Two years ago, I began experiencing pain in my lower back. After an MRI, doctors told me that I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and 4 herniated discs in my lumbar spine. I’ve had epidural injections, 3 nerve ablations and trigger point injections. It got so painful, I had to leave work due to medical reasons almost 9 months ago. Back in August, my doctor suggested an HF-10 spinal cord stimulator implant trial from a company called #Nevro. He also suggested that I reach out to people my age who have had the surgery before. The first video I came across on YouTube was from a guy in my age group who had had the permanent spinal cord implant already. In his video he shared what to expect during the trial surgery, as well as the permanent implant surgery. I sent him a message and we began talking about the spinal cord stimulator. Messages turned into emails, then texts, and finally long phone calls. Long story short, we ended up falling in love with each other.. and now he’s my Fiancé. I’m amazed with how a message on YouTube grew into this. It’s so nice to have a partner that knows exactly what you’re going through.
Anyways, I’m currently on my third day of the Nevro HF-10 spinal cord stimulator trial. This consists of having an “external” unit attached to your body. The battery pack is attached to a belt around your waist, while the ‘leads’ or (frequency wiring) are placed approximately 12 inches up your spine (internally). This is able to be controlled by remote to decrease or increase levels due to the amount of pain you’re experiencing. Over the last few days, I have had an amazing 70-90% pain relief consistently. In four more days, I’ll have the leads removed from my spine and schedule my full on implant surgery. This has been a long, aggravating, and painful process, though I’m grateful for where it has led me in my life. I’m so thankful for my family for always being there for me during this. Taking me to doctors appointments, and procedures every week. For the amazing technologies that we have to treat such chronic disabilities, and turn them completely around positively. And, most of all for meeting the love of my life, Joe.