Well the date has been set (March 20th) for fusion revision/SCS removal. My long journey might finally get resolved (Praying).
Started with a blown disk L5-S1 (stupid me….dumped rain water out of a sailboat) in 1998. Major bone and disc removal. 2006 pain returns DDD no disk left, bone on bone. PLIF 2007 L5-S1. Pain returns 6 weeks after surgery. Sciatica left leg. Surgeon only put rod and screws on right side so I have a sagging spine. Try injections, too much scar tissue. SCS 2009 helps some but does not cover major pain. Now it is dead..won’t turn on or recharge. Try injections again...success finally someone hits the sweet spot. Temporary relief lasting 1 month to 6 months. After 20 injections since 2010 and riding the rollercoaster I'm done. Onward to a new Neurosurgeon. He says he can fix the issue with fairly minimal surgery (not that back surgery is ever minimal) only 1-2 days in the hospital vs. 6-12 last few times. He believes that since I got relief from the injections I should not have permanent nerve damage. Also going to try to remove the dead SCS
Nervous and excited to finally get this addressed and hopefully get my life back. It has been no fun trying to work, care for a mom with dementia and deal with constant pain.
Good luck to all that have surgery in March!