Oh my after reading these comments Im scared of these stimulators . Im new to this community, actually just found it today, but have lived with this chronic back pain for 9 years now. I taught gymnastics for 33 years and thought I was in great physical shape at 44 yrs old, but a freak diving accident from a high platform cause a severe spinal injury. I received a fusion at L3-L4 with rods and screws thinking I would be back at work after a decent recovery period.Ha HA. Now Im diagnosed with failed back syndrome, my SI joints have frozen up and I have constant back pain, with numbness and tingling in my toes, feet and legs, that is sometimes so bad I cant walk after I drive to the dr or the pain clinic. I have ben on Oppiods for 7 years. I wear a 75 mig Fentanyl patch that I change every 48 hours, and take hydrocodone 3x a day. I live off of Soma, and have been prescribed every muscle relaxer in the PDR. SOMA is the only thing that helps, although I have to take more than Im prescribed and run out early every month. I read about Pain Pumps and asked my Pain Dr for one but she doesnt like them so she suggested a spinal cord stimulator.She assured me I would still have all my drugs available…but she doesnt think Ill need them.As I type this Im lying on the heating pad. Which I do constantly. I have 3 throughout my house and thats truly the only thing that helps.She has sent me to a pain Psych Dr for a few months while Medicare goes through the approval process for the stimulator. I have no idea what hes for…just seems to want to know if I have ever thought of suicide…MY GOD…I think about if I die I want be in pain of course but not actual SUICIDE…anyway..Im worried that this stimulator will be like a TENS unit..and that thing literally made me crazy…I dont want one if its like that…Does anyone out there know. HELP!!Sorry for the long rant, but I need help…anybody??
Spinal Cord Stimulator for Chronic Pain
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