I'm kinda new here but have been reading lots of the posts. I have some questions I'm hoping the SCS Veterans here can answer and help calm my fears...
For one,I'm really nervous about getting the SCS after my lumbar fusion resulted in the loss in the use of my right leg. Is a 4- day trial normal? I'm afraid this doctor is just trying anything to get me out of pain because I've had multiple nerve blocks, some being one week apart which have not helped much at all.
I've been told they "suture" the wire to your back and attach it to the battery pack. Is this painful?
Once they place the wire, will they use it to control the pain in the whole back or just parts. For instance, I have have upper back, neck and arm pain that I've had nerve blocks for. The majority of my pain right now is in my lower back (even after the fusion from L2 to S1) and right leg. Can they set it to control pain in all areas? Also realistically, I know I cannot expect it to get rid of 100% of the pain and have read that they consider the trial a success if it gets rid of 50% of the pain. I honestly don't think I will go thru with the trial unless I have at least 75% or higher relief. To me, 50% is not enough for the risks, chance of complications, etc. I do have fibromyalgia and when I have a flare-up my life is pure hell, so I pray this helps!
I'm sorry this is long.... I truly wish I had found this site before my fusion..