I am in the process of researching if an SCS is a possible solution to my current pain problems in my legs. My doctor has recently breached the subject with me and I expect to discuss this further at our next appointment in August. In the meantime, I'm trying to learn more from others who have an SCS with similar symptoms to mine.
My signature indicates the number of surgeries that I have had to include a link to my fusion recovery blog. My current state is as follows:
Pain: 90% Leg / 10% Back
Back: Minor burn around L4/L5 area sometimes.
Legs: R Big Toe is numb and minor cramping and burning in two toes next to the big toe. Top of foot is basically on fire most of the time extending to about 3-4 inches below the knee and the outside of the calf. Pain levels in this leg average from a 1-2 in the morning to a comfortable 3-4 at the end of the day with out pain meds.
L Foot is partially numb from the arch forward and all five toes. There is some minor burning in the toes sometimes but rarely. My left ankle and parts of my calf are partially numb. The symptoms in this leg are a mirror image of the right leg plus someone was kind enough to insert a wire and heat it up to a million degrees in my calf. Pain levels in this leg average from a 2-3 in the morning to 4-5 at the end of the day with out pain meds. There have been times that the hot wire has reached higher pain levels of a 7 or 8 if not managed appropriately.
I also experience muscle spasms and cramps in both legs 24/7.
Unfortunately, I've been striking out on taking the nerve drugs (Lyrica, Cymbalta, Neuronton). I am currently taking a new one, which the name escapes me right now which is not a good sign. I currently live on 30mg of oxycodone and zanaflex a day to manage a normal existence. My pain levels sit are around a 1-3 with a grey existence.
I go to work every day. I do what I want, when I want, no matter what. I do however lose sleep and I'm very tired. In comparison to others, I don't seem to be real bad off, but I'm also not living life on my terms anymore. I'd like to recapture some of my focus and get off the narcotics or at least decrease them enough to make the grey go away.
I'd be interested in hearing thoughts from those who have previously traveled in my shoes.