Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Spinal Cord Stimulator---Huh?

Many have asked "What were your options?" The doctors unfortunately can't remove the root problem, which is an immense amount of scar tissue tethering my spinal cord and invading my nerve root. If they remove it, it will just grow back. So, they have to give me different options.

#1-Do nothing. If I choose to do nothing, I risk repeat stumbles and falls, I endure daily muscle cramps in the legs and feet, neuropathy, radiculopathy, and pain in the back and legs. My pain levels peak at around an 8 out of 10, and my quality of life is diminished. My connective tissue disease continues to flare, as a reaction to the pain, and fatigue hits an all-time high, with daily naps the norm. I wanted a better life than that!

#2-Implanted Pain Pump. There were many pros and cons with this, and we decided it just wasn't best for me. It works for many, though.

#3-Spinal Cord Stimulator. This would block the pain signals going to the brain by confusing it with electrical impulses. It would help not just the pain, but the neuropathy, and hopefully the muscle cramps (if the cramping is in response to pain). It will NOT cure the problem, and if there is nerve damage, it will not keep me from stumbling and falling. But it will help with my perception of the floor so I can walk better (right now the neuropathy sends me confusing signals about its sensation of the floor or ground and I stumble).


Carrie Liles said...

What a great idea--I will follow as I can--
Love your blog spot. I have tried to create one so I can talk to my kids, but haven't been successful yet.

Will be praying for you.

Diane said...

That is so interesting! There is so much I just don't know. The doctor talked to me about the neuropathy and how I could fall down. I thought he was being extreeme. I have it the result of chemo but nothing so severe at this point - Praise God!!!

Thank you for keeping in touch with this Kathy, we are praying for you!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had a spinal stimulator implanted back in April 05...it has been a life saver for me...I have my life back !!!