As most of you know I have been waiting for my permanent SCS implant.
The hold up has been my Psych evaluation. I have had my trial and it was a success. I buzzed and tingled but felt no pain!! What a relief!! I see why those of you that have the stimulator love it so much. I can get use to the tingling but never the pain.
For those of you that do not know what a SCS is.....I will try to explain.
SCS stands for spinal cord stimulator. It is a device that has lead wires that are implanted in your spine. (location depends on where your pain is) My pain comes from my Lumbar spine...L4 & L5 to be exact. All my pain is in both my legs and feet,(neurophathy)I do have low back pain if i am on my feet to long or am bending over a lot.
The lead wires go to a battery pack about the size of a silver dollar and is implanted under the skin in your upper hip. Wires are tunneled under the skin that connect the devices. You have a hand held remote controle that turns on the battery. You get a mild electrical stimulation that blocks pain signals from reaching your brain and you feel tingling instead. You can controle the amount of stimulation you need....in other words you controle your pain.
This treatment is not for everyone but first you have a trial where you have just the lead wires implanted close to the spine and the batteries are hand held. Wires dangle from your spine to the battery pack. Sounds scary but it is not. It is just to see if this works for you. Some people can't take the constant tingling. Remember you have to live ith this the rest of your life. It is not a cure but a means of cutting down on the amount of pain meds you are taking. Most people get 70 to 80% relief. I got 100% relief which is very rare!!
Before you get the permanent implant you must have a psych evaluation. All insurance companies require it. They want to see if you are depressed....if you are you will be turned down for the permanent implant and the depression must be treated. They also want to make sure you have good support from family and friends. This is very important to your recovery.
The day I will be getting my permanent implant is this Thursday...the 4th of June!! Yippeeeeeee,Whoo Hooo would be turning cart wheeels IF i could!!
Recovery takes 6 to 8 weeks. You have to be careful not to shift the lead wires. No bending over, reaching over your head or twisting. Everything has to scar over to hold everything in place.
You will be in pain and sore from the surgery. The pain will be treated. That pain goes away unlike the chronic pain you are now in.
I am sorry this is so long but I am sure thare are a lot of people looking for information on the SCS implant and I hope this helps them just as reading everything here on this same subject helped me. The DVD and information you get from the Doctor does not tell you much. Thare is nothing like reading it from actual users.
If I have left anything out please fill in for me and correct me if I am wrong about something.