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SCS surgery has me a mess...



  • I think she just moved on, she had very good results with the surgery except the infection. She was going to nursing school full time and being a mom. I've known her from here for months pre-surgery. If she had issues we should know about with the scs....she would post. Im pretty sure.
  • Thanks Terri. Her last few posts were about bad infection, then no posts!
    Kinda scary to read this kinda stuff when you are scheduled for a trial soon...or as soon as insurance gets it together :(
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  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 558
    edited 05/04/2013 - 7:28 PM
    We miss you I hope your OK can you update us did it get removed, are you healthy?
    I am afraid the infection got you Please let us know. you are missed.

  • I'm still alive! I'm sorry for not having posted!!! This semester in school kicked my ass! I hardly ever even left my house...

    Anyway, long story short, I'm doing pretty damn good :) god, I've waited a long time to say those words!

    Life's not "normal," but it's getting there.

    I'm slowly, I mean real slow, getting off some pain meds. I went from running out every month to asking the doc to go ahead and lower my in between meds. I'm down to two a day, and half the time I try not to even take that. Still on the patch, but as soon as a take another step down from the Percs, he said hell start weaning me off the patch.

    I NEVER turn my stimulator off. At first, when it wasn't programmed the way I wanted, I only left it on for a few hours at a time. Now, it's on 24/7. I need a little adjusting right now, scarring in has changed the sensation, but other than that it's awesome.

    The infection I had took almost two months to clear up, and thank god it did. He said I'd have to have the entire system taken out.

    Anyhow, I start summer classes tomorrow, so I need to do some reviewing. Man, it never ends!

    Oh! I find out by the second week of June if I'm accepted into the nursing program! Fingers crossed!

    I think of everyone on here often and have felt horrible that I haven't been on. School is running my life! I'll check in again soon.

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  • kamgram said:
    Mel sweetie you are a go getter:) I took 16 credit hrs and this was considered full time and I felt it. I was never so glad for a semester to be over. Of course it depends what classes you will be taking. I took Anatomy and Psysiology 1, Psychology, Algebra. It was horrible. When I took A&P 11 this was only class I took for Fall semester and was so glad I did. I think it is great that you are able to keep up with school while dealing with pain and looming surgery. I know you will do great with the surgery and just think how much better you will feel. I am so happy for you and know you will make a great nurse because you have been through what most patients are going through and have empathy for them. Anything is doable when you put your heart and soul in it and I know you will ;)

    I know this is an older post, but have to comment. This semester I took advanced Physio, my bachelor psych, and algebra and trig! It's so funny you took the same in a semester!

    This summer I'm taking microbiology and pharmacology. I'm excited about both subjects, but wish like hell I didn't have to take them in the summer, both. Pharm is seven weeks and micro is 14 weeks. I'll live through it some how tho :)

    It's so hard to believe I am only 5 months post op. as of now, other than a battery planted firmly in my ass ;), I'd never know I even had this surgery. Not saying it was easy, at all, but I can't believe everything I've been able to do since the surgery. I'm not going to say its a miracle, there's still plenty of hurdles I need to overcome, but it's exceeded my expectations for sure.

    Hope you're doing great! I miss talking to everyone!



  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 558
    edited 05/14/2013 - 7:42 PM
    So good to hear from you. I was worried the infection may have done some harm. It can get very serious.. Anyway its good to hear its working for you and you did not have to have it removed.
    Getting off the meds would be great but its not always possible 100% but I hope it works for you. Its so much better when your head is clear to do things like school.
    Now it looks like your SCS is a very positive one. I hope you stick around and post a few times about it. So many more with negative results post while the lucky ones go off and have a life.
    I really give you credit doing this and doing very well in school too.

    I am happy for you.

    Good Luck
  • Oh Mel, what a difference 5 months make. I had knee surgery in Jan. and am now applying for disability. I had the failed back surgery May of last yr. and having complications from knee surgery and may have to have knee replacement so not working right now :( I miss it so bad. I am still waiting for the specialist to call and schedule me for SCS consultation. I have been waiting for at least 5 months and they said they would go over my PM reports and contact me on whether they will take me as a patient. I am so glad you are doing well in school and am so proud of you for doing all you did in school with the pain you were having ...You are one tough lady ;) Holler when you come up for breath...lol

  • Hi
    Just something to think about.
    If you get the SCS they will most likely not be able to do any MRIs on your knee.
    If possible I would look at getting knee first if it has to be done.
    Just a thought

  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 05/21/2013 - 4:48 PM
    Thank you Rick...didnt even think about that. I have appt. with knee surgeon in 2 weeks and will talk to him about that. Right know I think the knee is the most pressing thing. The back is very painful but knee is painful and almost impossible to walk on so something has to be done soon. I have a synovial lubricant injection scheduled when I go back. Never heard of it but hope it helps. Hope you are doing well Rick :)

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