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rena2020
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   Posted 6/15/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
would anyone have any advise on staying overnight is the hospital after the SCS implant? i know that everyones pain is different, but my thinking is that in the hospital they will be able to control my pain for the first night better than i could at home,

thanks
rena )

flowery
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   Posted 6/15/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure what an SCS implant is but... they can't make you leave if your pain ...or if you ask to stay.
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White Beard
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   Posted 6/15/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
rena2020

I posted on your other one, but yes I think it would probably be best if your insurance will approve it, and your right if you have any major pain issues that could take care of it right away! I personally think that to many things are preformed as an out patient basis, and they shouldn't be! But that is just my humble oppinion!

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/16/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Rena,
 
     I sure hope they keep you over night. The idea of you having one implanted for an outpatient procedure is VERY frightening to say the least!!! And yes, I would think the hospital would be able to control you pain rather well. But, please keep us post about how you are doing! You are in our hearts here.
 
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rena2020
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   Posted 7/30/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
PLEASE stay in the hospital for at least one night!!! i had mine (paddles) om July 23 and battery in butt because i did npt have enough fat at hip area. it is the worse pain i have ever had in my life. had jaw surgery three times, hystarectomy and several other surgeries and this is by far the worse. they have me on percocet 10 mg every 4 hours, oxycotin 40 mg twice a day and valium 10mg every 4 hours. i almost went to hospital first night home by ambulance, but i did not think i could get on the ambulance. it takes two people thirty minutes later to get on couch. wow! never thought it would be like this.

Tirzah
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   Posted 7/30/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you give more details about what unit you're getting & what kind of leads you're getting implanted? Some SCS implants need to be monitored for a period b/c they are more major surgery. Other implants are very minor & you can be released about an hour post-op (without sedation) or a couple hours post-op (with sedation).

take care,
frances

PS -- Based on other experiences (I did SCS with leads, no paddles, without sedation & was released 60 minutes post-op), the hospital people are not always wonderful at managing pain. Some are, others are lousy. I've gone to the hospital 3 times for severe pain (1-2 weeks stay each time) & one time they took great care of me, one time they were only slightly better than my normal pain level, and one time they accused me of all sorts of things & wouldn't even let me take my normal amount of medication. That last time they couldn't understand how someone could be in pain sitting or standing, but be fairly quiet about their pain while lying down. Obviously they had little to no training in how nerve pain works.
If you have to stay for monitoring, that's totally different; to stay just because you want better pain relief may or may not work out for you.

Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 7/30/2010 3:57:43 PM (GMT-6)


rena2020
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   Posted 7/30/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It was a BS unit in upper back seven inches and five inch in butt for battery. My doc was out of town sat and Sunday. His PA released me. I was on morphine pump, blood pressure was 85/47. They should not have released me. Saw my doc on Wednesday and he said it was major surgery and I should have stayed until Monday I had no idea it would be this bad. Hopefully, each day will get better. I sleep three hours a night

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   Posted 7/30/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG Rena,

I am so sorry that you are going through this much pain to find pain relief. I had thought about asking my PM about an SCS, but I never want any more surgery that is not ABSOLUTELY necessary. I understand wanting to try almost anything to relieve pain, but you have given me an insight to what I do NOT want to do.

I feel so bad for you right now and I hope things improve very quickly!
Retired Mom

Tirzah
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   Posted 7/30/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Rena,
So sorry. I didn't realize you were posting an update to your own earlier question. That's really awful about what happened. I thought they ALWAYS kept people who had paddles implanted for observation. And the fact that your bp was so low should have alone been reason enough to keep you.

What an awful experience. I hope they can at least get your SCS programmed properly so you can get some relief from it.

best wishes,
frances

rena2020
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
well today is sunday, august 1, had my scs implant july 23. i did not think that i was going to make it, however, today i think that i am getting a little better. i am sooo sorry that my post about my pain was kinda rude, but at that time i was ready to give up. yes, with my blood pressure 85/47, they should not have released me until my levels came up to normal. my doctor told me on wednesday at his office that he told the hospital that he wanted me to stay in until monday. However, the nurse told me at 6 am the morning after surgery that my insurance would only let me stay for 23 hours. my doctor was beyond furious. he said that he will be contacting the hospital and report the nurse that told me to go home. my doc was out of town for the week-end so his PA released me, he told me to wiggle my toes, gave me my Rx's and that was that, he never once checked my blood pressure. when you are on a pain pump in the hospital, you feel pretty good, not a lot of pain. i was walking down the hall, went to the bathroom by myself and even got dressed. ( amazing what a pain pump will do for you). my doctor told me that they should have taken me off the pain pump and had given me my drugs orally to see how i was. if they had down that, i know that i would have stayed in the hospital until monday like my doctor wanted.

so, thank everyone for listening to me complain, but sometimes we all need to vent.

my family has been amazing and i am very blessed for them.

good luck to everyone and i am sure that my next post will be a little more cheerful.

thanks,

rena

peleegal
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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Rena,
I'm sorry about what happened to you at the hospital and after your scs implant. I also had an implant put in on April 12. They sent me home about an hour later. It was the most ridiculous pain I have ever been in,in my life. I didn't think they kept implant patients in the hospital. I hadn't found this website until after the procedure was already done. I too almost called an ambulance to get some help, but the thought of having to lay on that hard stretcher and hitting bumps was too excrutiating to even attempt. I stuck it out at home. It is now almost 4 months later, way to many new pain meds to help with all the pain after surgery. Now they may want to go back in and move the leads since I'm not having the same results I had during the trial. I'm petrified to go through this again and then come home. I will not leave the hospital this time. I'm trying to be patient and reading all the good results and just keep thinking that ok, one morning I'm gonna wake up and its actually gonna start working. I wasn't expecting a miracle, I was looking for at least 30-40% pain relief.
Wish all of you good luck.
Carole
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