I'm 2 weeks post op, I have a St Jude stim and paddle leads implanted at T9. I have seen my rep 3 times now for adjustments. In my mind prior to surgery I assumed that once it was implanted they could set the stimulation to my lumbar section and right leg, however this seems to be a bit more complicated and the rep is having difficulty doing this. Either the stim ends up in my stomach, ribs or butthole area along with the areas that need coverage. Is it that much of an art to dial in the stimulator or will I always have stimulation in these additional areas. The areas I listed are incredibly uncomfortable, the coverage I'm getting is great but I really hope this isn't going to be the way it is. What is your experience with your rep setting your stimulator? Can I eventually expect coverage only in the areas that I want? Thanks.
Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014