I just weened off of fentanyl 75 patches. I had a spinal cord stimulater implanted 2 months ago and have not even had to use anything for breakthrough pain! Of course I still can use everything in my bag of tricks -- imagery, biofeedback, warm baths, etc. -- if I need, but what a relief not to deal with prescription issues.
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It's an implanted device which interferes with the pain signals. Just google it. I've been a chronic pain patient for about 15 years with the pain is from my lower back to my neck. I understand the device works even better for pain that radiates to the limbs. The procedure cost about $76,000 (the Baylor hospital in Costa Rica does it for about $27,000) but my Medicare Advantage plan paid for it. My cost was a hospital co-pay of $150.
hello paintednails1 - I've dealt with severe chronic pain for 30 years and just had my SCS implanted on 3/29/2011. The surgery pain is gone, and even though I've had programs changed/added since the implant, it is VERY frustrating to know that I can be almost pain free but it's inconsitent until everything has healed. The trial was great even though the leads had slipped down, but I'm wondering with the permanent implant, how long before you no longer had the inconsistant coverage/stimulation due to positional changes?