I don't want this to sound discouraging because my pain is in a completely different
location......but over the summer I went through three surgeries to get mine to stay in the proper place. the first one was done by my pain specialist. came out of the surgery with a pounding headache. turns out the probe had found it's way into the spinal fluid and caused a leak. lol my doc went on vacation the next day. so when he got back two weeks later ( me laying flat down in bed to reduce the headache) we tried it again. plugged the tear in the spinal fluid with a blood patch and this time the thing worked to cover the area for about
a day or so then I felt nothing. the silly thing had slipped most of the way out. I was sent to a neurosurgeon to have a different type if probe this one was paddle shaped.
this one stayed in place and I can cover the pain area, but the pain doesn't seem to be nerve related. looks like it might actually be my Crohn's.
to respond to your question as to weather the SCS can cover the pain in the foot I will say in my case I can turn it up to the point I have trouble walking. To me it feels like electrically vibrating pants. it can cover from my toes to my finger tips.
Don't just trust any-ol-MD, get one who has done many many SCS implantations successfully. or one who is highly recommended, unlike
the way I did.
I hope all the best to you. I'll help if I can to answer your questions.
Had problems (pain, bleeding, nausea) since age 13.Dx'd with Crohn's in Spring of 1991. Resection that DecemberBroke the L1(mid back) in 1999went on Remicade in early 2004.Pain Doc believes the LLQ pain are pinched nervesElectrical spinal cord stimulator implant july 3, 17, Aug 27on the third try now.. :( ..
Post Edited (JohnD) : 1/17/2008 11:53:15 AM (GMT-7)