I'm looking for anyone who may have had a SCS implanted in their early 30's... I've been fighting chronic pain following FBSS for about 18 months, and after trying another round of injections and radio frequency, along with the daily medication of lyrica, cymbalta, norflex it looks like a SCS is the way forward for me.
We have got a trial booked (unfortunately not until the end of August) and I'm going to see how the system works for me before looking to go ahead with the permanent.
What I'm after is some information, feedback, thoughts on getting a SCS done given my age. I'm 31, had my back surgery at 28 and diagnosed with FBSS at 30. I have read some great stories of people gaining a lot of their life back after having SCS implanted, but not many stories from people under 50 - I'm just wondering if there is anyone out there who can relate to my situation and let me know their experience with it?
The other thing is we still want to have kids... We don't have any yet, and this is something we were wanting to do sooner rather than later - but given my pain at the moment it's not really a great idea (never mind that the medications say it's a no no)
I know there haven't been any trials of people running their SCS during pregnancy - and I'm not asking for your thoughts on if it can be done or not - I just want to know if you've gone through a pregnancy successfully with it and how you managed not running it for that period?
Just after some reassurance that I'm not making a silly move that will come back to haunt me down the track.
July 2009 - L1, L3, L5 disc hernation
Jan 2011 - L5/S1 Microdiscectomy
Dec 2012 - return of neural symptoms
June 2014 - fusion recommended - awaiting insurance approval