Hi, I'm new to this site and appreciate being able to talk about
this experience with people who have been through it. I got my Medtronic SCS trial implant yesterday, and I'm seeking feedback from others on how you made the decision to get the permanent implant.
I have chronic L3 nerve root injury, a herniated disc, and had two back surgeries in 2011 (screws, rods, and 3 spacers in lumbar area) which resulted in temporary paralysis of my right leg. I've had to limit my activities (housework, shopping, exercising) due to sciatic pain in my right leg.
I got my Medtronic SCS trial implant yesterday. It was a pretty painful procedure, and yesterday I was not sure if I had done the right thing by trying this out. It's a strange feeling to have wires in your back, and the "tingling" actually feels like electric current going up and down my legs. So I reduced the intensity and frequency of the pulses using the remote control. I turned it completely off in the evening so I could get some sleep. And.....
I'm starting to feel more positive about
it today. I am an early riser, so I have had a busy morning. I turned the device back on when I got up because that is when the pain started. And, lo and behold, I found some pain relief! The device does not completely eliminate the pain, it just masks it (which is what I expected). I have had a good morning, did lots of embroidery and watched TV - and had NO PAIN when sitting, even though the device was off, YEA! Then got up to do the dishes, and turned the device on again. I fiddled with the settings, and got at least 50% pain relief. I'm going to a bazaar with my sister this morning, going to try to walk around and electrify the place! So, we'll see....
My trial is scheduled for just a few days - implant Friday and removal Monday, but I am thinking of asking for an extension so I can have a few more days to try it out. I called the Medtronic rep this morning and hope to talk with him about
it later today.
Difficult is a far cry from impossible. The distance between these two lies hope!