Hello everyone! I haven't posted a whole bunch. But some of you know my story, especially Shawley.
Anyway, two years ago, at age 35, I found out I had Spondylolisthesis L5 S1, with over 75% slippage. I just knew I was having back pain. I had a lumbar fusion, then I had a ton of nerve pain, so they removed the hardware. Still lots of nerve pain in my legs and feet. All sorts of meds, still nerve pain. So I got a Spinal Cord Stimulator.
SCS works great!! I had it placed over a month ago and it's been heaven!! Unfortunately, I have been battling an infection in the battery pack area. Lots of drainage from the incision. Three rounds of antibiotics. Now, I am getting drainage from the upper incision where the leads are.
Went to my surgeon yesterday. He said we have to take it out ASAP (Tomorrow!) They are going to take out the pack and open up the lead incision to see if they need to take out the wires. I'll be in the hospital 2 or 3 days with massive IV antibiotics. Then I have to wait at least six weeks, get my labs normal, and try again with another SCS! Waaaaaaah!!!
This was very disheartening! I cried more than I have during this whole saga! I am trying to come to terms with it, it just seems like everything that can go wrong will. I just can't believe it!
I guess I am looking for support. Maybe one of you has been through this successfully? I don't exactly know why I am posting this, I just needed to.
Anyway, I am reporting in for surgery 10:30 am MST tomorrow. Just send me lots of positive energy tomorrow.
Thanks everyone, I know everyone is dealing with their own sagas. I appreciate everyone of you.