If you have to ask, I can safely assume you don't have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implant. My pain Dr is highly recommending I explore this option further. Will be making the initial Dr consultation appointment soon as my wife's schedule is freeing up and she can accompany me. Not a requirement but I think her outlook , ideas, and opinions are a must. Then we would schedule a psych exam. (Not sure why they need this but it is required). Then a test implant and if that is successful , the final implant of the MedTronics unit. Hope to get rid of my wicked limp and most of the pain killers I take. Kept putting this off until the other day I was talking with a couple I know. The husband had a back surgery and knew I have the same problem. A lady I did not know was standing there and when the wife asked what I had up concerning my back pain , I mentiond the SCS. The lady instantly told me she has had one for 6 years and loves it. Instead of pain she has a slight tingling sensation in her back. My pain Dr is very against lumbar fusions. He says most people are back soon after the fusion with the next disc up ruptured. A real possibility since my lumbars are all bulged. Except for my L4-5-S1 which are ruptured. Also have aruptured T but it is manageble with an occasional epidural. Uo to 15 in my lumbar.