Well, at least that what the pain management specialist said to me on Monday. Yes, it is a possibility that in the not too distant future that I could be pain free, or at the least be able to reduce the need to take the narcotic drugs that I currently need to get me through my worst days.
This Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) system that the specialist spoke to me about, could be a lifesaver. This SCS is an advanced therapy that may be able to help reduce my chronic pain or even to a certain extent, eliminate it. This device has only been on the market for a few years and is not currently available for use within the US.
But before the implant can be done, there is a trial phase where the leads are still implanted into the spine via an epidural. The only difference is that the controlling device is external, meaning the the leads exit from my back to the device. This trial only lasts for 7 to 14 days and if successful, then the permanent device is implanted.
As I currently don’t have private hospital cover, this system doesn’t come cheap at $45,000. But I need to do more research before committing to it. But if I do want to go ahead with having this system, then it will be at least 12 months before it happens.
Between now and then, I will most likely be doing a 10 day pain management program at St Vincent’s Private Hospital here in Brisbane. But this too like everything else, comes at a cost………