Wow Wow Wow!! Yesterday, I got up and the "old" nerve pain came back. I started to panic and then I remembered I hadn't switched over from my "sleep" program to my "day" program. Within 30 minutes, pain almost entirely gone.
I cooked, cleaned, vacuumed (!!), bathrooms, dusted, pool maintenance, dogs, and even went to Sams with hubby last night.
Today? My calves are sore! And I'm pooped out, but so happy!! I just need to get my muscles conditioned and I'm good to go. And I slept GOOD last night. lol
Since the SCS permanent placement on Jan. 5th, I have taken it easy waiting for the leads to scar down. That should have happened by now, so I'm doing more and more. I would say pain keeps me from sleeping - one night since then. And we were on a 9 day trip with a 9 hour car ride and I had overdone it a bit. So, I rarely take Ambien anymore, rarely take breakthrough meds, and rarely take muscle relaxers.
I am still on my LA meds with no plans to decrease any time soon. I want to get really stabilized, get back in shape, because since I've been doing more, I have had back pain which I rarely had before. But this back pain is from doing "too much", as right now, anything is almost too much for my sad, pitiful muscles. All I do is take it easy and I'm back to normal in a day or so. Not debilitating or life-altering at all.
On that 9 day trip, however, I did take breakthroughs and muscle relaxers because I was shopping, walking, traveling, you name it - and my muscles got sore. I've lived in a chair 23 hours a day for the last 2+ years and my muscles need to get back in shape.
Anyway, I honestly couldn't be happier and I hope it works for so many more people. I am sad when I read it doesn't. I personally love the buzzing feeling myself, and since I have sensory issues, I was worried about that.
It's awesome to know that when I feel nerve pain, I get my remote control and turn myself up, or change programs, or whatever and then zip zap, nerve pain dissipates. And if I turn the SCS off? I can feel all the old nerve pain I want - which I do not want to!!
Power over my pain. Now I know why the website used that name (I have the ANS brand.) I would say the SCS works great on radiating nerve pain in your leg - for me, S1 nerve damage. I get no relief when I have back pain, and I have 2 leads (which is supposed to help cover the back.) Just being honest as I promised to do weeks ago. I can handle the back pain/soreness, though - no way I could handle the nerve pain. The key? PLACEMENT!! It is so important the placement and programming. I have gone in 4 times for reprogramming and tweak it just right and I won't hesitate to go in more if I need it.
Good luck to all!!