That's up to you. If you wait until you are in pain, don't wait until it gets horrible, though. Turning it on at the first sign of pain will be more helpful. When I first got mine, though, I had it on about
14-15 hours per day. I would turn it off to drive, to sleep & when I was getting my hair washed -- that's about
it. Same thing when I got my permanent implant for the first several months. I would change programs depending on whether I was sitting, standing or lying down & I would adjust the level of stimulation throughout the day, sometimes turning it pretty low, but I had it on almost pretty much all the time as long as I wasn't sleeping.
If you really aren't feeling much stimulation, you might try giving your surgeon a call. I had that problem 2 days into my trial & it got it reprogrammed to allow higher levels of stimulation. I'm so glad I did that because it really helped me know what kind of relief was possible.
I did have it set quite high & it would jump up fairly often when I first got it. I was sore at the implant site for the battery pack & so I would spend a lot of time sitting on my bed whenever I could since it was the most comfortable. On one occasion I had brought a plate of spaghetti to eat & was sitting on my bed when the level of stimulation jumped up. I literally threw my plate of spaghetti across the room ... sauce & all. Yeah, well, I ended up getting a new computer keyboard out of that. :) So there is a downside to having the stimulation turned up high enough to get some relief from the pain. But, that icky sleeping limb feeling is still much preferable, imho, to being in crippling pain.
Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 11/11/2009 10:58:43 PM (GMT-7)