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Old 11-26-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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Spinal Cord Stimulator RSD?

Hi Everybody!

I'm curious if anybody has or has thought of getting the spinal chord stimulator to help treat their RSD.....

My doctor has been recommending it to me for a little over a year now, and since I'm finally getting insurance it's going to be a option for me. I'm very nervous about the whole thing though, I'm 23 years old, so a spinal cord stimulator seems a bit of a drastic step to me.
For the past 10 years I've been fighting RSD with spinal blocks/epidurals which usually work. My rsd...was in remission I guess, for a while I didnt have to mess with it at all.For the past 2 years though it's been getting progressively worse and is starting to spread. The blocks help with about 85% of the pain, but it's still there and now it's in every limb which is why my doctor has been highly recommending the stimulator. I'm just afraid its going to affect my life too much in the sense that I'll be at the doctors office a lot more, always tweaking it.I feel like I'm making a big commitment to this thing at a young age.

Any thoughts? Is the stimulator worth it?

 
Old 11-27-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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Re: Spinal Cord Stimulator RSD?

Hi texmexlex, I just did the trial period for the spinal cord stimulator,2 weeks ago, My insurance company just approved the permanent one this past wednesday. I also have RSD, dec 30 will be a year since I got it from foot surgery, I also did the nerve blocks, physical therapy, so many meds. The nerve blocks only lasted me 3 days each time. I am older 41 years old and also worry about the maintenance on this thing. But I think that no matter what, us RSDers have to maintain what ever options we choose, meds physical therapy so I guess either way I would be at the docs office, at least with the stimulator I will hopefully be able to come off some of my meds. You will do a trial period for the stimulator before they place the permenant one so you can decide if the relief you get from it is worth it for you or not. For me it is. good luck.
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