I will most certainly do so, as you have kept all of us informed, I will follow suit and try to do my best. Let me give a little backround, in May 2009, I had a trial and then a neurostim installed, the trial was not much use and the first time it was installed it was installed to deep, so the machine could not be charged. In July of 2009, 2nd permanent installation, was done, sadly by that time there was to much scar tissue and once again the unit could not be charged. At that point, I opted out of the entire thing, now on the right side of my lower back is a useless piece of something whatever they use and it will never work due to the scar tissue. I was going back and forth about what I wanted to do as at the beginning of this entire I was much more interested in the pump than the SCS. But I allowed myself to be talked out of the pump and into the scs on the argument that the pump as the years went by would have to continue to increase the amount of meds being used. Had I thought a little longer at all, I would have realized that was going to happen anyway either by pump or oral.
So, I have been in limbo for awhile and was leaning again toward the pump, when I saw you were going to take use through the process, I have to thank you, that was very helpful. Also I knew Straydog had a pump and was very happy with it. My mind is made up, after my daughter gets married this June, I will have the trial and hopefully be able to have it permanently installed. I will wait because I want to make sure I am fine when I walk her down the aisle. Since her father had nothing to do with raising her neither financially nor emotionally, I get that priviledge, if you dont do the work, why should you get the reward? At any rate that was her decision not mine, and she made it.
One more story on the uncomfortable feelings I think we have all had re:the bathroom. When I began to take narcotic meds on a regulor basis, I had no idea that constipation was an issue. Was it ever, in the summer of 1998, July I had a lumbar laminictomy, which sadly did not work, approx. 10 days after that surgery, I had the worse pain ever in the entire world on the left side front sort of where the ovaries would be. This pain sent me to the emergency room several times, finally I was scheduled for a hysterectomy even though nothing showed up on the sonogram, thank goodness one surgeon had the good sense to stick a needle in that area to numb it and found it to be a thing called (I will try to spell this) spegalian hernia, caused by, you guessed it pushing, pushing pushing. That was a most painful lesson to learn.
Sorry I went a way over long that time, but it needed to be told, for those of you just starting out, careful of all the side effects of so many things.
Good Luck and thank you for sharing, when I go for mine, I will keep all informed, (I promise not to run on so long).
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson