Originally Posted by Camille1965
My doctor wants to implant a Dorsal Spinal Stimulator for my lumber spine. Has anyone had one and do they work? I've had failed spine surgery and have been on morphine for three years. Right now, I'm trying to reduce my morphine level and suffering terribly. I also need surgery for a problem with my cervical spine that they say will paralysis me from the neck down. I'm fed up with doctors, drugs, and operations. I can no longer work at my occupation as a writer.
Camille, Sorry you are in such a scary situation. I know how frustrating it is to let go of the "old you" and learn to cope in the world of chronic pain. Please don't give up! My doc has ordered a spinal cord stim implant (SCSI) recently,too. My best advice: Educate yourself about SCSI's first. Here are some helpful links; Advanced Pain Management Techniques: An Overview of Neurostimulation
(http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/473431); Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain Management
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat6.section.1307); A prospective, randomized study of spinal cord stimulation versus reoperation for failed back surgery syndrome: initial results
Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 1994. 62: 267-272. (PubMed) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=C itation&list_uids=7631080).
Also try Medtronic home page for tech details on the devices they have.
Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Any special ways you have found to help you cope, or make life easier would be greatly appreciated.