Nov 13, 2012
In 2010 I started having lower back pain. It got worse by the day and I had to start taking heavy pain killers to deal with the pain. My MRI showed that I had two bulging discs. The doctor had me try physical therapy which did nothing for me. I tried numerous types of medication which also did nothing for me. The pain was gradually getting worse. I was taking 8 hydrocodone 10MG a day to control my pain and sometimes that wasn't even enough. I started to see a pain management doctor who sent me to have an epidural steroid injection. It did NOTHING for my pain. I was at a point where I thought I would never be pain free or off my medication. I decided to see a back surgeon one day. I begged for him to do something to help me. He told me that a fusion and other surgeries were not going to help me but a neurostimulation device may. After looking this over I was very mad. I wanted a doctor to FIX the problem not cover it up. The stim device blocks your pain signals from getting to your brain, therefore you have no pain. I was dead set on having someone fix me for so long. I finally broke down one day and realized there was nothing anyone could do to fix my back. I had started seeing a new pain management doctor who had taken my dosage on hydrocodone down to 3 10mg a day along with a new prescription of Opana ER 10mg 3 times a day. I told my doctor I wanted the stim device. He set me up to have the trial done a few weeks later.
The first two days after having the trial in was sore so I couldn't tell if it was working. On day 4 I went to the zoo with my mother in law and my son. Something I couldn't do on a normal day with my back pain. I couldn't believe that I walked around ALL day and rarely sat down and I had no pain whatsoever. It was probably on of the happiest moments of my life. I had the permanent device implanted in December of 2011. By May of this year I was on the water wakeboarding and doing things that I thought I would never get to do again. I am nearly 100% pain free. I have my days where I'm stiff and sore but I also have arthritis. I just wanted to share my story to encourage others with chronic pain that there is hope!! I would recommend talking to your doctor about this option. I am also off all of my pain medications. I recently finished weaning myself off. It's truly a blessing.