Hello fellow SCSers and SCS hopefuls of course!
I cannot find this info anywhere as a question that has been asked or as a subject that was mentioned by chance. If it does in fact exist and I simply cannot find it, I do of course apologize for the repeat.
Now I don't know if this question is one that applies to those of you with spine hardware, FBS, fusions etc. because my origin of pain that led to my SCS is unrelated to the 'typical' spinal areas so I have no knowledge of those problems. Whether good or not, and this post is not meant to stir up a debate on the dangers of the action I'm questioning, I am a back popper from WAY back. I am one of those who can put their thumbs on either side of the spine, lean back, and no few than 6 pops can be heard and felt. It's always been an incredible relief and I have never experienced any pain. So, now that I had the perm implant done, I haven't popped my back because it seems crazy to do it. I have percutaneous leads if that information makes any difference. It has been very difficult to abstain from popping my back for these last 5+ weeks and I really miss how good it feels. So my questions are:
1. My back has popped on its own several times and it totally scares me! Am I in danger of disconnecting, crimping, damaging, etc. my leads when this happens?
2. If I'm not in danger of needing a revision can I purposely pop it?
3. If its just dangerous until they are more likely than not to be anchored in, can I resume my 'bad habit' then?
4. How long did you follow the restrictions? 6 or 8 weeks, and how are we supposed to know which milestone applies to us?!
Finally, most of you are aware I'm making every effort to return to work, and I have hit another snag. The medical assistants at my PM clinic were 100% willing to send me back to work without ANY restrictions. Apparently there are none listed in my chart! My rep however verified that I need to follow my restrictions for at least another 1-3 weeks. The assistant was not specific enough in my note, and wrote:
No bending, twisting, lifting, or reaching.
So it looks like I'm not allowed to lift anything at all, and my boss' boss has informed me that they cannot accommodate me because it doesn't say 'more than 5 pounds' on it. I'm so upset! I now have to wait until Tuesday to give my work a new note and I'm unsure how to have it written that covers my restrictions but allows me to work at my desk. I'm very proud of myself for admitting I need restrictions at all, that has to show I've had some personal growth and I'm hoping it helps my reputation for not listening to medical professionals and returning to work before I really should.
Thank you for reading!