Nurse 2, I know well the feeling when the dr comes in the room and does not have to ask how you are doing. On one hand, it is reassuring to know that the dr is that aware. on the other hand, we wonder why it has taken so long to get help when it feels like all is caving in around us. From you post, there seems to be some confusion about
what procedure your dr wants you to have. There is an external tens unit that works by having electrodes taped to the skin in 2 or 4 places. The pads that contain the electrodes are not painful to put on or take off. You control the amount of shock that you receive. Again, it is not painful but can take a little while to get used to the feeling of the tingling going on constantly. I used a tens unit and still have mine although I did not find the relief I was looking for. It works better for some than others.
If the dr is talking the Spinal Cord Stimulator, then that is a totally different senerio. As was described in replies, there is usually a week trial period. If the trial goes well then the leads are surgically implanted along with the generator. If possible, can you clear up the procedure that you are looking at so we can give you greater imput. I know it has been a long haul but all any of us can tell you is to keep fighting and hopefully the increase in the meds will help until the next step is taken. I will check back in later to see if you are around.