Tomorrow will be my one week mark of when I got my perm SCS. Here's a little update.
I slept all night last night and the night before without waking to take pain meds, so that's good :-)
I go to see my neuro in three weeks and then my PM on 1/2/12.
Other than when the rep programmed me in the hospital, I haven't used my stim. I want to let things settle down before I turn it on. I've heard a lot of people who have said the stim really irritated them right after surgery. I turned it on once the other day, I am terrified that it'll move, leads will break, etc... So far so good! :-)
I have to say, I was pretty worried about the incision in my butt, where the battery is, because I have heard a LOT of ppl say that it was the worst incision, but other than me actually knowing its there, it has hardly bothered me at all. Like I said, my neck is what's bothering me the most.
The incisions in my thoracic area, I have two, really burned and ached the first few days, now they just itch from healing.
They really didn't have to shave a lot of my hair. Maybe an inch high and two inches wide.
I know this is TMI, but it's a reality when you have surgery and are on pain meds. The constipation is horrendous! Since the day after surgery, I've been taking colace at night, miralax during the day, milk of magnesia twice, and eating prunes like its no ones business. Needless to say, when I actually get some "activity" it's gonna be baaaaddddddd! Moral=prepare yourself before surgery, so you are regular. Have things at home so that you can start taking it when you get home. I had all of this stuff and started taking it as soon as I got home and still have an issue with it. Oh, if you don't really like prunes a lot, they have prunes with orange essence, little tiny prunes (like the size of raisins).
So that's a little update right now. I'll add more later. :-)