[QUOTE=toyqt;1441922]Hi everyone! I haven't visited in quite a while, but I still recognize a few names, and I hope that all of you are finding suggestions and relief for your pain.
Just a quick FYI, I am about 15 months post op PLIF with rods, screws, plates, spacer (cage?) at the L5S1 level. I obtained good results from the surgery, and still consider myself better than I was beforehand. That being said, I still do have much more pain than the average person...don't we all?
I am currently in pain management (have been for quite a while) and have managed to get some relief from some meds occasionally, some help with PT, TENS unit, etc., but I have reached the point where I am considering an implantable pump, or possibly the electro stimulator thing...can't think of what it is called. I really would like to hear from anyone who has some experience with either of these methods...need to know what levels were affected, how your trial and implant went, what kind of relief you have gotten, etc...
Sorry so long, but I really appreciate any responses!
Take care, and have a great evening everyone
Just in case it matters, I am a 32 year old female, in pretty good shape.[/QUOTE]
I work with a gal that has the electro vibrator implant, quess that's what it's called and she said it helps her quite allot ... in fact I asked about her doc as I have been having lower back pain and just got my MRI report "bulging at L4-5 and L5-S1 with mild impression on the thecal sac and mild left foraminal stenosis at L5-S1." Now don't ask me what that means, but the pain and pressure sure feels more than mild! My co-worker said she could barely walk before the implant ... now she doesn't even mention pain. I wish I could be more helpful than this ... but I do hope that your pain is soon a thing of the past!