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SCS Surgery Update

Feb 08, 2016 12:31 AM

Day 5 post-op: my pain has gone from 8/10 to 1/10. Surgery is a complete success. Boston Scirntific SCS with 32 contact lead paddle. Programming has been tricky and it will take many visits to get it right but I have it down well enough for laying on my left, right, sitting on the couch, and physical therapy walking which is all I'm doing right now. It's a huge quality of life shift. The only sharp pain I have is the three incisions in my back. I didn't realize how painful it would be. It's the worst pain I've ever been in. But, it's temporary, maybe two or three weeks. Each day it gets better. At first I couldn't move. Now I can sit up with minimal help, shower half my body before asking for assistance, getting dressed is a challenge and I can't tie my shoes but again, it's temporary.

I can't wait to return to work.

I remember when I first turned on the implant. My CRPS pain completely melted away. 100%. I cried for so long, happy tears.

If you're considering a SCS, it's well worth it. I can't wait to see what next month looks like. It surely won't be me laying in bed 22 hours a day like I used to.

Feb 08, 2016 12:49 AM

I'm so happy it worked for you :) you must be so excited

Feb 08, 2016 8:17 AM

That's great news to hear!! Keep us updated! You have me so excited to get mine this year!

Feb 08, 2016 11:00 AM

Hiya. I'm so pleased for you that it's been successful. I've had mine for 5.5 yrs and right before Christmas had mine replaced as the battery ran out so am 6 wks post op. It is a rough surgery - I didn't expect the IPG replacement to be so bad. Mine works better now than before. If you need or want to chat just message me.
Bex ☺

Feb 09, 2016 3:07 AM

I am so very pleased to hear that you have had such wonderful success!!! I have an SCS myself and it was surgically revised 5 times and now sits broken and non functioning with no chance to replace it again. They have made leaps and bounds in these units and I wish they could remove the one I have but would be very risky for paralyzing me. It's implanted at my brain stem and C1, so they can't get it out. Also, the vertebrae C1-C6 have all had laminectomies and the scar tissue and breakdown of the bone won't allow another implant. It's sad because at this point is be willing to try again. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you have a speedy and complete recovery and continue with the wonderful success acheived with the implant. 💕🙏🏻🌻😍

Feb 09, 2016 7:04 PM

Richard, I am so thrilled for you! Praise the Lord you had great results. Hugs & prayers you'll be on your feet and back at work very soon! 🙂🙏💕🌼

Sep 23, 2016 1:06 PM

This is perfect!!! Thank you so much for sharing

Jun 07, 2017 11:44 PM

Hey there. My pain doc wants to go this route. I have a failed lamy two years ago. Is ypur scs still helping? Can you drive?

Jun 09, 2017 12:29 AM

Yay RicharxAEmmons. I am very happy your surgery was a success 👍 sending fast recovery preyers your way.

Everything else will fall right into place for you . Thanks for updating us. 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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