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  • Rae, I think you'll be ok if you don't need to lose a lot beyond the rest of that 30lbs.

    I started noticing the movement with my IPG when I got close to 50lbs lost, but the big sliding didn't start until I got to about 70lbs lost and it's gotten progressively worse since that point.

  • Not to sidetrack this thread, but I think your weight loss is AMAZING BionicWoman!! You are truly an inspiration to me to keep on losing. :)
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  • I'm sure my neurosurgeon placed mine where she thought it should be, but where it is in my left hip is exactly the pressure point where my lower back rubs on a car seat or chair. I chose the left side because I am left handed. I wish it could be a little higher and over more towards my spine and if I had it to do over, I probably would choose the right side. You just don't know what kind of reactions you're going to have before it is put in there! I spend a lot of time in my car with my job and that is when I get the most discomfort. I also have a lot of sensitivity after charging my battery for a day or two. Thankfully I am not having to charge more frequently than 10-12 days apart.
    I do want to say that it is merely an annoyance, and very much worth it. I told my husband earlier this week that there are many days when my hip bothers me a lot more than my neck and that is a tremendous statement! That means the stimulator is doing what it is supposed to. I still have some neck pain and am currently still taking a muscle relaxer 3 times/day and using my pain meds (just Lortab) as needed, and may always have to do that, but life is a lot better. I am almost 3 months post surgery now and expect things to continue to improve.
    Good luck to you.
  • I think the push to get "off the meds" is a wonderful idea, I also think that for a fair amount of us it is total B.S. plain and simple, the scs places another sensation on top of or replaces the pain. It is not a perfect science. To me it will block 60-80% of my pain if the pain is in the right place any given day.
    An SCS for me does nothing for cramping crawling muscle spasms. Thankfully I have a shrink who understands and was/is willing to step in and help me get that under control.

    My point is that while being completly off meds is a wonderful goal, don't get so wrapped up in it you suffer mental or physical anguish if it just doesn't happen!
  • Thank you :D

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  • I do believe a shrink is what i need! I hear you loud and clear Wramber about the meds issue. My cocky doctor seems to think that once we get our SCS's, we are to just throw away our pain meds. I'm FAR from being a genius, but I do know that those meds are necessary. The trial implant gave me a clear picture of the fact that there are SEVERAL different pain issues to weed thru.

    Honeysmom, thank you for pitching in too! I'm sorry to hear yours irritates your back.
    Someone mentioned something about a special type of 'pouch' thingy that the IPG sits in. I think it's purpose was to prevent scar tissue from complicating things. Anyone heard of this? I'll try to find my notes i wrote down the exact name of this thing.
    Actually that would make sense to have the battery enclosed in some sort of protection - for extra 'cushion' ?
    Maybe that would make it hard to charge the battery tho. I dunno.

    and yes! cheers =D> here's to losing weight!
  • My shrink, but he is faculty at a training/teaching, etc; hospital. I only got to see him as a very close friend pulled some strings.

    I can only see him on Thursday's and then he has to give me the time on a slip, I have to take it out to the front desk and they have to manually manipulate his schedule so he can see me!

    He is not real wild about the Valium, Flexeril, Ambien combo, but I have told him very simply that both my PCP and PM are no help in this at all. since my shrink has lower back pain he totally understands the lack of treatment options. My PM and PCP seem to think that the SCS is some magical wand. I have to check his wall, I think he got his degree at Hogwarts!

    Not giving up my shrink. Once upon a time I dreamed of not taking any meds, now, I just want to be as comfortable as I can AND be able to do some things once and a while!
  • The Meds certainly DO have their place. One of my biggest pet peeves is a doctor who has an attitude about them. [(
  • :''( I am a newbie. I am a disabled vet--I fell 30 ft. while in Ranger school and landed on my feet, mostly the R foot. I have had pain in R foot for over 35 years. In 2003 my L5/S1 discs ruptured. Had fusion and on the way from hospital a truck ran into the back and totaled our car. Now also have CRIPS in R leg along with R foot pain.

    I had the Ion implant installed 5 weeks ago with the IPG in R butt cheek. The IPG site began burning after 4 days, spreading down covering my entire R thigh. After 4 weeks (last week), I demanded the IPG be removed and another one installed in my L butt cheek. This happeded on Monday. Now, on Wednesday, my entire L butt cheek feels like a branding iron is against it. I can tell that this is spreading also.

    Does anyone understand my delimma? Am I having an allergic reaction to the IPG?
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