My dr has recommended that I look into the spinal stimulator and the pump.
Does anyone know what the criteria are for deciding to use a pain pump vs a spinal stimulator vs oral medications? I would guess that one of them would be knowing you are going to have chronic pain that is not well-controlled by oral medications?
I have done some research on the spinal stimulator and the pump - both seem to allow you to lower your oral meds. However, the long term effectiveness of the stimulator did not seem that hopeful - 50% reduction in 1st year, but declines to 10% over 10 years. I realize some relief is better than nothing.
I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has these devices -
- how did they make their decison to move to these devices?
- what benefits did they find?
- did they have any complications?
- overall, are they happy with their decision?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!