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Thread: CES L3/L4 - Meds and Spinal Cord Stim

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    Atlanta, Georgia

    Unhappy CES L3/L4 - Meds and Spinal Cord Stim

    I am plummeting into an abyss of PAIN

    I have Cauda Equina Syndrome (L3/L4 Disc Rupture)
    I have paralysis in the backs of both legs (calves/hams/glutes), along with really messed up bowel/bladder/sexual systems.

    I am eight years post op and just in the last six months my pain has greatly increased and has gotten the upper hand. Over the last eight years when I have read this forum and others I have felt grateful that my CES was 'minor' and have admired the spirit, bravery, and resolve of others. Now I am crying for help.

    I went to a Pain Management Doctor today (2 month wait)
    My meds prior to the appointment were:
    Gabapentin: 300mg 6 times/day
    Oxycodone 10/325 1.5 times/day (at night)
    Ambien 10mg (to get to sleep amidst the pain)

    He prescribed:
    Gralise 3x600mg after dinner (Timed released Gab) to replace the Gabapenten
    Elavil 20mg/day

    and said that I would be a good candidate for a Spinal Cord Stimulator (gave me a pamphlet and dvd to watch).

    I would like to know how others with Cauda Equina Syndrome are dealing with pain and if anyone has experience with Spinal Cord Stimulation.

    Ron Swann

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    I have ces almost three years. I have been recomended to have the stimulater installed also. Read alot here and it seems like a coin toss, some like, some think it's junk. I don't like the idea of another operation. I think I'm lucky as you were for years with only minor pain compared to most here (except the shocks), anyways Lyrica and Tramadol are working for now. I hope you find some relief.

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