Hello, I know there are some other threads and I have read some of them, but I do have some questions that maybe some of you can answer for me.
Brief, Brief history. I have had back problems since I was 20 years old and in a head on car wreck. I have the following vertebrea either herniated or partially herniated.C5, L4, L5 and S1.
I also have what they call some type of Immune system arthritis and possibly other minor types of arthritis. The Immune type attacks my soft tissues and causes inflammation in my ankles, feet , knees and sometimes hands. That along with Digenerative Disc Disease. (which I think is just arthritis in the spine).
Anyway, I played football, and baseball in Highschool, had the wreck at age 20. ... lived hard and adventerous playing all sports from Rugbee to Competitive National League Softball for way too many years. I hurt for a long time during it and stupidly didn't stop until, well, it stopped me
Anyway, sorry to go on and on, I am a 40 year old male with a 4 and 6 year old boys that go and go and go. Well, about 4 years ago it all got worse.
Real long story short, I have tried it all and I can't get rid of back pain or my leg and feet pain. I really think a lot of my feet pain is the inflammation they can't get under control causing Chronic tendonitis in the tendons and ligaments in my feet and ankles. They hurt all the time, my low back hurts all the time, and both are "sometimes tolerable" with a pain patch. But even with that, there are times they still hurt unbelievable and it has taken my life away from my family. I try and do things with them and if I push it too far, which sometimes you can't help but do, I pay for it for days and days.
I am supposed to get this stimulator implant two weeks from today. I have to get another psych release for insurance....thats why I have to weight two more weeks. I have heard many scary stories on here about this procedure and to be honest I was pretty excited about it, and actually had some hope.
This has been hard, I have had problems at work and at home and depression snuck up on me and it has taken me away from my family. My wife has to do too much stuff a lot of the time, and over 4 years, 1 year where I missed work more than I went and stayed curled up hurting with ice and heat on the couch all the time. My wife is not exactily a care taker when it comes to anyone other than our children, she is more suck it up and go type. Anyway, it has caused her a lot of stress and I know it, and I try when I am able, but.....well, anyway I just wish this could work so I could get back to coaching my boys rather than trying to make some of their games, and so I can start doing more and more for my wife, and well also to get back my own social life, I gave up softball at first, and then even gave up golf. A round of golf on a "good day" will give me many bad days...I did that everyonce and a while and quickly my wife got very mad about it, saying "you know what it is going to do to you before you do it ......." and I know it ,but I literally have very little of a life.
I am soooooo sorry I went on and on with this, not my intention at first but mainly just want some opinions about this stimulator and also if it helps back and leg pain, will it help the feet pain part that comes from the tendons etc...
thanks so much in advance,