Might Need Spinal Cord Stimulator...Anybody know about them...
Does anyone here use or know someone who uses a spinal cord stimulator? I would like to hear about positives or negatives. I may have to have one implanted in my spine... Here's why:
I had a knee replacement back in April and have severe nerve pain in my lower leg. It feels like things are crawling on my leg and the slightest touch brings searing pain, like the worst sunburn in the world. It makes sleeping impossible... If you notice some of my post times you'll see what I mean. I have been off work, since the surgery and am currently taking very strong narcotic pain medicines.
I'm having a 4th set of spinal injections tomorrow and they should help to diagnose the cause. My doctor, was telling me today that depending on the outcome of the injections, the next step may be a spinal cord stimulator, a lumbar fusion of L4 & L5, or there may be nothing that will fix it.
I know what to expect if the lumbar fusion surgery is required, but I don't know anything about spinal cord stimulators. You can post here or PM me if you want to keep it private.
Update... Spinal Injections on Fri 10/30
Well, unfortunately there has been no improvement from this latest round on injections... Actually, the injections made the symptoms worse... Which has happened before, but they don't stay that way very long... It'll be back to just BAD in a day or two....
I'm not really sure where we go from here... I'm going back to the doctor in a few days to discuss options, if there are any left....