I havent posted much but do troll through the forums now and then. I searched for scs and pregnancy, and came up with one person's post who I did PM but got no response. I probably think she doesnt check the site very often. :''(
A bit about me.. I had a car accident 4 years ago and suffered a broken vertebrae, crushed l5 disk along with the l5 nerve root Had a spinal fusion for l5-s1 which later found to not fuse. I had constant right leg pain before the first surgery and intermittently after the first surgery, which then only got worse and worse til it was my whole leg again, constant and very intense. I had a revision of and extention of the fusion to l4, fusing l4 to s1, in April 09. The surgen told me that I was lucky i wasnt paralysed, as the harware moved very freely and the nerves were being "hammered". He had to scrape lots of scare tissue from the bones and nerves he said. I still have leg pain which i've had constant since the a ccident 4 years ago. I've had 20+ injections over the 4 years, with no help from any of them. ~X( Doctor's all say my nerve is damaged, as there doesnt show to be any more inpingement on it in the mris and ct scans. The ct scan actually shows scar tissue on the left l5 nerve but nothing on the right. I am on high doses of oxycontin, percocet, and neurontin, not to mention my constipation meds and bladder meds, due to a neurogenic bladder from nerve damage. Its hard for me to walk on the leg when it hurts so bad, otherwise I find myself limping on it and can barely walk a normal blocks length.
I am only 30 years old and desperately want to have a child with my husband. :X The doctor's are saying that I am a perfect cannidate for the spinal cord stimulator but I am completely afraid.I had 2 second opinion's who both say that scs would be my way to go. One of the doctor's said they dont beleive there is any contraindications with scs and pregnancy after I asked him and he read medtronic's brochure, but the rep from the boston scientific scs company said that usually you need to have the scs removed for pregnany, although some doc's let you leave it in, but have it turned off.
I am completely and utterly depressed and feel hopeless. :''( :< :SS I am feeling like i will never be able to have children. I was wondering if anyone has any info on scs and pregnancy and if so what were the pros, the cons and the otherwise that you can share with me, or point me in the direction to where i can get the info. Do you have any suggestions or advice. Please anything and everything you say will help me. I have only found 1 study on the internet about scs and pregnancy so I am very afraid.
If I were allowed to leave it in but turned off, how could I possibly deal with all of this pain? I certainly could not take the tremendous amounts of pain killers or any pain killers that I take now. Please help.
Sincerely and apologetically for not being verbally active in forums,
Thank you so much from the bottom of my sad little heart lol :H >:D<
PS, for those that need or want to know. The pain comes from around my right hip area sometimes but is always in my front/outter thigh going to the inner calf and into the top of the foot and all the toes most of the time but does alternate toes occassionally and through the toes into the pads of the foot. It also wraps around from the inner calf to the otter calf and ankle. It comes from my right groin and beihnd my right knee. If i walk or stand too much or sleep a certain way my left thigh and calf also hurt but that is infrequent. :<