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  • My Spinal Stimulator Story

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    8 posts, 8 voices, 1389 views, started May 3, 2010

    Posted on Monday, May 3, 2010

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      I thought I would write to all of you about my spinal stimulator, I don;t know if you are familiar with the term or not so here goes.
      I have severe arthritis and sciatica pain down my left leg, this has troubled me for almost 3 years now. I have had 3 surgeries, including having my low back fused with bone grafts, rods & screws from L3 to S1. Still the sciatic pain persisted to the point I was constantly doped up on muscle relaxers & strong narcotics and still couldn’t get through the day without pain.
      My pain specialist had tried nerve root blocks and all kinds of meds, and told me he would like for me to consult with another doctor about a spinal stimulator.
      A spinal stimulator is a lot like a pace maker, but the leads send a signal up your spine instead of regulating your heart rate. By sending this current up your spine it blocks a large amount of the pain signals from reaching your brain. It is a relatively simple procedure to implant—being outpatient and comparing it to the fusion surgery I had done.
      Depending on the weather conditions and how active I am it controls between 50-70% of my pain and I am no longer hooked on narcotics. I still keep them on hand for really bad days, but most days I just use the stimulator which if remote controlled and my prescription anti inflamatories.

      For anyone who would like more info on the device and to find a doctor in your area here is the website link.
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      And no, I don’t get paid for referring anyone, lol

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