Let me start out by saying Hi to the group! :H :-H :wave: Its nice to find a place where I know others have been going through similar things as I have.>:D< >:-D< :hug:
I feel like I have been put through the ringer of Dr's/Surgeries/Test/Meds!!!!! I have had 5 surgeries now trying to fix all of these problems. I initially went in for a laminectomy L4/L5 and I was fine for a number of years. I then had a Fusion L4/L5 which left me with a spinal cord injury, paralysis, a lot of nerve damage and a TON of PAIN! *frustrated* The Drs went in for another surgery and removed the screws after that. Then I had 1 SCS put in and the leads moved within a few months, so they went in and did a revision a few months later. When I got the xray right after the surgery it was bad new again the dr put in on of the leads wrong and my leads were once again touching and giving a bad signal.
I have been living with this SCS like that for about a year now. At the moment I can not walk and have a walker ( I should have a wheel chair) I just keep getting a run around from all of my Dr's I feel like, so I finally decided well what the harm in seeing yet another Dr? I went yesterday and saw this new Dr and he recommended that I have the paddle put in. :?? :-?? :puzzled:
This is something I have never heard of before and I wonder why it was never mentioned to me or why I wasnt given this option? I read about about it a little on the board here and other people were saying they have to do a laminectomy in order to put it in. I know the answers to this is probably impossible but does anybody know if the laminectomy could be anywhere on your spine? For instance my leads right now are in the middle of my back about where my bra strap is. Do they have to do the laminecomy about that level or could they do it at the level I already had it done at L4/L5?? I wonder if the battery still stays in your back also? Does anyone know how much the paddle would stick out from your back? ( My battery for instance sticks out a few mm) How long are peoples recovery time typ?
I Also wonder if anyone prefers the SCS over the paddles? or what peoples verdicts on which is better for pain? I just hate the thought of 1 more surgery but it looks like either way I will have to have either the revision or the paddles done, because I can not live the rest of my life how it is now, I feel so trapped!
I am sorry to the moderators for the length of my post but I need answers and no one else really understands what im going through with in my friends and family it very hard for anyone to relate or comment. Thank you all for letting me talk and get my story out!
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>:D< >:-D< :hug: