I had my psych eval last week and am going for my final appointment to go over everything with my PM doc to schedule my trial, and I'm brimming with questions getting ready for the appointment. Just as an update, it looks like my hardware is staying put- I get the final verdict this week, but with pelvic hardware they apparently usually like leaving it in place...
1) I'm very interested in tips for avoiding the placebo effect during the trial, or tips on how to best test things out with the trial. I'm a little worried because I know there will be pain from the trial implant as well as activity restrictions, so I guess I want to make sure I really get the most out of the trial and evaluate it to the fullest extent possible. I'd really appreciate any tips to help make the trial as successful as possible in terms of my ability to decide whether or not it helps enough to go forward with the permanent one.
2) Did you need pain meds the first couple days from pain from the trial implant? I'm going to be off all meds for the trial, but I was wondering if I'll be likely to need them the first few days from the pain of the procedure itself?
3) How much input did you get over the brand/model of your stimulator? My PM clinic uses 2 different brands, and I don't know if I will get any input. Obviously I know my doctor will make the best recommendation, but with all the different models and features I don't know if it'd be best for me to do my own research so I'll have an opinion?
4) Any recommendations for IPG placement on a thin female? I plan to go ahead and go over this with my doctor even though it is a little premature. We think the leads will be at T8 or T9, and I'm really thinking I would much prefer to have the IPG in my abdomen than my back but I know docs tend to prefer the back so they don't have to flip you. But, I'm thin enough I get uncomfortable in hard back chairs because I can feel the vertebrae poking out so I imagine a battery anywhere in my back will be uncomfortable.