Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SCS trial still in a holding pattern

BR and I went and saw the pain management doctor today. It wasn't as bad as I had feared. Sure, there was a certain amount of CYA going on, but nothing that I would consider harmful to BR. I've decided to go ahead and discuss BR's medications here, but not dosages or doctors names. The community benefits cannot be discounted.

So we are going to try to wean BR off the Adderall and replace it with Provigil. We'll let you know how that works out. It seems to be all the rage among Silicon Valley executives.

We also discussed the placement of the SCS trial leads in BR's spine. After reviewing the latest MRI report, the doctor agreed that we should plan on trying a cervical spine placement in case a thoracic placement is not effective. It is now up to the insurance company to approve the trial. The doctor promised to keep the ball in their court.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so glad the visit went well.Meatloaf is coming soon!!!!

LISA EMRICH said...

I've never tried Adderall but I have used Provigil. Never took so much as to feel a "high" but just enough to gain some alertness and ability to function. Within days, almost felt "normal" again.

Now only use it when the fatigue has been growing and I know that I need the extra help. Just yesterday I was reading about some side-effects of Provigil which included lack of appetite and weight loss. I'm wondering if I need to use it more regularly again in an attempt to benefit from those side-effects. LOL. Maybe that explains the weight gain.

Kim said...

Fingers crossed for more good news once the CSI trial begins!

steve said...

I can live with a CSI trial, as long as it's not CSI Miami.

Kim said...

Doh! So much for my proofreading skills....