Trial stimulater set for Sept. 16th.

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   Posted 9/10/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My appt. for the insertion of the SCS is set for Sept. 16. I'm a little nervous which is weird since I've had so many surgeries and this is not even a "surgery" per say. Anyway, I'm anxious to see how Sept. 17th. will feel. Wow!!! I could get some of my life back!

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   Posted 9/10/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi nurse2,

I'm so glad to hear that your trial was approved & you've got a date set. From my standpoint, the trial was no big deal (although remember, my electrodes are in my face, not my back). For my trial surgery I was put under. It wasn't general anesthesia (although they used that for the permanent implant surgery), but it was some kind of deep sedation or something. Whatever it was, I was not awake and don't remember a thing. It's possible that they might keep you awake, as I hear that this is common practice with back stimulators, as they need you awake to find the correct nerve -- this is not the case with facial nerve stimulation. Anyways, good luck to you. I really hope it helps. It takes a bit to get used to the feeling (in my opinion even a week isn't enough time). I know that I liked my stim more & more the longer I had it. I've had it two months now & I am so happy with it. It certainly doesn't take away all the pain, but most days it makes a huge difference!


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   Posted 9/10/2010 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Nurse2, I am hoping that everything goes great for you regarding the trial. They usually do not put you out so that when the lead(s) inserted, they can test them to make sure they are in the correct place. They numb you up so that you do not feel the pain but you will still know they are working on you. As far as the results, that is up to many factors and one persons experience is different from the next. I know that after my trial, the surgeon and my pain management doc were not sure since I did not get the results we were expecting. I convinced them that it was worth going ahead with the implant. My implant was put in about 1:00 pm and I was at work the next day. The pain from the trial itself was minor. Hang in there and we will pray for the best.

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   Posted 9/11/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nurse2 I wish you the very best on your trial date.Can't wait to see how this works for you.

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