By Chris Hicks
Hello to All,
After eight months of working through the process of appointments and paperwork I have finally arrived at a seven day external trial of a neurostimulator (three leads, bilateral supraorbital and one occipital, which covers both greater occipital nerves).
Yesterday morning was the procedure to place the leads and get the programming creating. The procedure was not the most pleasant experience as I had to be awake and alert in order to provide feedback on placement and coverage of pain areas. The placement of the supraorbital leads was especially uncomfortable. If this works it will be worth the discomfort.
After the procedure yesterday I felt pretty beat-up. Additionally, a severe migraine started just before the procedure and lasted the remainder of the day. I was beginning to feel hope drain away. After a surprisingly good night of sleep I awoke today to feeling much better. My pain from the procedure was decreased. And, more importantly, when a migraine started to creep in I was able to remove that pain by adjusting the stim.
As I write this post it is nearly 10:30 pm ET. To have a day where the migraine never got above a two on the pain scale is completely foreign to me!
Tomorrow begins the second full day of the stim. I am hopeful that tomorrow goes as well as today! I would absolutely love to hit the end of the seven day trial with enough results to justify going forward with the permanent implant (already scheduled for July 15, 2016!
I know that we all respond to treatment(s) differently. I know that fact all too well as I have tried so many other treatments in the past that have worked for some, but never for me. I certainly would not suggest a stim as the first, second or third treatment option. However, for those like myself that have tried nearly everything else with no success, the stim may be a viable option.
I plan to post updates during my trial period as replies to this topic.