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    anyone had implants put in to help foot pain?

    Ok, so I went to my foot Dr. today and told the lyrica had not really done much at all for the pain. He want's me to go to a pain management Dr, and was talking about a implant that goes in the spinal cord, "but runs about like a pace-maker" which causes confusion?? in the brain so that you don't really feel the pain in your feet. said they have to change the battery about every 10 yrs or so. I was wondering if anyone here has gone through theis procedure? and how it has worked. If it would cause the pain to go away I thinking I might just like the idea, however I don't like the thought of having anything put in the spinal canal. he said it was about like having a epidural done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duge View Post
    Ok, so I went to my foot Dr. today and told the lyrica had not really done much at all for the pain. He want's me to go to a pain management Dr, and was talking about a implant that goes in the spinal cord, "but runs about like a pace-maker" which causes confusion?? in the brain so that you don't really feel the pain in your feet. said they have to change the battery about every 10 yrs or so. I was wondering if anyone here has gone through theis procedure? and how it has worked. If it would cause the pain to go away I thinking I might just like the idea, however I don't like the thought of having anything put in the spinal canal. he said it was about like having a epidural done.
    Hi Duge,

    Sorry you are having so much pain with your feet, I know how you feel. There are several of us here who have had a spinal cord stimulator implanted a/k/a dorsal column stimulator. Metronycguy, Bollefen, and myself to name a few off the top of my head. Unfortunatly the permanent implant did not give any real lasting pain reduction. In my case it helped a slight amount for a few weeks and eventually the stimulator itself became a source of pain.

    In no case does it make the pain go away, the best they hope for is a reduction of pain. The doctor will/should tell you that up front. They will send you home with a dvd to watch about "how you can get your life back" remember it is MARKETING material.

    There is a 50-50 chance it will help. If it reduces pain by 50% then it is considered a success. The Trial for a SCS would be like an Epidural, but the Permanent implant would depend on what type of lead your doctor decides to use, and requires surgery. Here is a website that you can get more info on SCS
    http://professional.medtronic.com/th...d-stimulation/

    My Pain Management Doctor recommended the device and then referred me to a Functional Neurosurgeon for the actual surgery itself.

    The life of the battery is not 10 years, it is more like 5-7 years (which does mean surgery to replace). Pacemakers last 10 but do not use as much electricity as SCS. Depending on the program you need it could be shorter (3 yrs) SCS are now rechargable which helps them last longer. About once a week or less, you sit down, with a device plugged into the wall, and recharge yourself like a dang cell phone! LOL

    Get lots of information like you are doing before you make your decision. You can google search here on CC for more info too (but you probably have already done that ) I hope others who have had SCS implants see this and reply...
    Last edited by Still Learning; 06-17-2010 at 08:09 PM.
    The IceDragon Avatar best represents my constant Freezing yet Burning Pain...not to mention all the other sensations that come with neuro pain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Learning View Post
    Hi Duge,

    Sorry you are having so much pain with your feet, I know how you feel. There are several of us here who have had a spinal cord stimulator implanted a/k/a dorsal column stimulator. Metronycguy, Bollefen, and myself to name a few off the top of my head. Unfortunatly the permanent implant did not give any real lasting pain reduction. In my case it helped a slight amount for a few weeks and eventually the stimulator itself became a source of pain.

    In no case does it make the pain go away, the best they hope for is a reduction of pain. The doctor will/should tell you that up front. They will send you home with a dvd to watch about "how you can get your life back" remember it is MARKETING material.

    There is a 50-50 chance it will help. If it reduces pain by 50% then it is considered a success. The Trial for a SCS would be like an Epidural, but the Permanent implant would depend on what type of lead your doctor decides to use, and requires surgery. Here is a website that you can get more info on SCS
    http://professional.medtronic.com/th...d-stimulation/

    My Pain Management Doctor recommended the device and then referred me to a Functional Neurosurgeon for the actual surgery itself.

    The life of the battery is not 10 years, it is more like 5-7 years (which does mean surgery to replace). Pacemakers last 10 but do not use as much electricity as SCS. Depending on the program you need it could be shorter (3 yrs) SCS are now rechargable which helps them last longer. About once a week or less, you sit down, with a device plugged into the wall, and recharge yourself like a dang cell phone! LOL

    Get lots of information like you are doing before you make your decision. You can google search here on CC for more info too (but you probably have already done that ) I hope others who have had SCS implants see this and reply...
    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! I was hoping someone had already done this. he said it worked for about 70% of people and I was wondering if it would be worth it. I've actually come to the conclusion that the pain is going to be there no matter what so............... after it gets to hurting so bad I just have to lay down and kinda re-charge myself lol. I really DO hate the thought about having something put in my spinal cord!!!!! that's NOT suppose to be there!
    Thanks again!!!!!!!!

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    I had never heard of such a thing. We are so new at this and no real specialists in our area.
    Duge, I don't blame you for not wanting something put in your spinal cord. If it was100% and people who had it were raving about it, it would be different.
    I feel so frustrated there is nothing better for this pain. I watch my husband suffer.

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    I had not heard of it either until yesterday, but now I am NOT liking it as well. If it were 100% it would be different, but it's NOT! he told me about 70 got some relief and it sounded good but just NOT sure if it's worth it!!!!!!!!!!! especially if you got to go get the battery's replaced very often! I have been on the fentanyl patch and have tried Lyrica, neither one of those have helped with the pain so...................

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