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3 weeks till trial

TerryPTTerryP Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:03 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Is it as painful DURING trial as I have read? Mine will be for neck. Actually upper back and shoulders, constant spams. I'll have lots of ?????? Please share.


  • I have an SCS in my neck for my neck, shoulders, arms and hands. The trial and permanent implant went well for me and I was able to manage both with no more than ice packs, Tylenol and Celebrex.

    Sorry I don't have much time to reply right now.

  • just Tylenol! I can't even imagine such a world. People were posting how traumatic the placing of the leads are during the trial. This I need to anticipate if common.
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  • I had become dependent upon opioids over several years,and the year prior to my trial and implant I detoxed off all opioids. So I didn't want to get those receptors "fired up" again and chose to see if I could manage with only Tylenol, ice and Celebrex. We can do some amazing things when we are motivated by pain and fear. I have two percutaneous leads, so no laminectomy for placement needed.

    During the trial the doc used lidocaine to numb up the area that the leads were placed through. I felt pressure, but no pain.

    I honestly believe that sometimes we fear the pain so much, that we give it more power than it really has.

  • i am happy to read that the trail was success. What are the plans for now and after the trail?
  • Thank you so much. I have spent most of my 2 days off reading these posts. They are very helpful, but I started to freak a little. Not about the trial (I'll deal with that, been thru worse), but the horror stories re: the recoup time after surgery. I cant take weeks off work. I would have to chose the implant or my job. So I just NOW got off the phone when the rep. He said some of these horror stories are the exception, not norm. Then I read your positive response. These last 5 years have made me tough. I started working 1 year ago and just could not have done it with out going back to the pills. Before working a year ago, I weaned myself down to Tylenol from the big boy narcotics I did it over about 6 months. Then just Tylenol, trigger points weekly, tens unit and a heating pad. That was my life, period. A friend got me a job after 5 years of med's and injections. The Job has been great for me. I did have to restart what I consider mild med's, the heating pad and tens during work. Post surgery, I just want to go out to dinner or a movie and enjoy it. Maybe you could give me some tips, like what kind of grabber to buy. I live alone and any "make sure you have..." will be helpful. Now Im going to try and choose the surgery and work after 2 weeks??? Unless I read overwhelmingly that would be a big mistake. THANK YOU for your
    honesty and sanity. I hope the trial goes well.
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