I too would like to welcome you to HW. We have a very kind group of people here and we all have the same thing in common, pain.
I read one of your other posts here about your son coming to you with his concerns and the families concern of you being on narcotics.
I too hope you have made the right decision by choosing the stimulator. I have a Medtronic Pain Pump and it has given me my life back even with opiods being used in it. My family was very anti pill popping, but when they saw the change in me with the pump, they were amazed. I have not had one negative comment since my surgery 2 yrs ago. Instead, now my family stands behind me. I planted 3 flower beds this past spring, made 2 of the 3 beds. I had not been able to do that in 3 yrs. I always did my own lawn work, I can't now because I am on oxygen and don't want to blow up the neigborhood. But I can plant flowers and care for them, I drive a car, I don't live in a fog and I don't have to watch the clock anymore waiting till its time to take another pill. I have much more quality of life due to the pump.
Please keep us posted on how you are doing. I do hope you have medication for your post surgery pain. Susie