Since a lot of times people don't post unless something is wrong I wanted to post about my success. So far I am very happy that I had the SCS implant. I am now back at the office working full time and feeling great! Last week we took a 3.5 hour drive to the relatives for Thanksgiving and I had no problems. I even did some black Friday shopping (mom carried the bags) and the biggest problem was that the bottom of my feet got sore, not my back. Then when we came home on Sunday DH put up the Christmas tree and I decorated most of it. I thought I would be really sore the next day but I was fine. I have gone from taking 3-4 norcos a day and still being in pain to taking 1-2 and I really haven't even been trying to reduce the meds. Also, when I do take them they seem to help more than in the past. It is so great not to be as foggy-headed at work. My PM Dr. didn't want me going off my meds yet but I have a follow-up appointment with him on Friday.
As far as the stimulator goes I have met with my programer 3 times since the surgery and I think she is wonderful! The stimulation is still somewhat variable but not as bad as it was at first. The one thing that is somewhat of a pain is that due to the nature of my programs I have to charge fairly frequently. I know that it also doesn't help because I am not patient enough to sit and relax long enough to get the full charge. Now that I am feeling better I just want to be up doing more.
Also, at my Dr's recommendation I have been trying to loose weight since this summer. It has been going very slowly, but this past weekened at my weigh-in I hit the 20 pd mark!
If anyone has any good recommendations for exercises (in addition to walking) that you can do without worrying about them pulling out the leads, please let me know. I am going to ask my Dr. for a PT referral so I can learn some safe stretches, etc.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season!