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Hey everyone! I’m making this post in hopes of finding others who have gone through something similar & getting advice in general.
I had my permanent SCS surgery in March of 2016 & everything went well during recovery except my leads slipped a little. The battery was placed in my left buttock right under the waist line. About a month later I started having a lot of pain & soreness at the battery site. After walking for a brief period of time, like at Wal-Mart for groceries, the pain would be terrible. It turns out my battery was moving out of place & ended up migrating all the way up to the small of my back, almost to my love handle!
I had surgery to place the battery back in the original spot in June of 2016. The doctor built up a dam of sorts right above the incision to keep the battery from migrating again. He told me what all he “built the dam with” but I don’t remember. Fast forward about a year & I start having the soreness & pain again. I’ve just been dealing with it but I recently started training for a mini-marathon with my husband & I realized walking for even 1 mile has become too much for me to handle.
I saw the physicians assistant 2 weeks ago & she confirmed that the battery is now tilting to where the top of the battery is really pushing up against my skin & the dam causing a lot of pain & soreness. I asked the PA if this happened with a lot of SCS batteries and she gave an emphatic no! I also asked if me being a bigger girl could be causing this trouble & she said no to that too.
On March 22nd, I’m having surgery to move the battery to the right buttock & they are going to re-adjust the leads too to hopefully give me better coverage. I’m dreading this surgery because I’m going to have to be cut on the one scar line for a third time plus the other new incision. I’m terrified the battery is going to move again. I was careful in my other recoveries but I’m going to do everything really by the book this time. Absolutely no bending, lifting, twisting, & reaching for 6 weeks! I’m just nervous as heck over this whole thing. If the SCS hadn’t made my life so much better in terms of back pain, I’d be ready to have it permanently removed.
Has anyone else had to deal with this happening? If anyone has any helpful advice, please share! Thank you for reading my looong post!