Hi. Coming off meds isn't a problem, the staff know you will be useless. Have you tried less sugar in your diet to stop cramps? In any case, you will have those odd looking stockings on, and they will give you something.
At Salford they do the op using a gen anaesthetic, so I had a 3 hour hi res mri scan, also under an anaesthetic, and a paralysing drug, it was great, just slept through it.
I liked having a GA for the main op, just dreamed and dreamed away. Had no problem waking up, although I still thought I was dreaming during my first and second family visits. (dreamt I died, it felt wonderful!)
The system using a GA is because of the bruising caused during the op, so the DBS is not turned on for a few weeks. The massive mri scan makes sure that they don't hit anything vital when they insert the electrodes.
For this method you are catheterised, which is done while you are asleep, so no problem there.
It was a revelation when they turned the unit on, the shaking just stopped, magic!
Don't worry about a thing, it's pretty routine now, although it was new enough to do a video for Greys Anatomy, so the top of me head is famous!
The DBS gives about 70% improvement, and the control in my chest is no problem. I was very impressed that the could get the cable in without any cutting,
It was a very easy and pain free op. Now all we need is a stem cell cure, and we will live happily ever after. Den...