Friday I underwent the second procedure of the stimulator being wired up to the portals into my cranium. This was a 45 minute same day event. It is actually a little more painful post event due to the tunneling of the wires from the subclavicular site of the stimulator up to the top of my head. All in all I don't think its too bad having only taken 1/2 doses of Tylenol 3 and a couple of 1/2 hydrocodones a day in the last week.
The best part is the lack of painful foot dystonia that was worse at night requiring me to crawl on my hands and knees to the bathroom every 2 hours with urinary urgency/retention... significant quality of life issue. This is a 90% improvement and that figure includes the daytime for the dystonia. I am still not as steady in standing and walking but far from falling or losing my balance. My voice is stronger but my tongue is thick and sloppy... kinda sound drunk sometimes.
All this is without the device being turned on yet; that will be initiated in 2 weeks. It is possible that the electrode placement alone has affected my subperforming substantia nigra... or it's all placebo effect. If so I"M DELIGHTED.
I do think that the placebo and nocebo effects are real everytime we are conscious. I doubt that there is any effect when we are unconscious, but you never know.