My name is Terri. I'm 25 and I'll be going for the trial for the SCS in about two weeks. I'll give you a brief rundown of my medical history, In 2011, I had to lift a German Shepherd that had collapsed at work (I am a Vet Tech). She was somewhere on 60-70lbs and I had to pick her up off the ground, in and out of low cages, on and off exam tables, etc. That night my back begin to give me issues. Fastfoward to today and I have finally been diagnosed with a bugling L5-S1 with nerve damage in both legs, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, and Lumbar Facet Syndrome. I have tried epidural steroid injections, lumbar RFA, pain meds, etc. Nothing has worked for me. My pain doctor told me that I am a good candidate for the Spinal Cord Stimulator. I finally got approval for the Stimulator and I am scheduled to have the trial done soon.
I just had a few questions that I hope someone can answer. Did the SCS help you? What does the stimulation feel like? How painful is pain post-trial and post-procedure for the permanent implant? How long have you had it and does it still help your pain? How greatly was your pain reduced? How have you and what have you been able to do since the SCS that you weren't able to do before? Do you get used to the feeling of the stimulation after a while?
Sorry if I asked too many questions. I'd just really like to hear from people who have had the procedure done so that I can have an honest idea of what to expect. Thank you in advance!