What would cause an implantable device to "flip" therefore making the unit not as efficient or not helpful at all? Can anyone help out with this one?
If your stimulator flipped like mine did you can't charge the unit. Therefore, if you run your battery low or out it won't work at all. I noticed when I went to charge my unit I wasn't getting a charge at all. I was having a procedure done and they looked at my stimulator and it had flipped and broke away from the lining of the stomach that it was stitch too. My neurosurgeon had to go back in and resew the unit to my side.
My implant device did not flip, but one of the wires shorted out, and the unit would shock me when I turned it on. We tried all the different leads and all of them shocked me. So I had to go without my unit until I had the surgery to replace the wire/leads. The Dr. said somehow the wire got bent and the electricity was flowing out into my body. Painful to say the least. I have no idea how the wire, which has been in place for over 3 years got bent. Obviously I am not doing back flips or anything. This was the first time they had seen such a thing.
I have had about 14/15 spine fusions in the last 25 years. Lumbar is fused with hardware from L2-S1. Fusion at t8/9 and cervical from C3-T1 with wires, screw and plates. the last on was 5/3/09 cervical.
Anyway I have been in terrible pain in my low back, going around in a circle to the front & groin. I finally
consented to have have trial with the stimulator next Tues 3/9/10 for my lumbar pain. I have the same terrible pain in my neck & arms but they say I would need two stimulators. I am going to try the lumbar first & see what happens.
The more I read about the stimulator the more scared I am getting about doing it. It seems to me that stimulator is not helping anyone with their back pain & it only helps leg pain. I do not have any leg pain accept top of front right thigh. I do not know what to do.
hi, i had a implant done in 7/09 for chronic pain in my low back. i have a spinal fusion L2-L4 that didnt work so i have had non stop pain since 7/09 and the stimulator has helped me a lot. i still use pain meds but not as much. i was skeptical at first but with several adjustments it seems to be helping me.
I had the stimulator implanted in 1999.
It helped the first month, then the leads kept-moving around "off where they were suppost to be". Then a man across the street from where I lived had one inplanted also, the battery somehow got a small break/ crack and it burned his inside.
That was enough for me, after it not working and when I turned my head it would sting, I began to see it was risky. My thought concerning it. Especially after I saw this man had to have surgery and have a large area of skin and tissue removed from it leaking.
I do not say this to frighten you, some have had great success. Not so in my case. Plus especially for the man who lost -because of the battery. I had mine removed, it would not work correct. It is one of those things we all have to decide what is best for our self.
Good luck in which ever way you go.....
I have heard good and bad, I personally was not pleased.
I wish you best of luck....
BMX, U SAID THAT U WERE HAVING UR STIMULAR PUT IN ON THE 13TH OF MAY.. HOW IS IT? I HAD MY TRIAL PUT IN ON THE 14TH, IT REALLY DID A LOT FOR MY PAIN. I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM SPINAL STENOSIS SINCE EARLY 04. I HAD ABT 15- 16 EPIDURAL INJECTIONS SINCE LATE 04 THAT ONLY LASTED 4 A COUPLE OF DAYS, SEEN SEVERAL PAIN MGMT DRS BUT THE LAST DR SAID THAT A STIMULATOR WOULD DO BETTER 4 MY PAIN. SO I FINALLY GOT APPROVED AND HAD THE TRIAL ON THE 14TH OF MAY AS I STATED EARLIER, WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FRM U SINCE U HAD URS SO RECENTLY.