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Feb 2, 2018 · Implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain in Spine Health

The Cardiologist seeing me in the hospital told me it needed to stay off. Plus when I followed up with a Cardiologist once out of the hospital agreed with him. I have moved and started with a new pain doctor and he doesn’t want to make a decision on it at all. I will find a new cardiologist and hopefully I get the okay. I am also going to call St Jude to get it checked out and serviced with new programs to use just in case. I’m hoping and praying to get an all clear. It made such a big difference when I could use it. Since I’ve had it implanted I’ve had other discs that have deteriorated and a compression fracture so I know it won’t help all my pain. I’ll take any little bit of relief I can get. Thank you for replying. Bekie

Feb 2, 2018 · Implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain in Spine Health

Thank you for replying. I was almost positive it had nothing to do with my A-Fib and genetics played the role. They didn’t want to listen to me and wanted to error on the side of caution. I understand that. I have had the implant 3 years prior to the attack. I will try a different cardiologist for clearance and hopefully they are more aware of the way it functions. Thank you so much, this makes my day. Bekie

Jan 30, 2018 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

I relate with your post. Although I would have never thought of myself as old at 56, contrary to my grandchildren’s beliefs, I feel much older than my age due to my pain. I am no longer able to drive and I have had to move in with my daughter and her family. They go about their lives and I am often left home because of my pain and that increases my loneliness 10 fold. I try to read or stay busy but my pain interferes with it so I’m left to rest. I do watch my grandchildren from time to time and I enjoy it so much. Lately since my pain has increased,spinal compression fracture, I can’t do hardly anything at all. I get sad at times but not really depressed because I’m alone in a bedroom most of the time. I guess it just takes time to adjust to a new situation and I really miss living in my own home with my belongings. Most of my house was put into storage in anticipation of getting better and going back to my own place. I’m not sure if I will be able to afford it again since being disabled and having to live off Social Security alone. So yes I understand being older, in pain and feeling alone unfortunately more than I thought I’d ever admit out loud. Peace to you and I hope you find comfort in life each day. Bekie

Jan 30, 2018 · Implantable neurostimulator for chronic pain in Spine Health

Hi all,
It’s been ages since I’ve posted or read up on this post and I really don’t have the energy lately. I had a simulator that I loved and had good results with. I was able to get out of bed in the mornings which is so different than my life right now. Has anyone of you that have a stimulator or maybe have been told you are not a candidate for one due to A-Fib? I had an episode and my cardiologist, the ER MD plus cardiologist I saw while admitted told me it must be turned off? I lost a brother to A-Fib complications 2 years ago so I’m predetermined uneasy about this to begin with. Plus I am now struggling severely with back pain and this month was told I possibly have a compact fracture of my spine. They raised my meds from the lowered dose I was cut to for only 7 days. In desparation I went back on my Gabapentin and now feel like a shell of my former self. I need suggestions or something to happen. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your help. Bekie

May 25, 2016 · Epidural Injections in Spine Health


I’ve had two Dr’s also because I moved too. Both of mine have done them under guided fluoroscopy (moving live time X-Ray) and my sites have been numbed. One time my pain was so great he used a twilight sleep to do it like he uses for more critical injection sites on me. Mine are done in a surgery center or out patient type hospital setting.
I know there are some guidelines in some states about who can do them and what type of setting. I was wondering how people have responded to treatment where it is not done with any numbing. I’ve heard horror stories when I first went in of people having a doctor that basically just stuck it in and hoped for the best. I also have read of medical case studies being conducted now in certain areas (but not mine) to see which is the most beneficial way to do them. I read that they are going to create a new set of guidelines as to how they should be done for the patients best benefit. I think this is great for us as chronic pain patients. I’m glad to see at least somethings are progressing towards being uniform everywhere.
Thank you for posting.

May 25, 2016 · Epidural Injections in Spine Health

Best of luck to you @diamond22! I find them very effective and a great part of my care.

May 25, 2016 · Epidural Injections in Spine Health

I have seen many people post that they have had no success with epidural steroid injections. I was just wondering of those who have had little to no success:
1. Was your injection done by an anesthesiologist?
2. Was it done by guided fluoroscopy?
3. Was in done under some sort of sedation?

I have been going to pain management clinics for about 6 years now. I have has wonderful relief from these injections. They are a TEMPORARY relief to the PERMANENT problem of chronic pain. They are temporary though. They can last as little as a week or as long as a year. They are used to relieve an acute problem for a time period to get me through until my medication works better or allow my PT to help correct the problems. I was told even with guided fluoroscopy the injection can miss the perfect target but still give some relief. My doctor is well trained and has done several on me and I always get some sort of relief. I have even gone into his office and begged for them because they work so well. But like he told me they are part of my over all plan to attack my pain and work to get me through a crisis of pain until I can get back to exercise. They are not a miracle cure and there is no miracle cure presently for my chronic pain. I keep positive and through his plan and my cooperation, education, medication and willingness to follow his plan to the extent, I do feel better. If only for a temporary time, I take the temporary time.

I’m just wondering if those of us who have found success with them are getting a better injection, better treatment or if it is all by the grace of God a lucky shot.

What do you think? I’m curious to hear.
Thank you for this site to post and ask questions. It has helped me in just this one day of reading and posting.


May 25, 2016 · Chronic pain - Let's talk in Chronic Pain


I completely agree with you that exercise needs to be a part of my pain management regime. At this point right now it is not part of my morning “to do list” because I am at a point where I had to stop for a brief period. I have seen a physical therapist at my pain clinic and I am hoping and praying that after this months recheck visit I can go back and resume that part of my care. Exercise is what keeps my joints moving and loose and I make sure to drink at least 5 glasses of water (I have a large glass I drink from) to help my joints too. Stretching and exercise go hand in hand for me too. I stretch out the areas I need to exercise before I do my PT exercises and I feel amazing afterwards!!

I pour a big glass of Dr Pepper to get my caffeine buzz. It’s a guilty pleasure for me. I have never liked coffee. ❤️