Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page:

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at

    Electric Stimulator, maybe
    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
    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
    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.
    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.

    Featuring Experts

    Peter Abaci, MD , is certified in anesthesia and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Abaci received his undergraduate educat...More

    Helpful Tips

    Judging people with or without chronic pain
    I try not to judge people by anything they do if they aren't hurting themselves or someone else. Unfortunately, I know that I've been judge ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 8 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.