I am new to the site after looking online yesterday for personal experiences of SCS. I was really impressed with the breadth of conversation, and the willingness with which people share their experiences, so I thought I would post an introduction today. I'm sure as time goes on and I get closer to my SCS trial that I will have more questions, and you all seem to be an invaluable resource.
I am 25, with an 11-year history of chronic back pain and persistent, severe sciatica following a spondylolisthesis at L5/S1.I had a PLIF in 2004 (surgery was a disaster) and revision a year later. My function improved slightly for a couple of years following the revision, but the lumbar back pain never abated, and intermittent sciatica reared its head over these years. In the past three years the pain has ramped up again, sciatica knocks me off my feet for at least a few days every week, and is majorly interfering with every aspect of daily life. There is some suggestion that I now have sacro-iliac joint involvement in my pain too, but the problem is largely neuropathic sciatic pain - this is what I personally find to be most disabling.
This year I have finally found a highly-competent (private medicine) pain specialist who has, in the past 11 months, taken me through all of the conservative options with medication, epidurals, facet joint injections. He is now petitioning my insurance company to find out if they will pay for the treatment, otherwise I am on the National Health Service waiting list (UK). The waiting for a verdict is torture!
Skipping ahead a few steps, I was wondering if anyone had any insights regarding battery placement? I believe that either glute/abdomen are options. Which have people found to be less inconvenient? I'd appreciate your input.