Hello everyone. This is my first post in quite a while, even though I do visit this site often.
A short history of my problem: I had a PLIF done on L5-S1 in Jan. 2008. Was doing very well for about three months, then I started getting pain in my left buttocks. The back pain I had before has never returned, but I continue to have quite severe pain in my left buttocks.
I have had Selective Nerve Root Block injections done. A little relief from the first two injections, and no relief from the third.
I also had a Botox injection into the Piriformis Muscle to see if that was the problem, and received no relief from that.
I have had Physical Therapy, massage therapy which did help somewhat. I have not tried Chiropractic, or Acupuncture, which I may try now, after my aborted SCS trial I had today.
I went to the Pain Treatment Center this morning to have an SCS trial done. I had my hopes built up that I finally was going to get some relief from the constant agonizing pain in my left buttock. Unfortunately, the trial went very badly.
After the two leads were placed, and the stimulator turned on, I only got a buzzing sensation across my stomach area.
The Doctor moved the wires several times, but could never get the buzzing in my leg, or buttocks.
Needless to say, at least in my experience this morning, is was painful beyond words.
The Medtronic Technician said to my DR. he had never seen a case like mine.
I was trying the best I could do to hold on and cope with the pain, but it was almost unbearable.
The Dr. removed the wires and that caused more unbelievable pain. He was going to position them in another place, but I asked for the procedure to be aborted. In my mind, I was thinking if the trial is so painful, I don't think I could handle the permanent implant surgery.
I feel so bad, I feel like a loser. I feel I let my Dr. and all the nurses down, after all the prep it took too get me to this point.
They said I could try again in a few weeks or months, but I am afraid it will be the same, and even though I have Insurance, my co-pay is still quite high.
I feel now I should have held on and let the Dr. moves the wires, but on the table, I just could not go on.
Has anyone else had this type of experience with their SCS Trial?
I would greatly appreciate any comments.
Thank you so very much, Robert in NC
PLIF L5-S1 Jan. 2008
Medications currently taking:
Oxycontin 60mg 4 per day
Fluoxetine 20mg 2 x day
Tramadol 50mg 8 x day
Tizanidine 4 mg 4 x day evening and night only
Just started taking Lyrica again after stopping several months ago due to mental side effects, and over-agressiveness