My Nevro Spinal Cord Stimulator Q&A (How does it work?!!) | Young Chronic Pain [CC]

My Nevro Spinal Cord Stimulator Q&A (How does it work?!!) | Young Chronic Pain [CC]


Hey guys, it’s Mo here today I am back to talk about my spinal cord stimulator I know that there’s not like an abundance of information out there so maybe if I talk about it there will be some more info in the world and I wanted to kind of clarify what my spinal cord stimulator does because in the first video I was just like it’s not that big of a deal just look into it or whatever but I know that it is very important to people to know how it’s working why it’s working and all of that jazz. So I am NOT a doctor but I do have the implant in my lower back right now so that is my, you know,certification. Certified cyborg, got it. Let’s Go! let’s go so in my lower back I have my pulse generator that pulse generator has two leads that lead up into the thoracic vertebrae of my spine into my spinal cord or not into my spinal cord but like, there. Then what happens there mild electrical pulses that are sent through the leads and those calm my spinal cord and so then those pain signals that would have been sent to my brain aren’t sent to my brain. That’s how it’s been explained to me that’s how it’s explained every time I’ve looked it up and tried to figure it all out because it is so complicated that’s the basic grasp of it obviously if you go to a doctor most of the doctors you will see for this will have a slight grasp on it. Strangely the psychologist that I saw that I had to see to get cleared for the whole thing explained a lot to me that my pain management doctor never did so every doctor will have something new to say some new information and it’s always good to just be writing everything down because when I was sitting there in the doctor’s office I have this onslaught of information while the entire time I’m so anxious because I’m in the doctor’s office which is anxiety central for me and you know I’m talking about getting a huge surgery that I could have never been fully sure about even though I got the trial even though I knew it helped with my pain I never it makes me feel better like if I ever get married I won’t feel bad for feeling unsure of the last minute because that’s how I was the entire time I was getting this so that was a scary in itself. Okay, moving on, oh goodness So why did I get specifically the Nevro Oh I got the Nevro instead of the St. John’s, I think it’s St. John’s spinal cord stimulator because because it allowed you to drive with the stimulator on which isn’t something you can do with most of them and the only way I would be able to drive in my head was if I had the SCS working and giving me pain relief so that I could actually drive even though I have hand controls and all of that so that like right there that you can drive with it was a huge deal to me. Another thing was that you can’t feel the stimulation or if you can it’s very light so I have had periods like nights where I’ve felt it lightly before and it’s like a slight tapping it’s nothing super distracting but with the other spinal cord stimulators you do feel it and it is a mild feeling of stimulation so those were the biggest reasons that I got the Nevro and I’m really happy that I made that choice even though it was newer so it felt scarier to me and it was more expensive but it was essentially paying for the medical upgrade and that’s how the world works you don’t get nice fancy things to help your pain because you need them you get them because you have money. So yay. Was the psych appointment difficult? No the psych appointment was very nerve-racking for me someone mentioned I think Tia mentioned down in the comments that you know anxiety depression if you’re diagnosed that are you less likely to be approved and I don’t think so I think they have an expectation of most patients they see that are coming in to get this are depressed and they are even if they aren’t diagnosed with depression they are very clearly presenting symptoms of depression and anxiety so I don’t think that’s out of the ordinary I think pretty much when you go they just want to make sure that you understand what you’re getting in to and to what it will mean as far as your recovery and if you have realistic expectations for the surgery they really really want you what to make sure that you have an okay idea that this isn’t going to cure everything you’re not going to be perfectly fine as soon as you wake up from surgery there are I guess a few things they have to warn you about with the surgery before you can get it and I was really pleasantly surprised honestly I was really scared and it wasn’t that bad. So yeah don’t worry about it it’s okay that- that part is okay other parts were worse. That one was okay. Does it hurt to have the pulse generator in my back okay so I mentioned in the last video that it’s uncomfortable to have the pulse generator and they lower back because it does stick out especially when I’m like a lower weight when I’m ten pounds lower than this hmm it’s significantly worse and I I can feel it when I’m leaning up against things but it doesn’t hurt unless it’s actually like hit or I’m against it for a very long time without realizing it which doesn’t often happen because I can feel it. So it’s yeah it’s not that big a deal it’s a little weird as far as like hmm intimacy things but bodies are weird so that’s just a normal thing. Mmm hardest part about recovery okay the hardest part about recovery without a doubt was I was so worried I was going to rip out the leads and that is the imagery that I had just them being ripped out of my spine dramatically. I wasn’t allowed to bend or reach like overreach all of that was a big no-no for a very very long time like months and months and months and months of no bending no reaching. Which bending isn’t a problem because I have back problems I shouldn’t be bending anyways but the fact that I couldn’t reach I mean for the first few months it was just because it was too painful but then eventually it was just I wasn’t allowed to and having you know the knowledge that you can reach but you’re not allowed to reach. That can be really annoying when you’re so restricted with everything else already so yeah that was definitely the most annoying difficult whatever part. Surgery recovery was alright compared to my other surgeries it was definitely the most serious it took the longest it was the most painful surgery because I had surgery scars on my lower back and also in my thoracic area so those were two decent-sized incisions that I was always laying on and always accidentally moving wrong and tugging and that was just really annoying but worth it in the end so what can I say. I know anyways I think that is it for the questions if you guys have any more questions definitely ask them below I’m trying to talk more about this whole spinal cord stimulator surgery thing. I was really nervous to talk about it in the beginning because I wasn’t sure it would work and I didn’t want to talk about it or encourage anyone to get the process started if I wasn’t doing well or if I didn’t know that it would help me so now I know that it’s helping me and I can actually tell you guys that without feeling like a bad person! but obviously I’m not sponsored or don’t get any money for talking about Nevro and the surgery is very very expensive so without good insurance mmm I don’t I don’t even know how someone would swing that but yeah please like this video if you liked it and subscribe if you’re not already. I will see you in my next video. Good bye! (Fighting!)