Scs Battery--Healing

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rena2020
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   Posted 9/14/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
hello again everyone!

i had my scs implant july 23, i am now going to physical therapy because i am not getting any relief, actually, it hurts when i have it on. i have so much pain in my left foot and ankle, that when it is on it is making it worse.

my physical therapist told me today that she really does not know what she can do for me because where they placed my battery is so swollen and she is unable to have me do certain exercises she would usually do for someone.

i guess my question is, is it normal for that area, ( my butt is where it is placed) to still be so swollen? the only relief that i get is ice on for 15 minutes.

thanks for reading my post and i hope that everyone out there that is in pain, that we all get better soon :)

have a good evening :)

Tirzah
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   Posted 9/14/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine was swollen b/c I got a keloid scar. I had a kenalog injection for that. Plus my dermatologist gave me a topical steroid (Clobex) and recommended scar guard. The keloid was horribly painful. It fed into nerves running to my hip & down my leg. Very painful!

But it could well be an infection. In any case, I'd have a doc look at it. It should not be badly swollen. A little swollen, but not horrible after almost 8 weeks. Keep doing the ice, but definitely get it looked at.

feel better,
frances

rena2020
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   Posted 9/15/2010 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Frances!!!

I am going to have it looked at on the 23rd of this month.

Have a good day

Tirzah
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   Posted 9/15/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to say that the pain/lack of relief may be completely unrelated to the swelling. Get the swelling down first, but you also may need to go for a whole bunch of reprogrammings to get it working in the right area to cover your pain. Try not to get too discouraged about all the reprogramming sessions. It just takes a while. ;)

The one thing that I absolutely cannot recommend, but I did it anyways b/c things just got too desperate was I saw an osteopath. He manipulated the battery to move it slightly. Doing something crazy like that can ruin the product, void the warranty, etc. but sometimes we need to be able to make those choices. For me, since I'm underweight, there wasn't a good fat pocket to place the battery in. My PM did a good job, but in spite of that there was a nerve that was being crushed between my pelvic bone & the battery -- especially when sitting or lying down, but also if I was wearing heavier pants (cords or jeans or flannel lined pants). After treating the keloid & using the topical steroid and eventually switching to a topical NSAID (Voltaren gel) there was still pain in certain positions. The osteopath was able to get me a bit more relief so that everything except lying down on the floor was as comfortable as pre-op.

Now I love my SCS. It's not perfect. It definitely has downsides, but mostly it's helpful. I still can't do a ton of physical activity & have flunked out of PT several times, but it is a whole lot better. :)

well wishes,
frances

rena2020
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   Posted 9/23/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Goodness....

Went to pain management doctor today ( 2 month check) my rep was also there.

I was told that they are going to probably reposition my battery, it's in the butt! I guess that it is trying to push its way out, very, very painful. Also, he took an x-ray and saw that my paddle has moved, and that will have to be corrected as well. So.......do I really want to go thru this surgery again?????

Just wondering if anyone else out there has ever had to have a second surgery

thanks a lot everyone

rena
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