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    Electric Stimulator, maybe
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    19penny62 posted:
    I have an annular tear in my lower spin and buldging disk at L5 & L6, yes I have an L6.
    I am not allowed to bend over, I was drying off after a shower put my leg up on the edge of the tub bent over to dry it and I got the worse pain I have ever felt and an the burning was unbelievable. I could barely walk but went to work as I had clients to see.
    I got an appointment with my pain doc for the next day. We did a few shots and I can now funtion a bit. We did discuss the stimulator. He says that I am a candidate for it. My legs were fine until this last time. Now my left leg is a bit week.
    I am nervous about trying this stimulator...I would really like some input form others perhaps in the same or simular situation.
    Thank you for reading this.
    Penny from Michigan
     
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    ctbeth responded:
    Hi Penny,

    Actually, an annular year is in the disc, not the spine.

    I have an implanted SCS.

    What seems a little different in your case is that, usually, other methods of pain management are tried and used before MDs even consider spinal cord stimulation.

    Meanwhile, you can do a google search for spinal cord stimulator, or neuro modulation.

    Please ask your MD all of the questions that you have.

    For me, SCS is like a miracle, but many other treatments were tried before dividing on this somewhat invasive surgical modality.

    I don't know if this is a factor in your situation, but SCS is quite expensive, too, and requires a surgical procedure for implantation.

    It's a relatively minor surgery, but it is surgery.

    Pleas let us know what you're thinking
     
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    19penny62 replied to ctbeth's response:
    Thank you for replying.
    I have had years of of injections, several different medications, physical therapy.
    Things have rapidly deteriorated in the past six months. I work full time and can't take some of the medications.
    I trust my pain specialist physician totally. I do know it is expensive and I am thankful for the type of insurance I have. And as you said, I will do research and educate myself so I am informed.
    Thanks for caring.
    Penny
     
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    chochise63 replied to 19penny62's response:
    My son had one in his back after 14 back surgeries and it did not work. They moved it and it shocked him really bad and the battery leaked. NOT A GOOD CHOICE.


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