eregloMemberOctober 27, 2012 at 11:00 amPost count: 2
Hello, I’m writing you for my mom; she’s a 68 year old black female who has been experiencing lower back pain for many years now. She has a deteriorating disc which has been causing her significant pain. She wants to try out the Neurostimulator or the intrathecal drug pump. Please contact me as to any promising information that would assist her in relieving her pain. Also, do you know how much either of these devices cost and if Medi-Care would pay for them?
MarvinDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorOctober 27, 2012 at 11:14 pmPost count: 8460
If your mother has significant pain from a deteriorating disc and has failed typical initial care (medications, therapy and activity alterations), she might be a candidate for spine surgery. Neurostimulators and pain pumps are only for patients that have failed surgery or are not surgical candidates. I am not sure if Medicare covers implantable stimulators. She needs a good looking over by a spine surgeon.
Dr. CorenmaneregloMemberOctober 29, 2012 at 10:54 amPost count: 2
Thanks Doctor for getting back with me on this topic. I don’t have any solutions as to how effective this procedure will be as she is currently on a lot of pain meds. If anything, i would like to have her stop taking those meds as they are causing her more problems, memory lost, restriction of stool and fatigue.
MarvinDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorOctober 29, 2012 at 6:19 pmPost count: 8460
Unfortunately, those side effects you mention do occur in about 20-30% of patients who take those medications. I hope she has undergone a good therapy rehabilitation program by a skilled spine therapist. Again, a consultation by a spine surgeon would be the next step.
Dr. CorenmanAlbertDisuzaMemberNovember 18, 2012 at 7:36 pmPost count: 26
I want to know if there are any ways to cleanse the body from the effects of these pain killers which one has to have due to back pain, arthritis, etc. Thanks for any replies.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 18, 2012 at 8:57 pmPost count: 8460
The medication effects of these pain killers is generally gone within 24 hours. The changes the body makes in response to these pain killers can take as long as one week to re-regulate. There is no need to try to detoxify as the body will do that on its own.
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