Can anyone tell me pros and cons for each?
My wife has had chronic back pain for 12 years now, pain that starts in mid spin and radiates down her legs, specifically her right. Everything from accupuncture, pain meds, to hydrocortizone injectiontions have been attempted to help with the pain with little or no avail.
Her current doctor, #9 in the long list, says she has osteoperosis, bulging disks, degenerative back disease yadda yadda.... and has talked my wife into having a pain pump installed. So, for 6 months now we have investigated all the pros and cons of having such a device installed. This was due to happen this Thursday Oct. 25.
Here is the catch... while going through prescreening process, the doctors assistant informs my wife @ 6pm the night before the device is to be implanted, that she will not be getting the pain pump, but would be getting the spinal stimulator. She currently has a Bladder Stimulator installed and has had nothing but problems with it. Every 7 seconds the electric pulse that is generated draws the toes of her right foot up, has had numberous infections of the bladder due to the device and can't stand the "electric shock" feeling it generates to her nervous system.
Keeping an open mind, we rushed home, did internet research and called every person we know with questions. I have come across very little encouraging information that has permitted me from keeping quiet about my concerns with this. Needless to say, we have cancelled the surgery that was due to take place 3 hours ago.
Can anyone PLEASE help with some kind of input here.
Published On: October 25, 2007