Post Edited (skeye) : 5/28/2009 11:25:23 PM (GMT-6)
Oh wow, hate to hear whats going on with the SCS. But, I see a little of the logic involved-SCS is not going to end the pain as we all know-nothing does that, but I do wonder if their thinking is because of the long hours and not taking meds during the day, they may be thinking the SCS would be useless to implant. Its another tool to help fight pain like our meds are. I do not think I am saying this right, its nearly 6am and I have not been to bed, ugh. Maybe they are thinking because of the long hard work hours no meds the majority of the day-the SCS in essence will not be as effective and maybe pretty useless in your situation. Their way of thinking could be a person who takes meds as scheduled and works a normal schedule may get the possible 50% reduction in pain, but that also would depend on the individual.
I do know from personal experience back in the mid 90s when I was having severe neck and back pain, I actually took a year off from work and it helped my pain level a great deal. Nothing helped except high dose shot of decadron every 6 wks, this is what kept me working. Worked great until my BP went stroke line and ended up in the hospital from the steroids was on the shots almost 3 yrs. That ended by steroid career lol. Should not have more than 3 shots in 12 months. I did not know this at the time-it was my wonder drug. I worked 10-12 hours a day, high stress job, brought lots of work home and spent alot of time on the computer and was known to work on weekends if needed. I ended up taking a year off work, mom was dx with terminal lung cancer so I brought her here to take care of her. Even with the stress of that, would you believe my pain level with my neck & back dropped a great deal, to the point of using a very small amt of pain meds a day, usually one at bedtime. Getting out from under the stress of that job was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was able to stop having trigger point injections done every two weeks too. My PM dr saw me after being off one month and he was so excited when he saw me. He said he could tell by looking at my eyes that the pain was greatly reduced. He had been after me for 2 yrs to stop working but I am a bull headed type person. I too could lose myself in my work. My body stayed in one big knot and spasm, sometimes when he did the trigger point injections he could not get the needle in because of the spasms, he said I was like hitting concrete lol.
But, heres to June 8 and you getting the SCS woohoo, I do hope you get some relief with that thing, you just need it. Ya jnow sometimes its like darned if we do and darned if we dont. Susie
Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/29/2009 1:26:32 PM (GMT-6)