Welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here but glad that you found the forum. One thing you will find here is you are not alone in your pain. Everyone here suffers with pain and each have their own story to tell. It helps most of us to know we are not alone with our pain as it tends to make us feel that way from time to time.
I saw that you are going in for another nerve ablation and I hope this gives you some relief. The problem with those as you know they are temporary if they work and its like putting a bandaide on a sore. I have had them done myself, the one on my neck worked great but the one for the lower back did nothing. Its just one of those things that I call a crap shoot, may work, may not work.
There are others on here that have the SCS implants and have done well and some that did the trial but got no relief. I do hope that you have a good result when you do your trial. There seems to be more and more people doing the trial as it is becoming a popular choice in attempting to get a pain level down. Its worth it if it helps with a persons pain and getting to reduce the amount of medication they take. The key thing is to get some quality life back and be able to function more than before.
I think all of us know where you are coming from with the "just fine" response when someone asks how you are doing. I figure they really don't want to hear how rotten I may be doing. I know at times I get sick of hearing it or even thinking it, lol. For most of us, its just a normal thing to blurt out without even thinking about it. It stops that subject before it ever gets started and you can move on to the next thing.
I am sure the others will pop on as it does get a little slow around here on the weekends. Anyway, wanted to to tell you hello and welcome aboard. Also, if you will use the search feature here at the forum about the SCS, you will get a lot of information that way too. Take care and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.