My name is Kat Gonderinger, and I had a St. Jude Eon Mini implanted in June, three months ago. The doctor implanted it in my upper left buttock -- just below my waist. I had developed CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) after a bad injury and two surgeries on my left foot -- one in 2010 and one in 2011. The pain didn't ever go away and was excruciating all the time.
I am VERY HAPPY with my SCS, and now I don't know how I could live without it! In my opinion, it was worth the pain & downtime. I was allowed to walk initially, but was not allowed to lift more than five pounds (and not above my waist), bend, twist, stretch, push, pull, or turn for 3 months afterwards. At the 3-month checkup, I was told to take it easy but allowed to do all the movements, but I am not allowed to lift more than 5 pounds above waist level for another 9 months! The doc said he wants to allow that time because I don't heal very quickly.
I charge my SCS twice a week -- on Wednesday evening and Sunday evenings, while watching a movie on TV. It has become a habit, and is also on my calendar. I can sleep on my back or sides, and a little bit on my stomach, but not arching my back.
I'm looking forward to talking with everyone, and if you have any questions about my SCS, please let me know!