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I have been living with CP for almost three years now and during that time I was a walking pharmacy with all the pain medicines (Morphine, Dilaudid, Oxycontin, Percocet, etc.) I then wised up and went to see a pain specialist and it was decided to implant a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS). The SCS is implanted in the lower back area and 32 small electrodes are attached to the spinal cord. What the SCS does is tell the brain you do not feel pain, you feel a tingling sensation. It does not cure or stop the CP, but it can give you a better quality of life. With the SCS, I have a remote that can be programmed with several settings and lets me change the area of focus as you know the pain from CP seems to effect every part of the body. The SCS does not work for everyone one, but prior to the full implant a test period of the device is done for about 2 weeks to see if it will work. It can hopefully get you off of the strong opitate painkillers. I also would encourage patients to question their doctors as many in the medical community try to write of CP as being something else. Finally, I would encourge everyone to use this site as it offers a great exchange of information and the support of people going through the same things.
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