The little doo-dad that you see to the left is what has been controlling my life lately. It’s the Nevro Patient Remote, and it controls the HF10™ therapy unit attached to the wires that are implanted next to my spinal cord. It tells them what stimulation “program” to run and at what “level.” (I use quotation marks because I’m assured by my Nevro reps that it’s more complicated than that.)
I’ve been talking to my Nevro reps about it a lot, in fact.
They sent me home from the hospital on program 1, level 5. That made the left side of my back ache constantly, even after they upped the level to 7. Program 2 got rid of the left side aching, but it made my right side hurt more. I’m now on program 3, level 6. It’s the most helpful one so far. I can tell a difference between it and just the pain medicine by itself.
Still, it’s not the perfect setting. I don’t know what they’re going to do when they call me later today. I was told there are other things they can do. Unfortunately, they didn’t specify what those things were.
They’ve got until Tuesday to figure out what to do. The wires come out on Wednesday afternoon.