I have just completed week 1. What a ride!!!
The Permanent SCS unit was not to be “turned on” until the post op appointment on day 5 to keep surgical site pain and my chronic back & leg pain from confusing messages sent to my brain … and I am assuming also the Nevro Team.
Day 2-4 – I remained with a pain scale between 8-9 due to the left foot/ankle pain. Day 4 I was able to walk unassisted but was still unable to have even a bed sheet touch my foot. I slept with my left foot in a storage box to remedy the issue.
Day 5 – My post op appointment and Nevro Rep turns my unit on!
- Pretty much the same M.O. as the trial but, with a greater amount of information regarding charging and programming the unit. Was encouraged that it is best to charge the unit at the same time each day … which should take no more than 30 minutes.
- Reminded not to twist, bend, lift my hands over my head, or lift anything heavier than 5 lbs. for 6 weeks!!!!!! This allows scar tissue to grow around the wire/leads to keep them in place.
Day 6 I began creating the daily habit of charging the battery each morning
- The unit is charged by placing a rubber covered rechargeable coil over the battery implanted in my back hip area.
- as the Nevro Rep suggested … it took between 20-30 minutes to get a full charge.
Day 7 – I created a log to document pain improvements and program changes for my device
- Was happy to log that my left leg and lower back pain was down as well as my left foot/ankle pain was down to a 7 … but, I noticed that the painful area in my foot/ankle was noticeably “redder” in color than my right foot …. odd!
- I also noted that “evenings” and riding in a car made my left foot/ankle worse
- I finally started to figure out the difference in foot/ankle pain that radiates up … and leg pain that radiates down. Still confusing to decipher the difference between the 2 when logging my pain #’s.
- I received a phone call from the same Nevro rep I spoke with during the trial. I mentioned the left foot/ankle pain. SHE HEARD ME! Asked many questions to make sure she understood my concerns. Can’t say enough how much I appreciate the Nevro team
- FINALLY able to gently shave my legs …. even the hairs on my legs hurt!