I went in today for my trial. It was in the office. I had some valium before but it didn't help much. She just used a local. It was painful at times but she just kept giving me more lidocaine every time it got painful. Pushing the leads up to T8 hurt too (no lidocaine for that)!
Anyway, got through that and then went for programming. My pain is in my hips and low (L5, S1) back - more the right side but some on the left - not in the center and some pain around T12 where I broke my vertebrae. I have no leg pain.
Every program we tried (and we did this for over an hour) always had stim in my legs. I could never get any coverage in my back no matter what we tried. A couple of times I got legs and stomach. A few really odd ones were legs and upper chest. We did get one with legs and hips but for me to feel anything in my hips, my legs had to be soooo strong that I could not walk with that and can't tolerate it for very long. They sent me home with that program and said to wait for the lidocaine in my back to wear off and see if that changed anything and then come back tomorrow to see if we get anything different.
I don't want any stim in my legs. I don't have pain there and it is not pleasant to have the stim there (especially strong) when there is no pain - and any setting they tried had leg stim as part of it.
Any ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?
I am so discouraged and just feel like pulling the wires out and giving up! I hate that I have to deal with the surgical pain for nothing!