My pain management doctor said I must have psychological testing before the trial for a SCS. I've read all kinds of information about the reasons for such psychological screening but NOWHERE have I been able to find a description of the actual screening. My PM's rehabilitation group uses something called the Productivity Enhancement Program, or PEP. Can anyone of the Spineys tell me exactly what happens with PEP? My appointment for it is in 2 weeks and I am getting rather nervous about it. I've already had 14 lumbar and cervical (including the partial removal of my left collar bone to facilitate my last cervical procedure) surgeries but I am not nervous about the physical aspects of the SCS, just this strangely-named test. The most logical thing to do would be to call my PM but it seems literally that you need to take a number to get through rehab's switchboard. The PM's assistant says to call her with any questions but so far, I've only managed to get through to her voice mail and my messages have yet to be answered in almost 3 weeks! I'm nervous and very frustrated!!
I'm so thrilled to have the Spineys here for me to bounce my frustrations off of. Thanks in advance!