SCS Implant Trial

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rena2020
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 6/9/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I went for my SCS trial today! I was pretty nervous, but the nursed said that it would not be that bad! I was given a 10mg of Valium the night before and another on one hour prior to my procedure. During the actual procedure I did not experience that much pain. about 5 minutes after the doctor was done, my pain set in and I mean it was A LOT of pain. My sister had to help me get in the car, which was difficult, but then the ride home was very uncomfortable for me.

The Boston Scientific representative was there during the procedure and explains how to use the SCS and what you limitations you will have to follow. Also, he will call me everyday during my trial to see how I am doing.

Some Tips......

Where a button down top, since you cannot lift you arms above your head

Bring a pillow for the ride home

Buy a Grabber so when you drop something on the floor you will be able to pick it up

Buy stool sofentners

Take you meds before your pain gets too bad

Well this will end the first day of my journey and I will keep everyone posted, so if anyone is considering the SCS implant, I will be more than happy to answer anything I can.

BTW.... the SCS implant is working great so far!

rena2020
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   Posted 6/10/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon,

Today is day 2 of my SCS trial. I am doing a lot better today, the only pain I have is the injection site. It is very difficult to try to get in and out of bed my myself, tomorrow I am having a nice recliner delivered so that should be a bit more comfortable. I did have to go to doc today, because I was having a difficult time with one of the meds that he gave me (nucynta, which has only been on market for a year) he told me stop taking it and that he will remove my trial on Monday and that the Implant surgery could be within the next few weeks. It will be bitter-sweet to give the trial up because of the relief that I get from it. My percocet that I am taking, 10mg every four hours, I have been able to decrease it a lot with the trial. YEA!!! So far all is going pretty well with this!

damouthy1
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   Posted 6/10/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
That's awesome Rena, so glad you are getting some relief! Welcome to healing well and I hope you keep coming back. Keep us posted on your progress, it sounds like this will be a good thing for you! Take care.
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon
 
Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraine disorder (with and without aura), GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety
Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines


bluejet2
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   Posted 6/10/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rena:

I have had a Medtronics SCS for over 10 years, and although I've had my share of complications with it, I wouldn't give it up for the world. I am glad that you are getting good relief with it!

Lorie

leftie1
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad you are doing better. This is my first time on the forum. My dr. says the SCS is my last resort. I have had migraines for many years, than one day 2 years ago they never stopped. I have been on so many different meds., different procedures and none have worked. I am interested in knowing more about what caused you to get the SCS, what limitations they gave you after the trial. My dr. says it's in my neck so that is where they will put the leads. I have heard about some of the limitations and it doen't sound good for me because I live on a ranch. It is a big dilima. Thanks,

Leftie1

rena2020 said...
Good Afternoon,

Today is day 2 of my SCS trial. I am doing a lot better today, the only pain I have is the injection site. It is very difficult to try to get in and out of bed my myself, tomorrow I am having a nice recliner delivered so that should be a bit more comfortable. I did have to go to doc today, because I was having a difficult time with one of the meds that he gave me (nucynta, which has only been on market for a year) he told me stop taking it and that he will remove my trial on Monday and that the Implant surgery could be within the next few weeks. It will be bitter-sweet to give the trial up because of the relief that I get from it. My percocet that I am taking, 10mg every four hours, I have been able to decrease it a lot with the trial. YEA!!! So far all is going pretty well with this!

leftie1
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   Posted 7/12/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Sharon,

I saw your posting to rena2020. Do you have a SCS and if so has it helped?

Leftie1

damouthy1 said...
That's awesome Rena, so glad you are getting some relief! Welcome to healing well and I hope you keep coming back. Keep us posted on your progress, it sounds like this will be a good thing for you! Take care.


rena2020
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 7/13/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i go on the 23rd of july for my implant! i will keep everyone posted, i have high hopes with it!!

take care

rena

rena2020
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   Posted 7/16/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
well... like i said i was scheduled of july 23 for the scs implant, however, i went for my pre-op blood work and my white blood cell count came back 11.8. so i have to get rechecked on this monday to see if it has come down any so they will be able to do surgery.

will keep you posted, wish me luck )

peleegal
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   Posted 7/17/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Rena,
I got mine implanted on April 12. The trial worked great. I was so excited to get my permanent implant. Just be prepared that when they say 3 months recovery, It will be 3 months recovery. I am still having quiet a bit of pain and its been 3 months. Mine is the full length of my spine, I have 2 leads implanted. It goes from C-3 all the way down. So maybe because it affects my whole spinal cord, that's whats taking so long to heal, but I'm still hopeful that its gonna start working like the trial did. Just be sure to take it easy when they say to take it easy. Also, be sure you talk to your reps and make changes to the program as often as you can to make it comfortable and to work as you can.
Carole

rena2020
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   Posted 7/19/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
good news! my pmc doctor cleared me for surgery! july 23 is my big day!

i will be spending one night in the hospital and then home for the long recovery

thanks

rena

rena2020
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   Posted 7/19/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
carole,

hope you are doing well and that your pain level has decreased!

do you have any hints that will help me, especially the first week or so.

i am currently taking 10mg oxcydone, which just takes the edge off, sometimes. i am hoping that my surgeon gives me something a little bit stronger, especially for the first week, if not, i will end up back in the hospital

have a great day

rena

LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/20/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad everyones implants have worked so far and Rena I hope yours goes well. I will be getting mine soon also. After my layoff then transfer to my husbands insurance then I will get it. It is also my last resort and hopefully mine will work well like the others.

Keep us posted on all your implants

Laurie
Kidney Diseases and Disorders
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39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........


skeye
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   Posted 7/20/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Laurie,

Have you gone through a trial yet? I don't remember.

Rena,

Glad to hear that you will be able to go ahead with the internalization as scheduled.

Skeye

rena2020
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   Posted 7/21/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
syeke,
thanks! as i said earlier, my big day is friday, july 23

i will keep everyone posted on how it all goes

my biggest concern is managing my pain

i just hope that my surgeon gives me something stronger than what my pm doc has me on, because it hardly controls my pain now, so i know that my pain will be a lot worse after surgery

hope you have a good evening

rena
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