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Boston w/ Paddle put in yesterday

So I went through the implant process yesterday. Everything seems to be going well, other than it feels like I have been hit in the mid-shoulder area with a bat about two dozen times. I hardly even feel the site where the unit is in. I am on 5mg of Valium and 5/325 percs every 4 hours. I actually feel about 100 times better than I thought I would be, because even though the pain is rather intense, I am able to deal with it with proper activity and the meds.

They will turn the unit on Oct 10th. Hoping for the best! Rick, I remember you posting before that they do a laminectomy for the paddle implant. Do you know if this lowers the risk of the lead migrating?


  • Mine is one week old today and they'll turn it on next Wednesday.
    The paddles can be secured better than the trial leads and I'm glad because the trials moved pretty quick.
    I found the second and third 24 hours to be worse than the first day after surgery. The dilaudid wears off and the Percocet doesn't come close!
    Best of luck and ill try and keep my progress posted.
  • I have never felt so much pain in my entire life, and I blew my knee out once. I am really hoping it mellows out soon!!
  • 64pvolvo1800664pvolvo1800 Posts: 250
    edited 10/05/2013 - 1:44 AM
    Day by day it will get better AFTER tomorrow :(

    The first 48 were the hardest. One week out and I can now say I'm glad! They've moved my turn on to Monday now. Yaaay

  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 559
    edited 10/05/2013 - 7:32 PM
    Glad you got the implant done. The main pain will be gone in about five days.
    Yes the paddle takes a laminectomy which they chip a hole into your vertebrae and then attach the paddle in a way that helps hold it in place.
    I would be very interested if they did one or two laminectomys for your paddle. My medtronics paddles took two laminectomys and then they had to move it up two more more levels for better coverage. This was a total of four laminectomys which each one feels like a fractured vertebrae and hurt real bad. All in all this was the worst pain I had from all six of my spine surveys. I am looking at having the option of replacing the medtronics unit with a BS unit and adding one more paddle.for.coverage below my existing paddle. Interesting enough it appears that the scare tissue from the first two laminectomys is causing my new pain.
    My BS rep told me the BS paddle has a much smaller size and only needs one laminectomy depending on the surgeon that does the surgery. No set rules on this and it's a surgeons personal.choice.My.medtronics unit saved my life I was thinking with out it I would take.another way out of here. Life just wasn't worth it. It's better now but with the new issues from scar tissue I find myself needing help.again. The BS unit is what I am leaning too.
    My tuff decision now is to remove the medtronics unit and hook my medtronics paddle.to it
    Yes they can do that and add a small paddle and still have a.port left on the new BS unit or leave the medtronics and add the.BS unit with one paddle and have Ports left for future use if
    Needed. It will be a hassle.to have two remotes and two chargers but the information I could write about might help others. I do think at this time BS is ahead of the game right now.
    It's a hard decision. Just for your info a laminectomy feels like a fracture in a vertebrae which is painful. You should about be healed now or just a few more days.
    I wish you luck and hope this helps you out. Sorry I didn't get back to you Sunday a unlicensed dog with no shots bit me in the knee the shot and the massive antibiotics have made ME sick. A few more days I find out if I am ok or if the dog is sick I get the rabies shots which will be more fun. At least it's a there shot series in the shoulder now and not ten in the stomach. Always something

    Again I hope this works for you and keep in touch if you have any questions.

  • Things have improoved a bit, but the middle of my shoulders still feel like I have been beaten with a baseball bat. Even standing up makes things feel like its on fire. I am not sure how many of what was done, I will see the doc again in a week or so to get the stitches out.
  • msmith1138 said:
    Things have improoved a bit, but the middle of my shoulders still feel like I have been beaten with a baseball bat. Even standing up makes things feel like its on fire. I am not sure how many of what was done, I will see the doc again in a week or so to get the stitches out.
    You're almost out of the forest. Mine made a turn this weekend and I'm able to do most activities like getting up and around and dressed and showered, etc all on my own. The scar swelling went down considerably at one week overnight. They've moved my turn on appt to tomorrow afternoon and I am clinging to the memory of the trial and relief, the wonderful relief I felt for 24 hours!
    Hang in there. This too shall pass.
  • incision is getting old. Just started the last 2 nights not waking up in any pain. Thats less 1 pain pill. Im torn, I still dont have the precise coverage, not close. BUT they wait 2 months till scare in. If they cant get it I wish I had the lami and paddle. Everyday something new gets better. It still hurts lifting slightly or shopping hurts my old pain so I turn it up. Good luck!!! Better, but no were near the trial results yet.
  • First, steristrips removed and incisions look great. Doc is thrilled w my progress, motion, recovery.
    Four weeks to next follow up.
    Now, they gave me five programs for now. I SO enjoyed the programming! If someone was listening, they would've sworn we were shooting a porno in there! The oohs, and ahhhhs, were flowing. I walked w a pep in my step out to the car, the likes of which I haven't had in years.
    Doc says o lifting over fifteen lbs for 4-6 more weeks but I good shoulder stretch while laying down is ok as long as I take it slow and avoid any painful stuff. BC rep says the same time frame to allow final scarring in place.

    I'm like a kid w a new toy and this is waaaay better than the only toy I had to play with growing up poor ;-/
  • Just a reminder so you are prepared (Ive been reading this site a long time) You will get hit down the road with some intense t-spine pain in scapula if you have 2 small incisions to the side. Seems like everybody does with the paddle. They all say its worth it and comes and goes. ENJOY YOU LIFE
  • It seemed like things were going good. They moved my activation up a few days, but I had no way to get there other than drive myself. What progress I had made on the t-spine incision pain, flew right out the window after driving the 20 mile round trip. I have 4 programs that all have fantastic coverage, but I am not using it all too often as of yet. The pain I am having in the shoulder area is crazy!! I can stand up for maybe 3 minutes at a time before it just forces me to sit again. Right now I sit in a sliding rocker with a big fluffy pillow and an ice pack. The site for the stim (IPG?) is much more noticible now that the swelling has gone down, but nothing that I can't handle.

    Hope to start being able to get up and out some more here soon to use the device more. Just trying to take it easy and let my family help me with things (which is waaay harder than I thought it would be, cause I am a stubborn fella and don't like feeling helpless!)

    Thanks for the replies everyone
  • are helpful. No surprises. You can be stubborn or you can have a successful surgery :)
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