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Yipee, yahoeee! I have a date set for my permanent implant!!!

Too excited! The surgeon I am now using is one of the most well known anywhere but the Medtronics rep got me in for the final implant in 30 days! I was expecting a 2 - 3 month wait. Can't believe that I might have a life, again. I am so thankful.


  • Congratulations!!!!!

    How much relief did the trial give you?

  • Gave me about 70%, most of the time. Oddly enough, I was not able to "feel" it in my lower back where the nerve damage is located and most of the pain originates. By "it" I mean the gentle buzzing. But I didn't feel pain either. My medtronics clinician said that wasn't unusual. I could feel the buzzing in my thighs, mostly. I didn't feel pain in my calves and feet either but they simply stopped being painful, too.
  • Kathy that is great news. Something to look forward to!

  • I will have the surgery on September 25th. We are going on vacation the week before so I didn't want to mess the vacation up by getting surgery now.

  • As I have with other procedures like radio frequency ablation, I will keep a log and report as truthfully as I can about what type of recovery experience I am having. Since you'll be 2 months behind me, hopefully it will help you know what to expect. I talked with my Medtronic rep and she gave me lots of good advice.
  • Interesting you mentioned that. On the table during the trial and after the xrays, I felt buzzed, (more like electrocuted) everywhere but where the pain is. They could not get it to go behind me to my shoulders and scapula. I mainly buzzed from figure tips to elbow. I kept it very low. It wasnt till the last day that realized the ice picks in my muscles were so much better. The dr and rep said the perm should be more accurate. I felt it in my butt, toes and even hair! I was told it takes a while for the muscles to relax. The trial was almost a month ago, still waiting for them to pick a surgeon. Good luck! I'll take the buzz over pain any day.
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