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New here - SCS implant tomorrow

zoomazoomzzoomazoom Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi All,

I am getting my SCS permanent implant tomorrow after a successful trial a few weeks ago. The trial was great, my pain didn't go away entirely but it was at least more manageable and that is a step in the right direction for me. I've had 4 back surgeries, any number of ESI's, tried acupuncture, chiros, massage, etc. I am in my mid-40s and have been hardly able to walk for a few years now.

I used to be very active and did triathalons. I am wondering if anyone out there has been able to resume athletics after their SCS implant. I am really hoping I'll experience less pain and be more able to run, bike and swim. Or, at least do one of those.

Also, how has your life changed after SCS and how were the first few weeks after your surgery? How long did you take off work?

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.


  • HI Zoom

    I can't help you but wanted to stop in and say "welcome" :wave:

    There are several people with a SCS here, so hopefully one of them will see your post and stop by :)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Hi and welcome. I'm excited for you that you have the opportunity to get your life back through the SCS. I found that after my surgery, I felt ready to get moving before my doctor would allow me to. She required me to stay out of work for five weeks, but luckily I was able to handle a lot of my work by phone and computer from my house after a few days.
    I think the bending, lifting and twisting restrictions were much tougher with the SCS surgery than what I had when I had disc replacement on two discs the year before. Those leads have to have time to scar in, so they are extra cautious.
    My SCS is cervical and the stimulator is implanted in my left hip. At 8 weeks, my pain management doctor released me to do whatever I felt like doing, no restrictions. So I think if you have good pain relief and feel like being athletic, you will probably be allowed to do whatever you want. They did caution me about being careful with stretching type exercise (yoga or anything with a lot of bending) because you don't want your wires to come loose, but other than that, whatever I was comfortable with, I can do.
    Hope you will have great success! Keep us posted.
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  • I've had my SCS for over 2.5 years now and I have resumed doing many athletic ventures. I went back to scuba diving, walking, riding a bike, hiking (not the out for a walk type but hard charging)lifting weights etc... I did have to give up on Yoga and Golf. I also train and ride horses once again and even went back to work doing two part time jobs.

    So it is possible.

  • The SCS surgery went well although I have a hideous spinal fluid headache because the dura of my spinal cord was nicked. Also, the back and butt incisions are sore. I am sure those will improve. My doctor did say I probably should not plan on doing yoga which surprises me because I thought yoga was supposed to be really good for back pain. Really, though, I've never been a huge yoga fan so that part isn't too bad. Why did you have to give up golf? Because of the swing? Also, I am curious Haglandc, if your horses can sense the SCS? Horses are very sensitive animals, right? Do they react to it at all?

    I appreciate all of the feedback.
  • Bummer about the headache, but those do pass once the leak is sealed. The incision pain for me went away fairly quickly and ice was a big help with that.

    I had to give up Yoga and Golf because my wires run the length of my torso and I wound up tearing the anchors loose and pulling out the strain relief loops. So I avoid that super flexible stretching and twisting and it keeps the strain off of my anchors and wires.

    I'm not certain if the horses feel the SCS, but cats certainly can. I seem to have a natural ability to calm animals anyway, so not sure if the horses pick up on it. Cats love the SCS, I think it must be like the vibration of another cat purring. Young kittens initially flinch and then realize how good it feels and I instantly become a collection point for any and all cats. Even the barn cats will find me and crawl up on my legs or my shoulders.

    I hope that you find your SCS to be a great addition to your pain management.

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