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Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:17 pm
by Fishfood
Wishing you success and also a suggestion. Have you tried acupuncture while reducing the Methadone? After three spinal surgeries I had horrible withdrawal from the opioids. It was only acupuncture that finally ended the physical dependence. I've tried acupuncture for many things in my life since it's covered by my insurance and at the very least, I feel relaxed after. The only thing it every completely knocked out was the opioid dependence.

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:32 pm
by debbluebird
Fishfood wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:17 pm
Wishing you success and also a suggestion. Have you tried acupuncture while reducing the Methadone? After three spinal surgeries I had horrible withdrawal from the opioids. It was only acupuncture that finally ended the physical dependence. I've tried acupuncture for many things in my life since it's covered by my insurance and at the very least, I feel relaxed after. The only thing it every completely knocked out was the opioid dependence.
I tired it years ago. It hurt like crazy. I am so pain sensitive. Also not sure if insurance would cover it.
I am stopping the methadone today. It will take a week for it to get out of my system. I talked to my stimulator rep today. It was my decision to stop today. I wanted it out of my system. We will work to find the right position with the stimulator. Then I will deal with the gabapentin. I took it last night so I could get some sleep. They stimulator worked before and it will work again.

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:31 pm
by ViewsAskew
Acupuncture drove my RLS crazy, lol.

Deb - hope it goes well!

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:26 pm
by debbluebird
It hasn't been easy. I am now off methadone. I have another few days before it is totally out of my body but I think the worst withdrawals are over. I was up all night Wednesday but I feel better today. I know it wouldn't be easy.
I had to add back gabapentin but only 600 mg am and pm. I have been on a higher dose of that before. I think I will decrease that when I can. Stimulator was adjusted at pain Doctors appt today. Things are good !

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:34 pm
by ViewsAskew
debbluebird wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:26 pm
It hasn't been easy. I am now off methadone. I have another few days before it is totally out of my body but I think the worst withdrawals are over. I was up all night Wednesday but I feel better today. I know it wouldn't be easy.
I had to add back gabapentin but only 600 mg am and pm. I have been on a higher dose of that before. I think I will decrease that when I can. Stimulator was adjusted at pain Doctors appt today. Things are good !

YAY!

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:43 pm
by badnights
Now you will have some peace in your life
- BIG HUG -

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:35 am
by debbluebird
This is not an easy thing to go through, but it is worth it to me. We are still working out which program and level will work best for me. It is getting better. It through a monkey wrench into everything when It weaned off the methadone.

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:47 pm
by ViewsAskew
I can imagine that getting off the methadone has been a bit troublesome!

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:46 am
by debbluebird
Spinal Cord Stimulation for Restless Legs Syndrome: Case Series and Mechanistic Hypothesis
Abstract

Background: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a well-established therapy for chronic pain syndromes, with growing applicability to other conditions. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a widespread, chronic movement disorder managed primarily and incompletely by medication, and its etiology can be classified as idiopathic or secondary.

Methods: Three patients underwent SCS implantation for chronic back and/or leg pain with concomitant targeting of RLS: (1) a 34-year-old man with sporadic RLS symptoms that strongly intensified after military-related spinal fractures, (2) a 54-year-old man with RLS likely secondary to meralgia paresthetica, and (3) a 42-year-old man with low back and right lower extremity pain after a military motor vehicle accident.

Results: Continuing through 40-month, 2-month, and 28-month follow-ups, respectively, the patients experienced exemplary relief of their RLS symptoms. Notably in the case of patient 1, this benefit appears separate from his pain relief, as during the 5-month period directly after surgery but before adjusted targeting, he only experienced pain alleviation.

Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of using SCS as a potentially long-lasting, safe, and highly effective therapy for RLS of mixed etiology. Additionally, 2 patients with RLS possibly secondary to chronic pain also benefited from the therapy. This success may be due to increased inhibition from hypothalamic cells controlling dopaminergic input to the spine.

Keywords: Chronic pain; Neuromodulation; Restless legs syndrome; Spinal cord stimulation.

Link:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3094722 ... %20therapy.

I wanted to share.

Re: Spinal Stimulator

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:31 pm
by Polar Bear
Debbluebird - Thank you for this, it is always good to hear of some positives.