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GREAT NEWS:)! Seen both my surgeons (from 2-level fusion) today and they both looked at myelogram pictures and CT-scan pictures and say that everything looks good. L2-L3 is intact and no problems. They say I have post nerve symdrome. Advised me to see another doctor (next week) about using a Spinal Cord Stimulator. I brought home a disc to watch and learn about this device. Said I would try one out for 5 days and see how it helps and if it does then I would have implanted in my lower back.

Of my pictures, I have some arthritis at the L3-L4 level and some osteoarthritis at my right hip. Very minimal scar tissue. Hardware all intact.:D

Very happy today. Does anyone have any info they can share regarding Spinal Cord Stimulator?

I'm glad you are happy...but I hope the surgeons gave you more information than telling you that you have "post nerve syndrome." I hope they explained further.

I also want to caution you that doctors have a tendency to bring up a spinal cord stimulator trial in a way that makes it sound easy and uneventful. Please do lots of research on it before agreeing to the trial....and also, be very sure the doctor who is going to implant it is very experienced. These leads can go in right next to your central canal and you want to be very sure the doctor has done this many, many times with successful outcomes.

You can run a search for this board to bring up past discussions of the SCS, its implantation procedure and the results patients have had with it.

After my first fusion when I was left with as much pain as prior to my surgery, my surgeon wanted me to try the SCS. I refused for a variety of reasons...but the main reason was I wanted to find the source of my pain rather than just trying to mask the pain. If it turned out that nothing could be done, then I left it as a final option, but I wanted to be absolutely that there was not a reason for the pain that could be addressed.

As I told you earlier, everything looked great on my imaging, too. It took me the better part of 18 months and trips to many specialists, but, ultimately it turned out that there was a mechanical reason for my pain that was not evident on any of the imaging I'd had done.

Spinal cord stimulators are not without their risks. They are not as safe and carefree as doctors make them sound. They sound like an easy solution to a patient's pain...but often, it does not turn out this way. So, please, research this carefully before agreeing to go ahead.

I hope anyone who has had a SCS will reply to you.

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