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spinal fusion stimulators

Started by zygy9 on 02/26/2013 12:23am

i have had a stimulator put in my back 6 mo ago no problems yet but i seen on tv about a class action suit has anyone have any information on this?

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Hello zygy9 I too have a stim unit for 5 years now I have not heard of any lawsuit have heard about the stim unit they use on the heart. Some type of lawsuit but thats all I have heard. Well good luck if you here any more on back stim I would like to hear about it . Thanks

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I think I know what your talking about. I did hear about the same thing, but I believe it was just one company that manufactured the stim. I wish I could remember the name of the company. I would suggest to google lawsuit stim, or name of the company that manufactured your particular stim. Maybe your Dr. Knows something abut it. I was (and still am) considering the stim, but still undecided. I have heard so many mixed reviews. Someone I know had it done, it didn't work and wanted it removed but the wires attached to her and was unable to have it removed. It sounds like you both have had great luck with this and that's great to hear. Is it a pain to recharge and/or reprogram? I am 2 years post op and in a lot of pain and trying to find options and get my life back!

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hey Cyncyn no its easy to program the only catch is that its done by someone who works for the company thats put it in so you have to make an appointment at a docs office and then met that person there. To recharge it is a little time consuming you get a small bag with the recharger in it. you then break it out at home and recharge it . For me maybe every 4-6 months I recharge it .It suppose to last 10 years before you have to change the battery.It depends on how much you use it.

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Ty so much for replying! Wow...I was under the impression that it had to be charged daily. Hmmm...I better give this more thought. I was against it when I heard a lot of horror stories, but maybe this is an option I should consider now. Was this surgery a long recovery? Any details about the procedure would be so much help, Ty!!!

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hello again cyncyn they have a test run you can do first the stim unit is small enough you carry it around with you in your pocket or small bag the test last about a week if you think it works you have the surgery and they implant the real unit in your low back area just above one of your butt cheeks its about the size of a pack of cigs so it bulges out a little the surgery recovery is maybe 1 week if even that much it not bad at all.However it has taken about 2 years of trying diff settings to get it were it works ok I sometimes wonder if I should have chose the pain pump instead. well good luck.

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Ty again...while the pain pump does sound tempting myself, I'm not so sure that its such a good thing to be pumping that much meds into us. But, like I said...it is tempting. Some days I feel like I can handle this pain just with my current meds, and then there are days that it is just unbearable. I try to do things that are somewhat "normal" to my old life and I am quickly reminded that it isn't possible without unbearable pain. But I don't have to tell you that, I believe anyone on these sites knows what I mean. Too bad the people who aren't going through this don't understand it. I have a mil that had heart surgery and healed very fast yet doesn't understand why I can't. Unreal. Anyway Ty again and I wish you all the best!

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