Posted 6/9/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)
I'm sorry that the day was not a good one - I will look for the post as to what caused it when you feel up to it. I'm assuming since you did post that they did not keep you overnight which I think stinks. None of us like to be in the hospital, but these days, it seems as though they have no regard for how difficult it will be for you at home with no options other than to go to the ER if you are experiencing a lot of pain or any kind of complications.
You asked where my generator is implanted. I have actually had it moved twice - originally it was just above my right buttock, but I go through batteries very quickly (anywhere from 2 - 11 months, rather than the 5 - 7 years they say), so after several battery changes they decided they couldn't keep cutting that same spot open anymore so they moved it just to the left of my spine in my mid-back, at the time I was dealing with that MRSA (anti-biotic resistant staph), and that area became horribly infected with it and the unit actually burned an impression of the unit on the inside of my skin. The whole unit had to be completely removed until I wasMRSA free for 6 months, and when it was reimplanted, they put it to the right of my spine in my mid-back. The original spot was the best out of the three. Easy to reach, and it didn't get in the way of anything. The current spot is very hard for me to reach because I can not twist much at all, so somewhere down the road, when I'm due for a battery change, I think I may ask him to move it to my stomach if possible. I'm not sure if they can because I have an intrathecal pump and a gastric pacemaker which is actually the same exact device as the SCS, it is just implanted in my stomach.
A few years ago, my stomach completely shut down as a result of the narcotic pain meds. When I would eat, the food would sit in my stomach for days and rot, and I would start vomitting and could not stop. For a year I was so ill and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. Finally, someone did and after research on the internet, she found a doctor that does this procedure of implanting the unit in the stomach and it stimulates my stomach to work. I wish I got as much relief from the SCS as I do from the gastric pacemaker.
Anyway, I don't know if all three can be in my stomach, because they may interfere with one another.
Enough about me, I'm sorry for going on about myself. I hope the implant is in and that you will be on your way to some relief. I'm sorry your doctor is being so difficult. I tried really hard to keep on working too after my injury. I did so for 4 1/2 years and if I could have kept going I would have. I absolutely loved my job. I was a teacher in correctional facility.