Hi everyone. Well I finally got my permanent SCS St Jude medical paddle lead implant on Monday, 2/24. I'm a bit confused because everyone keeps saying that their leads are placed up by their shoulder blades and my highest lead is by my bra strap and the lower one is on the left side by my butt. I had a laminectomy also to secure the lead to the spine.
The back pain has not been terrible but since I left the hospital on 2/25, I have terrible upper abdominal pain and severe bloating! I look like I'm about the deliver a baby!! I called my doc's office and apparently he says that this is swelling and not bloating or gas and is because of the back surgery and the inflammation on the nerves. I don't know that I agree with him and his answer really makes no sense. Why would I get swelling of my upper abdominals and lower abdominal skin tenderness with two incisions to my back?
This feels like bad gas and when I weighed myself on the scale this morning, it shows I have gained 8 pounds since they weighed me on 2/24 in the pre-op area. That's an 8 pound weight gain in 3 days! And I haven't even had much of an appetite.
Anyway,, would appreciate some feedback and knowing if anyone has ever experienced this kind of stomach bloating and pain with the implant of an SCS.
The pain in my stomach is a nightmare and I haven't been able to get rid of it.
Thanks so much! Joy