Highteck..., Just thought I would drop in and give you a little info from my experience with a Boston Scientific SCS. I did a trial like everyone else and it seemed to be a 50/50 shot. The Pain DR at first decvided to go ahead with the SCs and then decided not to. Then changed his mind and we went for the SCS. I won't go into detail here again but he earned the title Quackologist. I went through 2 1/2 months of regretting my decision to have the SCS implanted. It had to do with the doctor's failure and not the unit. I am now about
4 months out from surgery have gotten to the place where the SCS is working. It does not simply take the place of pain meds but reduces what I take. I was at the point after 11 years of fighting I had to do something. I am also involved with the VA but since my injury was work related, they refuse to see me regarding any issue with my back. I have finally weaned myself off the VA and the meds that they had me on for depression, PTSD and sleep issues. Even though all of these were a result of my injury, they loaded me up but would not deal with the back. I am now not receiving any meds from the VA. I deal only with my PCP and not even my Quackologist and surgeon.
The SCS does deal with the leg and foot pain. It takes some getting used to to have the stimulator running as it feels like you are in a vibrator chair the whole time. After time it gets easier to handle. I use my SCS 24 hours a day. All the SCS does is mask the pain so when I get ready for bed, if the SCS is not on, I either have to rely on heavy doses of pain meds or keep the SCS on to be able to get some sleep. I usually take my meds around 8:30 to 9:00 PM. I often don't get to sleep until 2 or 3 and still work full time. Until a month ago I would not have said it was worth it. Now it eliminates some of the pain meds to where I can use my brain during the day without the influence of the meds. I just warn you to make sure you have the right Dr as in my case he knew I could have caused him some damage after what he did.
My email is listed under my profile and I would be glad to discuss this further. I hope the best for you