I have come to the end of my pain management journey and have now been told by both my PM and my NS that the only course left for me is a SCS.
A little background ... For some reason my body takes a very long time to metabolise medication. This means that I can only take a small amount of opioid meds before my body gets overloaded. It reacts by giving me massive migraines that can't be treated. It also means I can't take meds such as Lyrica or Gabapentin because even a children's dose of the medication is too strong.
Anyway - my problem is that I have to choose between the two types and I have no idea how to do that. My PM will do the trial so that's not a problem. My PM has suggested I choose the leads because they can be removed if there is a problem. My NS does the paddles. I am seeing both of them next week.
* What are the the questions that I should ask?
* Why did you choose the path that you went down?
* If you got to choose again - would you make the same choice?
* Is there anyone out there who has had major complications (apart from infection) with either type?
* For those who have had infection - have any of you ended up with permanent damage as a result?
I know I am asking a lot but I am so confused and conflicted right now. I haven't had a good run with my surgeries. The things that have gone wrong are virtually unheard of so both my NS and I have come to the conclusion that I need to be prepared for the unexpected before I have any further surgery done. (My husband thinks I have the luck of a Lottery winner - just at the opposite end!)