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Angrybitterman posted:
Ok, you can tell by my user name that I'm not exactly a happy guy. I had a spinal cord stimulator put in about 4 or 5 years ago. The idiot doctor withheld treating me with narcotic pain killers and talked me into this (insert foul word and add ing) spinal cord stimulator. I'm not sure if I could name the doctor, but I think I can say he works for a Clinic in Cleveland. One word of advice. DO NOT GET A SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR AND AVOID THE WORLD FAMOUS CLINIC IN CLEVELAND. Sorry, not yelling just adding emphasis. My SCS did not work for my pain, and now has been recalled. I have been treated so bad by that clinic and I do feel like I was given the choice to live in pain or get the SCS. You have a 50% chance that it will.work for you, meaning that if you have it put in, it may or may not work for you. Also, my doctor said he didn't have any problems with the SCS. He lied. They do not work for 1/2 of the patient's that have them implanted. You have been warned. Do what you like, but I would not have gone through this knowing what I know now.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Angreybitterman -

Unfortunately on WEBMD we cannot list any personal information relating to ourselves, doctor names and hospital/clinics. This is in the guidelines when you set up your account.

I did have the TRIAL SCS implant done in 11/08 - it took away the pains in my legs but it increased my back pains tri-fold. I had the trial done on 11/17 and had it removed 11/18. I had it in less than 24 hours.

There is the TRIAL period where the leads are inserted only so that you can try it out for up to a week to see if it helps. Did you not have a trial period? this would have shown whether it helped or not.

Nothing is guaranteed as you have seen with the pains after your surgery and any treatments that have failed. Surgeons can only hope pains will be reduced. Most times, surgeries to the spine are done to help stabilize the spine.

you should find another spine specialist, either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist and have them review your situation. You can also see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist (this is who I see) as they go deeper into pain management control more so than regular pain clinics.

http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

I hope this helps and that you can get some relief. please keep us posted how you are doing
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