By Chris Hicks
On July 15, 2016 I had surgery to implant a Neurostimulator with bilateral supraorbital and occipital leads. This surgery followed a successful external trial about a month prior. The surgery went well. I am told, but the surgeon and other clinical team members that the “tunneling” of the wires was somewhat challenging due to an especially tough layer of “grizzle”. So, thankfully, I was just about completely out for most of the tunneling.
Recovery was pretty quick for me, considering the amount of physical force required to get the wiring in place. Most importantly the Stim is working great! Conservatively I would put the improvement at 70%. The frequency is still up there, but the Stim is successful in masking nearly all of the migraine pain for most of my migraines. I have cut use of abortive/rescue medications by 80% to 90%! This is amazing!!!
I have lived with Chronic Migraine for so long that I am uncertain what to do with this gift. I am so accustomed to getting home after work in a beaten, drained, weary state (not to mention the migraine itself) that I am somewhat befuddled with spending a full day in the office and getting home feeling good. This challenge is one that I am gladly working on! As I told coworkers today, working through what to do when I feel good is soooooooooooo much better than digging and scraping for bits of personal strength to get through another day!
I plan to share updates as things move forward. Please do post any questions, comments, etc. here and I will gladly respond! I know, from spending so much time in clinics and with neurologists (and other caregivers) that each person is unique and responds differently to treatments. A Neurostimulator implant is, I am sure, not for everyone. It is certainly an invasive treatment! For me, having spent more than two decades battling Migraine and Chronic Migraine, this appears to be a hugely effective treatment!!!
I look forward to sharing more as I move deeper into these less painful & pain-filled waters! Migraine is still with me, but it is now in a much smaller box with a lock that works most of the time!!!!!!