Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial: Day 2

Day 2. Sleep was difficult due to the incision and the abdominal binder as well as my previously existing symptoms. My leg and back pain was intensified due to the procedure. But as I was told by both the Doctors, Nurses and Nerve Rep the first three days would be about recovery and returning to my pre-existing baseline, then we start looking for improvements.

There was no real improvements in any of typical limitations; now I pay attention to the timing of things more closely. The spasms in my calf started after sitting for 8 minutes today, the tingling turned into burning shortly after. At 15 minutes my butt cheek was spasming pretty bad. I stayed seated for another ten minutes before I really needed to get up. Normally I wouldn’t watch the clock so closely nor would I push beyond when my body told me to get up out of the chair. I had to down and all my normal symptoms were there. If there was any improvement it was to small to measure, perhaps a minute or two.

I was contacted by a different Nevro Rep there were no real changes to report. We decided to change my program to P1-6*. It should take 6 hours or so to notice any changes perhaps as long as 12 hours.

Day 2 end without much if any improvement, again that was to be expected. Tomorrow I could hope to see some changes.

*The Nevro Spinal Cord Stimulator is programmed at the hospital with several pre-set programs. There are three programs P1, P2, and P3. Each program targets the spinal cord differently. Each program also has seven different setting that adjust the intensity or strength of the program. So a program may be referred to as P2-5 is Program 2 at the 5th highest strength of signal.

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