Hello Sandi and Straydog,
I guess we are forming a clique here, hahaha! I had a great day and a bad night, which is weird since I only had 2 1/2 hours sleep last night. I'm hoping tonight I can crash! I'm in bed right now with a heat pad on my back...too late for the meds to help, except I hope my Ambien.
Today was my first day with my new Physical Therapist and it was terrific! Even though I have developed a relationship with my previous Physical Therapist, change is nice. Besides my Doctor ordered "Dry Needling" as part of my PT and my regular Therapist is not trained in this. I have to say, it helped a lot! I wish I had it a year ago. Unfortunately she can't do dry needling in my thoracic spine area because the needles are long and there's a risk of puncturing the lungs. It's funny and sad that PT has become like a fix for me. I have to wait until next Monday for more treatment and that's if my &@$#% insurance allows additional visits!
I spoke wit the lady who schedules the surgeries and she has limited knowledge of what they actually do to the patients in the hospital, but she believes they are giving activities to do (with the Physical Therapists maybe?) and a lot of walking!!! Also, all I have to do is sit still for 30 minutes and I can recreate the incredible pain I feel in my thoracic/ left shoulder blade area mostly... This pain, which I have now is a 10 plus...brings tears to my eyes. I have to say, it's not something I would wish on anyone and I couldn't see this going on this way for years!
Anyways, since no one else can really tell me for sure what activities and things I will have to do during the trial, I'm going to have to be that guy! I will post what I am experiencing, hopefully each night, depending on how I feel.
Sandi, my Interstim Therapy stimulator has a lead that is placed in the S3 space and then extends to the nerves surrounding my bladder. I was hoping it would help mask the pain in my lumbar region, but that's not the case. I feel a sort of tingling/pulsating sensation in my pelvic floor region, which actually means I feel it in my annus and scrotum areas. No, for me it isn't like having a vibrator stimulating the area. I really felt it at first and it was a weird feeling. However, after a short period of time you get used to it quickly and forget about it.
During the trial period the sensation felt more like a hemroid, so I was glad the permanent implant doesn't feel the same way. However, it was with me for two weeks and I had to get used to it and weigh the good with the bad. So, again Sandi, the Interstim Therapy stimulator is specifically for voiding issues related to both urinating and bowel movements/ constipation. Unfortunately it has not helped me with my constipation :( heck, last night I drank 4 tablespoons (the max dosage) of Milk of Magnesium and not a little relief! Sandi, sorry but what is a ISC?
Stray dog, I believe my PM Doctor who will be doing the trial and hopefully the implant is one of the best in my area. When we met for the consult he truly listened to what I was saying and he saw the pain written all over my body. He recognized that I am playing an active role in trying to take myself off the narcotics and improve my quality of life. Also, the pain is so horrible I have nothing to loose. I honestly wished they could operate on my three herniated discs in my thoracic! Like I said, I have good days and bad days and sometimes a mixture like today.
As for possible permanent nerve damage to my left leg, which is very weak and painful in certain areas...yes, I think what I have could be too late to fix. However, this is why my surgeon wants to do the 4-level lumbar fusion. My new Physical Therapists said I should just do two at a time, because it's a huge operation. I realize this, but I figure since I lost my job, I want to get it all done at once and recover from it before. Find a new career/job. I don't want to have two done...find a good job and turn around 6 months later and say, sorry boss, but I need back surgery and will be out recovering for 3-6 months...please hold m new job for me! Besides, after experiencing the pain from the first two level fusion, I would most likely say no way!
I change health insurance in December and my wife's workplace doesn't have a Pre-existing medical condition Clause, so I'm covered right away. I just have to hope that the new insurance company has updated protocol and agrees to my 4-Level Lumbar Fusion operation and recovery. Oh yeah, recovery...my surgeon said I would stay in the hospital for a week then go home. However, since it's just my wife and me I know she won't be able to care for me alone. I would prefer to go into a medical rehab facility until I can take care of myself. Unfortunately that's a ways away and I have to give my poor body a. Real! If the Drug Pump Trial is a success i was told I will be scheduled for the permanent implant on either November 28 or 29th!
Ok...I'm going to try this sleep thing that everyone seems to love. Have a pan free and enjoyable day today! You see, it's now tomorrow! $&$@*#%#! I meet with my attorney in the afternoon and I'm not looking forward to the BS.