Great! I was a Labor & Delivery RN and do believe controlled breathing can help a lot, but not everyone buys into that, so…..of course everyone reacts differently to IV sedation – I am fine almost immediately – not to drive of course – but have had it for multiple jaw procedures and two colonoscopies and immediately afterwards my driver friend and I have gone out to eat brunch/lunch, shopping etc. I have other friends who say they sleep all afternoon! Here’s hoping it all helps you for quite awhile in terms of pain relief!

Nov 15, 2019 · surgery or no surgery - herniated disk in Spine Health

From my perspective of being a retired RN, I am wondering if you are concerned about repeat injections because of the pain of the injection or for a different reason? Because if it is because it hurt so much, you certainly have a right to tell the doctor that and request that you have either some oral anti-anxiety med ahead of time or of asking for mild sedation immediately before the procedure – as in you would be in position for the injection(s), you would have intravenous access already in place and you would HAVE to have someone come with you to drive you home. Just something for you to be aware of! Hope this helps and hope you feel better!

Nov 8, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

I think you should have at least filed a complaint with the company, FDA, etc. That's inexcusable and could have caused you significant damage. At this point I am looking at Medtronic vs Boston Scientific for stimulators.

Nov 8, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

I hear you, and I am sorry you are also dealing with this situation. Last year I had a Costco pharmacist refuse to fill a prescription as he thought the dose was "too high" for someone over 65. He didn't care that the MD prescribing it has known me and my med situation for years, that I have never had a negative reaction to it, etc. It was a sleep med and my insurance won't cover it and it became very expensive over the past five years. No apparent reason, old generic drug. I finally found Costco could get it for a price I could afford. So instead I am using a very cheap generic medication not meant as a sleep med, but it usually works – though not as well and with more side effects. I am hoping if my pain is controlled then eventually I won't have as much trouble sleeping.

Nov 6, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

Ah, I love it, HAHA, excuse my sarcasm! The "latest thing" is to say narcotics do not help chronic pain. I have NO idea where this evolved from, what studies have been done on this, blahblahblah. I have had one or two people say this to me and I get very quiet, rather angry and tell such "experts" that I would rather enjoy if they truly suffer from significant chronic pain for a few months and try various meds, then tell me what their opinion is! NONE of this was deemed "valid" until the current opioid crisis became the flavor du jour. I am not saying there isn't a drug problem in America. I am saying very little of it actually has to do with legally treated chronic pain patients. Studies DO bear that out!

Nov 6, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

OMG, I guess you managed what is called catching a lucky break (pun intended!). I don't have to tell you just how "lucky" you were, because you already know it (and likely told so by hospital personnel). Well, my options are to 1) continue as I am, above (and hope no one removes my minimal doses of hydrocodone – so far no problem with my primary MD who knows me well). It "works" but isn't optimal. 2) have the extension of my already multi level lumbar fusion (discs above the fusion are showing signs of problems, no surprise) 3) try for a more minimal but still invasive surgery "try a few screws" with no guarantee or 4) try the spinal cord stimulator if it appears to help during trial. I've tried every NSAID pill, gel, cream known and aspirin works as well with least side effects. Tried various spinal locale injections with local/steroids. Which at least helped pinpoint the problem to L4-5-S1. I do realize NO guarantees with anything of course. i just hope to not make it worse….the one thing that can give hope is that medicine advances steadily and who knows what will be offered a few years down the road? Somewhat vaguely similar to you, my primary stuck by me for most of 10 years while I dealt with unrelenting pain from serious jaw issues. Long story short, I am now 10+ years out from receiving artificial jaw joints. If it hadn't been for her and a great psychiatrist helping me, and me being a stubborn RN who knew I wasn't making things up – I also finally found (thank you, internet!) not one but two incredible oral maxillofacial surgeons who believed me, diagnosed me and ultimately fixed me (many fights with my insurance company!). So I do have faith in medicine, just need to match what's available with my needs. Fingers crossed and a prayer. I certainly wish you all the best also!

Nov 4, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

This is what has been recommended to me. My story: 2011 L3-4-5 TLIF, good relief until about 2 years ago. Now have severe stenosis/pain R lower back/leg radiculopathy. Sometimes I limp. Heavy dull ache or hot nerve pain. R foot numb tingly when I first start moving in am or after watching tv. Been told to have “extension” of my fusion down to S1. I do NOT want another big surgery if I can avoid one. Right now I survive with aspirin/ES Tylenol, Baclofen, 2 occ 3 Vicodin. But I have greatly reduced my activities like walking, gardening, etc. I hate it.

Nov 4, 2019 · Has anybody had an implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain? in Spine Health

Infused how? I mean, I understand intravenous (retired RN) but not understanding it re chronic pain? Lidocaine has a very short half life and too much can be toxic. So I’m going to look this up.