It's only been a couple of days. I had the Nevro SCS device permanently implanted on Wednesday 13 February.
I am very sore from the operation, but the very good news is that I actually sat down on our sofa today, in the lounge, with my husband, for the first time in months. I sat there for the whole afternoon/early evening and whilst I was sore, I didn't have any leg pain and the back pain was markedly reduced. I would say that was a brilliant result, wouldn't you?
The Nevro hasn't helped with the sacro-iliac joint pain (in my butt), but 2 out of 3 is good and I'll take whatever i can get.
I charge the battery up for one hour, each evening, and then it's on 24/7.
The surgeon saw me just before the operation. I told him that I did have a soft tissue infection after the first operation on 3 December. He wasn't very happy with me because I didn't let him know. I said it was OK cos the local GP prescribed me antibiotics, which took the infection away (it took 2 courses, but I didn't mention that). Anyway, he was very insistent that if anything like that happens again, I MUST let them know immediately.
I didn't realise, of course, that even a small infection could mean bad news. He explained that if the infection had got into the spinal area where the leads are placed, it may have been permanent. If it gets the opportunity to take hold, then they cannot get rid of it. He would have got me into hospital straight away to have high dose intravenous antibiotics administered immediately. It might have necessitated him taking out all the hardware too. I was shocked, I must say. I have promised to let him know immediately if there is a problem, however small. Obviously, I don't want to jeopardise the effectiveness of this Nevro as it seems to be working for me and I would run screaming out of the hospital if he tried to take it away from me now!!!!
I just thought I'd mention this in case any of you are having spinal cord stimulators, whatever their make, so that if you get any problems with infection - let your surgeon know asap.
Thank you to those who have sent me a PM message - Spine Health forum is very supportive and the members understand our problems with chronic pain, and all it entails, like nobody else!!! Thanks alot guys and gals xx
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!