I injured my lower back 19 yrs. ago. I've have a laminectomy that was unsuccessful, followed several months later by a 2 level fusion (L4-5/L5-S1) in 2001. After a long recovery, I regained my pre-injury life. There are no words to describe how happy I was with the surgery. But last summer, I leaned down to pick something up from the floor at work and went into severe spasms. I finished my 7 hr. shift, but my husband had to take me to the ER as soon as I got home. Morphine did nothing. I couldn't even tell they had given it to me. I left the hospital in as much pain as I was in when I arrived. I began seeing an orthopedic surgeon who sent me for epidural injections and also facet injections. There was no change. The surgeon said he didn't think my hardware was the cause and there was nothing more he could do but send me to a pain management dr. The new dr. prescribed Percocet, Soma, Neurontin, and Mobic. They helped for short periods of time, but wore off very quickly. He said I was a perfect candidate for a spinal cord stimulator. I had the trial done and noticed about a 40% improvement so we scheduled the permanent. I took 6 weeks off from work in order for the leads to set properly. Due to the fact that it didn't control all of my pain, I was left on my meds, but the Percocet was reduced by 60 pills per month. No other changes except for the addition of Lidoderm patches. I thought the scars would heal like they did following my fusion. The one where my battery is implanted has, but my problem is the incision where the leads were placed. It's red, puffed up and lumpy. It's gotten much worse over the past month. I've also developed a lot of pain in that area and the scs doesn't seem to be doing a very good job any more. What concerns me is the raised scar. People close to me agree that it seems to be getting larger and larger. I'm wondering if this could be a keloid. If anyone has had an scs implant and know why this is happening to me, I would be forever greatful for a response. I can't seem my dr. until Oct. 1 and in the meantime the worry is eating away at me.
Sorry this was so long and much thanks for reading.