I would like to contact anyone who has a dorsal stimulator so I can get info from a patient who has one. I have had 2 back operations in the last year and I am worse than when I started. The doctor wants to use a dorsal stimulator but I understand the implantation etc is very painful and not sure if it will even work. Also it is very expensive and my insurance will not pay. I would like to know if anyone has one that works. Can you go for walks, drive, do anywork, etc.?
Are u talking about a spinal cord stimulator? Its sounds like it, and yes u can do anything with it on except to drive. I had one put in in Nov. 2006, I had 2 back surgeries previously for L-4 thru S-1 in July 2004 had a laminectomy and fussion plus the hardware, then had the hardware removed Feb.2005. I had so much nerve damage in my legs so I had the scs put in, it certainly gives me the relief in my legs that I have been suffering with for the past 26 yrs. I love it, and yes the surgery is rough but u need to be patient and take it easy for a few months it is well worth it far as I'm concerned. They do a trial before, anywheres from 3 to 10 days to see if it covers the pain and if it works then they do the permanent one. I have one by Medtronics, they have a web site check it out. Good luck in whatever u decide to do, its better than depending on pain meds. thats for sure. God Bless, Bekah61
my guess would be because of the stimulation, its electrical pulses so maybe it would be because the electrical pulses that run up and down your legs might make u jerk and u don't have full control or feeling don't know really, its a very good question I just never asked but I would be very interested to find out. I myself think I could drive after some time of getting used to it I would just put it on a lower setting. I haven't tried it yet so I don't know! I also have alot of pain when I'm sitting in the car for a long time. Good luck, Bekah61