I have not posted in a while, but I'm still in pain and I have a few questions.
I have had 1 fusion and 2 stimulators and nothing seems to work. I had the second stim out for a year as both units quit working after a few months. (ANS) brand.
Now I had another disk-o-gram and the radiologist and the neurologist think that the problem is failed back syndrome.
Finally the question. Do you think someone could have a fusion and have the same pain for 5 years? I just think that if they fussed the correct spot the pain would change somewhat, like more or less or different, but it never changed. I now see my family doc for meds and he is great. I've been taking the Tramadol ER 1 a day and endoset as needed max 3 day.
I have some days when I don't need but 1 and other days when I could take the whole bottle and it wouldn't help, so we decided that I should see a pain management doc again. I walked in and after reading my charts and before he examined me he said, " it looks like we need to either put a pump in you or maybe you would do better with the new Medtronic 3 lead stimulator" I said no thanks real quick to the pump and he said, "ok after I examine you we can talk about the stimulator". I want pain relief as much as anyone but I've tried 2 stimulators. I think another fusion might help, but to do the same L4-L5 again after no change the first time...I don't know.
If anyone has any ideas please let me know as I don't know what to do.
Thanks very much, Mike