I'm in need of advice as far as timing on the SCS decision in relation to life plans.
Brief History: I have tarlov cysts that cause my low back pain. They are inoperable because the risk of nerve damage with surgery is incredibly high, so my doctors and I have decided that my only remaining options for management are meds or a SCS as all other conservative management techinques have been exhausted. I have very localized pain, so my doctor believes I will probably get good results with a SCS since they shouldn't have trouble covering the area. It is not the typical neuropathic pain which makes me a little worried about whether it will work, but of course a trial is the only way to know for sure.
I'm very much in favor of the SCS over meds, but I'm torn over how to fit these pieces together with where I am in life...
I'm 23 years old, and I'm starting school again this August after a year off for my surgery. I just can't decide whether I should go forward with the SCS stuff now, or wait and make the school transition and then pursue the SCS option. School is going to be a major transition, and I guess it just feels like I'm piling a lot on myself to throw the SCS into the mix right as I'm starting.
It'd be nice to go ahead and do the trial now so I'll know if it's an option, and then to go ahead and have the permanent one in place before starting school so I wouldn't have to worry about it while in school, and it will likely make school easier with my pain levels better under control.
At the same time, I'll probably still be in the scarring in period when I start which won't be great because it'll be a time crunch to get everything done before August. I also know revisions and other problems tend to come up, and that will be a lot to deal with on top of the school transition.
So, I guess the options are 1) Do the trial now, and if it works go forward with the permanent one before school, or 2) Start school and then maybe do the trial while in school and have the permanent one done at the end of the semester in December. I want the school transition to be as easy as it possibly can be, and I don't know if already having the SCS will make it easier, or if I should first make the transition and then deal with the SCS. And yes, I know I'm jumping the gun assuming it will work and I'll end up with a permanent one, but in order to know when to schedule the trial I need to have a plan for when I would do the permanent one.
I'd appreciate any insight or advice from those of you who have made the transition to life with a SCS...