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Stimulator for back pain

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Hello dr. Okun,

I'm 51 years old and

I have had Parkinson's for 20 years.

I had DBS at the stn bilaterally in 2007

I spent the last six months with intractable pain diagnose that sciatica as a result of degenerative disc disease in L4 L5.

Apparently I cannot have an MRI.

I want to get some kind of relief as this is a great source of depression for me.

Is it possible to have a spinal stimulator or drug pump along with DBS?

Thank you very much

Edited by JimandKym

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It is possible, but we first get a spinal myelogram to look at the issue as the easier solution might be a disk operation.

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I''m going to throw my two cents in because I think its important.  If you are having problems with your L4/L5 disc, its best to have it repaired.  A stimulator is only going to mask the pain. I have a stimulator and it does work well. I procrastinated for years before I had my back repaired.  My problem was originally a bad L5/S1 disc.  Because I waited so many years the L4/L5 disc collapsed and L1 through L4 were showing a tremendous amount of wear and tear. My back surgery was 10 years ago and since my back has been stabilized, the degeneration has been slowed down.


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