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?