Hello everyone, I'm new to healing well. I'm 38 years old, male. I came to this site looking for more info on m scs I've just had implanted. And general chronic pain info. I was injured about a year ago falling off a building landing head first on concrete. I was helicoptered to hospital, had a craineotomy. Broke a foot, bruised etc. I was leaking spine and brain fluid out of my ear, so they had to stick a needle in the base of my spine and drain it for 3 days. The only long term damage I had was facial paralysis and lost hearing in the right ear. I suffered no permanent brain damage. I am also back to work. This has been a work mans comp case, as the accident happened at work, and I've had no issues with getting anything covered. about 4-6 weeks after the hospital stay(about 2 week stay) I started having pain mainly sciatica in my left leg/hip area, down the hamstring to the knee, and the right leg in the calf. At first i was sent to a orthopedic doctor who thought I might have a strained hamstring, he sent me to physical therapy (also found I had a broke foot at that point), then did a mri and sent me to a pain management doctor who gave me steroid shots about 4 times. Still didn't work went to a neurosurgeon(very reputable in this area) who sent me for more mri's one with contrast. He concluded that I had Arachnoiditis, the scaring was caused from blood leaking in my spinal canal when I had the accident. I also had a arachnoid cyst. He stated that nothing surgical could be done and recommended trying a spine simulator. I did the physiological evaul and trial. I had the full implant about 4 weeks ago. I got the medtronics stimulator that has the new feature that can automatically adjust based on position. That part of the feature had not been activated yet, will be later this week.
I've read several post about the scs, many seemed negative. I was wondering if anyone has recently had this new technology put in and experiencing success with it. I want to try to work as hard as I can to make this treatment as successful as possible, from my understanding talking to some other patients, it has allot to do with the effort and persistence of the patient, and continuing contact and any adjustments needed with doctors and techs. If anyone has experiences with this and advice on the best ways to make it as successful as possible I would be glad to hear from you!