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Had the final stimulator implanted a week ago. During the trial they did not have the leads in the correct place to cover both the lower back and my toes. My toes have been numb since my back surgery in April of 2013. I was told those nerves would come back but they never have. After a year of waiting for the nerves to come back my spinal surgeon decided a stimulator was my best option. I had the trial stimulator and like the results it had in my low back but was frustrated that it did not cover the toes that are causing the most problems. I was told time and time again that with moving the leads for the final that they would and could get coverage in the toes.
When they placed the final I was told that they tried and tried and ran out of anthesia meds twice trying to get coverage in my toes but they were unable to do so. They mentioned that they thought those nerves were dead and that is why they couldn't get coverage to my toes.
Now here I sit healing very slowly and having complications and my doctor is too busy to see me or to answer the many questions I have about the "dead nerves"
I suposedly have the unit turned on this Tuesday but I am not holding my breath as they have cancelled many appointments or arrive and the doctor has to leave to have his teeth cleaned, etc. So why bother even having the unit turned on if it can't cover the area that need coverage the most?
I have been home just crying and stewing this entire week. I was so hopefull that I would feel my feet again and be able to walk without falling.
Has anyone else ever had dead nerves that they could just not get coverage to?