HI! I am a 37 woman. I had a spinal stimulator trial done yesterday, it is the Boston Scientific. I have Degeneration at levels L3, L4, L5, and S1.
During the procedure i was not given any anesthia at all even through my iv or anything. The doctor said he wanted me fully awake and all i got were numbing shots that were localized. Is this normal procedure? I felt like it was torture.
When they started the stimulation up in the procedure room , I only got a small amount of relief from the leg pain. The rep came to me in recovery and did a couple of programs . It helped with the leg pain a little but did not touch the lower back area at all. The lead was placed at the L4 level if I heard the surgeon correctly. By the time I got home last night , the stimulaton stopped working, I had zaps of pain at the incision site and in my ribs, even when it was turned off and a lot of bleeding. Went back today for a follow up. X rays were taken a showed the needle has slipped one inch. The doctor left it in but turned off stimulator and is going to try to have it reprogrammed friday.
I just wondered if any one else has been through something like this and what your opinions are on whether it is worth giving this thing a shot when I got very little relief and a lot of increased pain.Please someone reply. Thank you!!