I am on my 2nd Spinal Cord Stimulator and I also have a Pain Pump that
pumps Hydromorphone, (Hydrocodone & Morphine) and Fentanyl into my body 24
hours per day. I also can take 4 Hydrocodone a day if necessary, I
usually take at least 2 each day. My average Pain level is 5 on a Good
Day and higher on Bad Days. Most people would have had gotten relief by
now but not me.
My 1st Stimulator was the type where you felt the vibrations in your
body, it really never gave me any relief. When my battery needed
replacing after 7 years, they implanted the newer brand, Nervo which has
higher frequency of stimulations that you can not feel, you don’t even know
it is on.
The remote control is set for 3 programs with 8 stages on each program.
You have 24 potential different settings, so there should be one that should
give you relief. When you have gone through these 24 settings, it can be
reprogramed with 3 more programs and 24 more settings. There are hundreds
of potential settings. I was told that the majority of patients will
find a program that gives them relief by the time that have gone thru 4 or 5
programs. Lucky me, I have gone through about 10 programs and 80
settings and still have not found the right one for me.
From what I understand, the Nervo stimulator has had rave reviews by a
number of doctors. It very may work for you. I would definitely try
it before they put a Pain Pump, which will definitely make you a Drug
Good Luck and God Bless You!