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Hi can anyone tell me if I could qualify for a stimulator?I have L5S1 issues,and don't want a fusion at this time I thought if I can try a stimulator.How do they work?are they morphine or something?Also fighting WC,I was told can't collect both SS or comp,that SS makes you pay back.its very confusing,and I feel I'm getting the shaft by comp.they keep putting off any treatment,and my lawyer doesn't return calls.
I have serval herniated discs, but most of my problem is with my SI joint. Tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, except a nerve stimulator or a morphine pump. The Dr. at the pain clinic seems to think it would very likely help me get off the drugs. Has anyone had any success with a stimulator for this area?
[QUOTE=zoe08;3476634]I have serval herniated discs, but most of my problem is with my SI joint. Tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, except a nerve stimulator or a morphine pump. The Dr. at the pain clinic seems to think it would very likely help me get off the drugs. Has anyone had any success with a stimulator for this area?[/QUOTE]

I have three ruptured discs at L2-L3, L3-L4 and L5-S1. At the time my permanent IPG leads were placed we *tried* to catch the lower back. I've had several reprogramming sessions since my 2/2007 surgery (the latest in August 2007) but we can't get coverage for the lower back. Buttocks, groin (ACK!), and thigh, yes, but not lower back.

My ABS Programmer says that the lower back is the hardest area to cover. Higher up on the spine I'm not sure but the lower back is the worst.

I'm waiting for my insurance company (BC/BS of MI) to approve IDET for one disc and a Percutaneous Disc Nucleoplasty on another one. The only alternative after that is a three-vertebrae fusion, which I REFUSE to do because the failure rate is too high.
My stim helps alot , the only problems I have is it doesn't help the back pain , and where they ran the wires down along my spine hurts really bad at night..Wondered if anyone suffers from this pain ? For the legs and feet is it a blessing .

Shawley





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