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considering scs but I have questions about the trial and perminant implant

I am 27 years old with chronic back pain due to neuropathy and a torn disc @ L5-S1. I have been on oral pain meds for years, been through 3 rounds of physical therapy, chiropractic care, and epidural injections without much relief. My pain doctor recently recommended that I get an scs, but I am afraid of how it will affect my job and my relationship with my children. I work as a school photographer and have to do a lot of bending and lifting of equipment. I love my job and don't want to have to chose. My children are also very active and I am already limited as to what I can do with them, I don't want to lose what little I have.

I read that the trial is like getting an epidural, my concern is that they have to do a cut scan in order to place the leads and I an deathly allergic to the dye, can anyone tell me about the procedure? Also, how long does the trial last, my schedule is 3 months on and 3 months off and I don't want to take time off if I don't have to. Can I go swimming or play in the sprinkler with my kids during the trial? How does it affect daily chores or getting dressed everyday? What does it feel like when the stimulator is on? Does it affect you ability to be intimate?

After perminant implantaion , what are some restrictions that can be expected and for how long? How long was the hospital stay after the procedure? How often does battery have to be replaced or charged? What is the best placement for the stimulator?


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  • the trial is up to a week. You really would benefit from ready earlier posts on this site. Try Kathy's Journal from a year ago or Mel had children.
  • The trial last about seven days. Unfortunately, you will not be able go swimming or play in the sprinkler with your kids. You are not allowed to shower during your trial. You will have a huge dressing on your back the whole time. As for daily chores that depends, you can't bend, lift, or, twist during your trial, doing so can cause the leads to move, messing up the trial. The sensation is hard to explain, during my trial it felt like a vibration or buzzing. Do as much research as you can before you have a procedure. Read some of the other posts as well. We are here to support you. Feel free to private message if you have any questions.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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