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Back Problems board

I will let you know, that it is probably more like 50 % relief, but still, that is better than I have had in a long time;). When wrote that I thought I was getting 70% relief, that was when I 1st got out of the hospital, was still on all my meds, and i was not driving or going anywhere. Once I started back to work a bit and started moving around, I realized the difference. Pepper-Dr. Sandhu, at Georgetown hospital, did mine and he specializes in complex spine issues. I figured that I couldn't find a specialist that was more perfect for me;). I have had my other surgeries at Fairfax and I will tell you, the after care was so lacking and the 1st time even out right bad. But I wrote it off to the nurses must be under staffed and under paid and there are just too many patients to actually get the care that there should be. I honestly thought this is probably how it is in any hospital. Let me tell you, I could not believe the attention and service that Georgetown gave to their patients. I was shocked. Every morning, the nurse would come in and ea. pt. had a white board on their wall. The nurse would write her name and the techs. name, for that day, would ask you what you wanted your goal for the day to be, and what your description of good service would be. Even when they decided on your room, they asked if you snore...so they would not put you with someone that did. So, it was well worth going a little further out to be treated well.

As for my meds, I have gone off of my Neurontin 100%. I have been completely off of those, for about 2 weeks and have only had 2-3 times that I started to feel the burning sensations beginning. I upped the level on the stimulator and I did not feel the pain again. As for my Oxycontin, I am still taking the dosage that I was on. I was taking 30 mg. twice a day, which from what my dr. says, is a pretty low dose. I have tried cutting it down to 20 mg. and it was fine, as long as I did not go out and do anything. But then I thought it kind of defeated the purpose...which was to get some of my life back.

"did you feel undermedicated prior to the stim?"
I had noticed in the 9 mos. prior to the stim., my meds were beginning to not last as long or not as well, and we were increasing things. 1st, after 2 years of being on the same meds, I increased the pain killer. I got to the point of only sleeping 3-4 hrs. due to excessive pain at night, and my Oxy. was increased just for the PM dosage. Next, the AM dosage was not allowing me to get out of the house to go to work, so that was upped. Then I was getting enough relief until 2 or 3pm (and I couldn't take then next oxy. until 8pm). So, I was given a B/T med. That is when I started worrying about taking these meds for life. Im 45 yrs. old and was already concerned about the affects on my liver etc. over a long term of use. Then when I had to start upping the meds, I realized that this could keep happening. So, it wasn't so much under medicated as it was my body getting use to the meds.

"How about after the stim?"
I do not take my Neurontin any more and I do not use any b/t meds. There have been a few times that I over did something and felt worse than the norm, but I upped the stimulator. I think I have taken a b/t med twice since the stimulator.

Is your doctor a neurologist? Is his first name Faheen ?? If so, he is on my insurance. Yes, this is who did my surgery.

My ave. pain level for my legs prior, was 7 daily and now its 2/3. My ave. pain level for my back, prior, was 7/8 and is now a 5.