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Have new Spinal Column Stimulator - feeling good!

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    Posted: Dec/04/2017 at 1:16pm
Hello everyone,
Sorry I haven't been here for awhile, busy chasing to doctors, oral surgeon for work on implants, pain doctor for SCS trial which was very successful, had 2nd facet joint injection first which didn't help like first one three months ago, and permanent SCS implant last Monday, a week today.  Before I went for this, I also finished all my Christmas shopping and wrapping, tree up and baked 18 cheesecakes for Christmas giveaways because I knew I couldn't do those things with the restrictions.  I usually bake a whole bunch of cookies but cheesecakes were faster this year for me to bake and freeze. Family will be here for Christmas but I get plenty of help.  It has been such a blessed relief for my low back pain and nerve pain down my legs.  I still have restrictions for another 4 to 5 weeks, no bending, twisting, hands over head, reaching etc. They don't want to take a chance on the leads migrating.  If that happened I would have to have neurosurgeon put them back in the trouble areas and start over with the restrictions.  Scar tissue will form around them keeping them in place.  I just use my grabber stick if I drop something and John is right there helping me whenever I need help.  I go back to see the neurosurgeon next Tuesday, two weeks after I had it, for him to check my incisions.  One incision about 2-3 inches middle of my back on my spine where they did a small laminectomy to attach paddle leads that attach to battery where other incision is about 2 -3 inches also.  Everything is internal.  My battery is non chargeable but should last anywhere from five to seven years according to the rep and how much voltage I was using during trial. The incisions really smarted in the beginning, thank goodness for Norco, but taking less and less of it.   Sometimes its hard for me to believe this device works so well, haven't felt any nerve pain whatsoever since the rep from St. Jude Medical turned it on and I suffered with a lot of it and the low back pain when I would walk any distances. I will meet with rep probably end of week for him to tweak the programs and even improve them more.  One program when on feels like a TENS unit inside out, only way I can describe it with the stimulation and the other program called BURST there is no feeling at all from the SCS, just total relief for my legs and back.  Surgery for it took about two hours, out with anesthetic, and when I came home, still had nerve pain as rep turned it on the next day.  He doesn't like to do it day of surgery because of anesthesia, I might not remember what he would be telling me being a little groggy.  I came home same day. 
They sure put you thru steps though, you have to go for a psyc evaluation before the trial. No problem with that.  I'm just hoping this lasts for a LONG time, maybe I will have a 2018 pain free year!  I told my kids when they come for Christmas, house will not be as spotless as I like it, but they are just glad and happy their Mom is pain free!  I wish everyone on this site could benefit from an SCS because I hope 2018 is a good year for everyone in the pain free area.
underactive thyroid 20 years, history of kidney stones, had lithotripsy eight or nine times thru the past 30 years.
Had left knee drained twice in past year, prednisone injection afterwards in knee. Had prednisone injection month before 2nd spinal surgery but no draining - all due to arthritis.
spinal surgery 7/07 with fusing L3-L5, spinal stenosis, DDD
7mm anterolisthesis of L4 on L5
Lots and lots of nerve pain down legs.
2nd spinal surgery 1/20/15 Post lumbar L2/3 fusion XLIF L2/3. Admission diagnosis:
Degeneration of lumbar or lumbosacral intervertebral disc(degeneration of lumbar disc-radiculitis-_
Thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, unspecified. Other musculoskeletal symptoms referable to limbs(729.89)
Spinal stenosis, lumbar region, without neurogenic claudication. s/p an post spinal fusion, s/p ant post spinal fusion
3/16 double knee arthoscopic surgery due to torn meniscus in each knee and gel injections in each - toxic allergic reaction in left knee from gel.
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What a great post to wake up to! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on feeling so much better.
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Thanks Bailey, I just hope it lasts.  Lots of people seem to have problems with them after having them for awhile but a lot of people don't,  just blessed relief!  Here's hoping I fall into the second group, no problems! Technology sure has come a long way.
underactive thyroid 20 years, history of kidney stones, had lithotripsy eight or nine times thru the past 30 years.
Had left knee drained twice in past year, prednisone injection afterwards in knee. Had prednisone injection month before 2nd spinal surgery but no draining - all due to arthritis.
spinal surgery 7/07 with fusing L3-L5, spinal stenosis, DDD
7mm anterolisthesis of L4 on L5
Lots and lots of nerve pain down legs.
2nd spinal surgery 1/20/15 Post lumbar L2/3 fusion XLIF L2/3. Admission diagnosis:
Degeneration of lumbar or lumbosacral intervertebral disc(degeneration of lumbar disc-radiculitis-_
Thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, unspecified. Other musculoskeletal symptoms referable to limbs(729.89)
Spinal stenosis, lumbar region, without neurogenic claudication. s/p an post spinal fusion, s/p ant post spinal fusion
3/16 double knee arthoscopic surgery due to torn meniscus in each knee and gel injections in each - toxic allergic reaction in left knee from gel.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stevie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2017 at 10:27am
Great news Renee!!!

The SCS has come a long way since we started our site. I honestly believe that you will have very ongoing positive results as you’re doing so well now. Please keep us posted and have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

Please donate to help Chronicpainsite.com continue to help others.

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Thanks Stevie, so far so good.  Trying to wean myself off of pain pills, still get some pain from incisions and lower back at times but nothing like I had.  Only thing driving me crazy are the restrictions for the next four to five weeks, no hands above head, no stretching no bending no twisting, etc.  They want the leads to settle in even though they are attached when they did a small laminectomy to attach but there is always that chance if I moved the wrong way they could move also and that wouldn't be good for me.  All in all, I don't regret my decision to go ahead with it.  The surgeon that did the surgery that failed is not for SCS but decided to be my own advocate on this one.
Hope your Christmas is merry and that Santa is good to you!
underactive thyroid 20 years, history of kidney stones, had lithotripsy eight or nine times thru the past 30 years.
Had left knee drained twice in past year, prednisone injection afterwards in knee. Had prednisone injection month before 2nd spinal surgery but no draining - all due to arthritis.
spinal surgery 7/07 with fusing L3-L5, spinal stenosis, DDD
7mm anterolisthesis of L4 on L5
Lots and lots of nerve pain down legs.
2nd spinal surgery 1/20/15 Post lumbar L2/3 fusion XLIF L2/3. Admission diagnosis:
Degeneration of lumbar or lumbosacral intervertebral disc(degeneration of lumbar disc-radiculitis-_
Thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, unspecified. Other musculoskeletal symptoms referable to limbs(729.89)
Spinal stenosis, lumbar region, without neurogenic claudication. s/p an post spinal fusion, s/p ant post spinal fusion
3/16 double knee arthoscopic surgery due to torn meniscus in each knee and gel injections in each - toxic allergic reaction in left knee from gel.
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