I had one of my pre-op appointments today with my PM doc. I'm getting my permanent (St Jude-not sure of the model) implant next month. My surgeon wants to keep my a day or two because he anticipates my pain will be hard to control post-op...my PM doc today says that the incision and laminotomy to place the paddle lead will be painful for at least six months!? really? The back incision will be three inches (T10, 11, 12) the paddle lead has 20 electrodes-I didn't think they had more than 16. I am having the IPG placed in my abdomen, anchored to the fascia, right below my last rib (my surgeon's choice). I had to schedule out because of my work, I'll be off three weeks.
I'm getting cold feet, I don't want to trade one pain for another...that's what happened when I had my fusion last year. The trial was fabulous (aside from the lead placement sites). The last thing I need is to be more painful, I'm a nurse so I can't exactly treat my pain aggressively while I'm working a 12 hour shift...I usually come home barely able to shuffle in from my truck when I get home...two Norco, flexeril, Neurontin, advil...just to be able to get into bed and sleep for a few hours so I can turn around and do another 12 hour night.
I'm just rambling now, mostly I wonder how bad the post-op pain is?