Since I'm pretty new here, I'll give the quick 4-1-1 on my last few weeks. I have 4 level DDD (lumbar) with moderate to worse than moderate but not severe pain. I've had a radiofrequency neurotomy and more ESIs than I can count. PM wanted to do a neurostimulator trial, which I had 3/10-3/17. On 3/10, I had some sort of "episode" where I passed out or something (more on that in a moment), and the PM said they wouldn't do anything else until I was cleared by a neurologist (possible seizure). She does want to do a different trial ( with a stimulator placed where it won't cause stimulation down the leg).
So, we find our heroine sitting in the neurologist's exam room. Nice older gentleman walks in with a med student (sweet girl- best of luck to her!), and they start asking questions. I explain what happened, and I said, "and she said they won't do anything else until you tell them that it was no big deal." He responds, "It was no big deal. Really." After asking a few more questions (and calling my son to ask him some questions), he tells me that there are no worries, I'm just a fainter. Nothing weird. Nothing funky. I'm just a fainter. um... ok... he's ordered an EEG, just to make sure, but he's not worried.
There's my good news. Now for my "good" problem. Y'all are going to think I'm nuts, to tell the truth. Yes, I have chronic pain, and yes, I experience pain every day at one level or another. But I only need the "real" pain meds (not OTC) when I have flare ups (and many nights to sleep- for some reason, I always hurt more at night). I hate taking pain meds, and I really prefer having ESIs on a "routine" basis. Almost every time, I get up to 75% relief for several weeks, at least. The PM suggested the stimulator because ESIs stop working at some point, and did have a couple not "take."
So... I probably need to schedule the new trial... but... what if I'm not having a flare up during the trial? I mean, I almost feel like it would be a waste of time if I'm not really hurting. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I want to (or can, for that matter) force a flare up. Gah! Oh, I know... some of you would do almost anything to be in that position (I know a CP family member would)... I feel guilty asking...
Anyone have any advice?
DDD (4 levels- L2-3 thru L5-S1)