Week 3 – Reprogramming

This last week I had my appointment with the Nevro Rep & my surgeon.  I had cautioned myself not to have too great of expectations.  The 2 1/2 hour drive was made MUCH easier because our larger and STINK’N BRAND NEW Chevy Equinox.  (We are now a 1 car family!).  ANYWAY!  though my foot/calf pain had basically stabilized to a # 6/7 … I was happy to report the joy I was having at rarely experiencing low back pain anymore.  I had concerns that the adjustments to address the pain in my foot & calf would change that.  He assured me that he could make changes that would keep my back “in hiding”.  

The Nevro Rep made his changes via the computer … it was rather quite simple.  My hope was to feel some pain relief within 12 hours.  After that I had a certain amount of control myself to “mess around” with different programs … as long as I made only 1 change every 48 hours.  The Surgeon came in and “heard” my concerns and was even more responsive to seeing the pictures of my left foot/calf being noticeably redder than the right.  I had some swelling in my left leg and he mentioned it was likely from not exercising it.  (Well yeah! …. I sat in a recliner afraid to move my foot for fear of increased pain.  Like I said … even the hair follicles on my leg hurt.)   I did feel like he “heard” my concerns …. thanks to the Nevro Rep.

12 hours later ….. I had noticeable improvement in my foot/calf pain and additional improvement in my leg pain.  My back pain did not return!  Can I get another HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!

48 hours after that I made an additional adjustment (yesterday) and I am feeling additional slow but sure progress.  Again, my progress is matching my hope!  

Since my appointment, I have taken 2 walks, each over a mile long, was able to get back creating with my sewing machine … and was able to “hang”, without horrid pain, with my mom in the ER for 1/2 the day.  Feeling quite chipper, indeed!

… to be continued ….

Week 2

I was able to walk a slow 1/2 mile (actually .6 of a mile ….. going to take ALL credit for this one!) around the “big” block. Was so encouraged that it did not seem to increase my pain.

Spoke with the Nevro Rep that makes my program changes. Was very thankful they were checking in on me. He asked me several ?’s to make sure he understood where I was at and was concerned with resolving the issue in my foot/ankle and now lower leg even though I, and I’m sure he, is certain it is NOT a result of the stimulator. Actually was encouraged that he may be able to make some programming changes that may help with the pain. He took the initiative to make an appointment with himself and my surgeon for the following week. I can not say how much I LOVE the Nevro team.  They have been my advocate and voice!