Tag Archives: chronic pain

Implant, hospital, ambulance

Wow! It’s certainly been quite some time since my last post on here. So, here’s what has happened since then. In January this year (2016), I had a trial surgery for a  spinal chord stimulator (SCS). This was done to see if a permanent SCS implant would be of any benefit. In this trial, I had 2 leads inserted and placed at C2 and another 2 leads inserted and placed at T8. The trial went for 10 days where I was limited as to what I could do movement wise. This included no driving.

The Complete System - Remote, Charger and Implant

The Complete System – Remote, Charger and Implant

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Pain Free!!

Well, at least that what the pain management specialist said to me on Monday. Yes, it is a possibility that in the not too distant future that I could be pain free, or at the least be able to reduce the need to take the narcotic drugs that I currently need to get me through my worst days.

 

The Senza System - Implant

The Senza System – Implant

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Where It All Started

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by and read my blog. I started writing about my journey dealing with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) back in late November 2012. Mostly to help me deal with the changes that this has placed both on my life and my family’s lives. But also as an inspiration to those of you who struggle with chronic pain, or anything else for that matter.

If you would like to have a better understanding of my journey, how it has changed me and what I have to deal with each and every day. Then please, read all my posts in chronological order from where it all started – Everything Crashes Around Me


What is God’s plan in all this?

A few weeks ago my brother-in-law shared with me an article written by Dave Furman, pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai. In his post titled The Struggles and Hopes of a Disabled Dad, Dave writes “Ten years ago I never would have dreamed that I would have a physical disability. But God knew the beautiful design he had for me and for the spread of his gospel would involve taking away the strength of my hands.”

God's plan

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Is it a bad sign?

a bad sign

I do have to laugh when I catchup with some people who I haven’t seen for a year or more. They see me walking ever so slowly and ask me what’s wrong? Most of them remember that I have had a bad back for some time. But the funniest time was when I recently saw a friend who we hadn’t seen for about a year. After explaining how things have gotten worse and that there is no fix for my back, he says “oh, so you really did have a sore back.”

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