Well, I did it. I got the permanent implant Monday morning. My biggest problem is pain in my upper back. The permament paddle lead was placed through an incision near the spinal column, in the upper thoracic region! Anything I had read or seen talked about the lead being tunnelled up to that position from a lumbar incision.
Needlesstosay, that incision hurts like the dickens. It affects my ability to move my arms forward, never mind over my head (which you are not supposed to do anyway). The battery back is inserted along the top of my hips, which seems higher than what I read about, but it doesnt cause anywhere near as much pain as the upper incision.
Anyone have a similar expereince? I am taking valium 5mg every 8 hours and norco 20mg every 4 hours to stay comfortable but it still hurts like heck changign position. Hopefully this wont last too long.
The SCS was programmed in the hospital late Monday evening. I have got some preliminary programs that seems to cover the areas I will need based on past expereince. Of course, any of that pain is overwhelmed by the incisional pain.
I have to call in am for a follow up appointment with surgeon in 7-10 days. I look forward to hearing your responses.