I have had mine for a little over a year. And yes the pain from the surgery is intense. But it gets better pretty quick. A bit of advise: There is honeymoon phase with the stimulator. Having been in pain for so long there will be a tremendous amount of relief. But it is not a perfect fix. Make sure you do frequent visits with the company reps to get periodic program changes to make sure you are getting the most out of your stimulator. I wish you the best and hope that this will provide you with at least some measure of relief.
Thank you for the advice.
I have to make a decision about getting the stim put in permanently, but the pain in my back hurt more than the pain in my neuropathic feet when I did the trial. I’m worried about making it permanent. I hope your pain subsides soon. If your pain goes away, then maybe I’ll go forward with an implant.
The pain for the most part from the surgery is gone. I only get pain when I go to sit or stand or when getting in and out of bed. Today was an awkward feeling as if i was carrying a very large and heavy backpack that i couldn’t get rid of. I see the doctor tomorrow for a checkup see how things are coming along. I’ll let everyone know. But I agree it is a tough decision. Good luck.
I had mine put in 3 weeks ago. The pain from the surgery is almost gone. Hang in there! I’ve had 4 back surgeries and have Cauda Equina and Osteoarthritis. I hope this thing helps me to decrease or even better get off of my pain pills. I’ve been on them since 2006. And all this stuff about opioids is getting ridiculous. I hope we both have success with the stimulator.
I’m only 8 day’s out and I feel like I want to ripe the thing out of mine back. You’re in my prayers.
I have degenerative bone disease…its in most of my bones, I have 2 stimulators…I understand your pain. The results were worth the pain. I was told 4 yrs ago that in 2 yrs I’d be in a wheelchair…thanks to the stimulators…without them I wouldn’t be walking.
I’m day 9 of my recovery. It’s going well. The pain is subsiding substantially. I’m only taking the Percocet when I really need it. I’ve only been taking Tramadol for my pain. It’s more for my Failed Laminectomy pain, Neuralgia and the Fibromyalgia pain. It’s been quite an experience. This surgery, as my pain specialist informed me Pre-operatively, is not for everyone. I walked into it with my mind and eyes wide open but have come out post-operatively I believe a more humble person. All the things I took for granted before I see as a blessing today. I see my doctor on Tuesday for a dressing change and programming adjustment if need be. All in all the device is working as it should. I’m just praying like a made women that on Tuesday they clear me to be able to start controlling my device on my own. Turning it on and off as I please. I’ll tell you one thing I’m beyond blessed to have had to amazing doctor’s perform my surgery because I have access to them both if anything arises.
In the attached picture is my surgical sites. On the left side incision is where the generator/battery is implanted. In the center incision is where the leads were surgically implanted. This picture was taken on the day of my surgery.
Just wondering if you could explain a little bit about this Implant? [i.e. where exactly was it implanted, how it works, how long it lasts, etc.]; but, only if you feel comfortable?
A BurstDr Spinal Cord Stimulator made by St. Jude Medical/Abbott. It’s two wires that were placed next to spinal cord that stimulates the cord. It’s supposed to send a positive signal to my brain before my pain gets there. I got the non-recharble battery that will last up to 5 year’s depending on my use. They also have a chargeable battery. The choice is the patient’s.
Thank you! That was helpfull.
Thank you for sharing!
AnnArias my friend has had this implant for several months now. It helps with her pain. She has been more active. Also her mood has been better on most days now. I’m hoping you find it to be increasingly beneficial as well
It’s been amazing so far. I pray your friend continues to find relief in her device.
If the spinal stimulator didn’t noticeably help your pain DO NOT have it put in permanently. That is the purpose of the trial.
I had my stimulator implanted in 2013 and I’m glad I did. It is still relieving 60-70% of my pain. I never had any pain after surgery. I feel for you, because it is new feeling. You will do fine. Just take it easy on yourself and you will feel like a new person. Please keep me updated.
It has been an experience I’ll tell you that much. I don’t regret it at all though. Thank you for the word’s of encouragement. I’m doing good. Pain comes and goes. Most days have been good, thanks to my heavenly Father getting me through. Last night was rough but I overcame it. Thanks again and I will continue to update.
Do you know if it’s made by Scientific America or MedTronic?
I stand by Medtronic. I have a friend who has the Scientific America and he’s had nothing but trouble with it.