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Spinal Stimulator Gone Wrong?!?!?!

Started by jase on 05/15/2014 8:50pm

Need advice from those of you with the spinal stimulator. I had mine put in early March 2014 and its now been over 8weeks. I am in way more pain than I was before I had this implanted. The pocket site for battery is killing me......feels like something is ripping apart inside there. Plus now at times feels like something is shocking or pinching me around the battery site. It takes forever to get it to charge and my skin gets so hot around the battery area while charging that I don't want to have to charge it. My back has heat in it at the battery site and at the lead site at which at the same time the rest of my body is normal temperature. Also where the lead site is, I have a lump there, which dr said is scar tissue but it moves around and it hurts my spine area a lot. My whole lower back is so sensitive to even small touches....it all hurts. I am in so much pain, I can't hardly take it. I can't hardly walk cause of the pain and riding in the car is almost unbearable. The only little bit of relief (which is long) I may get at times is lying on my stomach, but when I go to get up....well lets just say you mine as well had sliced me in half. If you are thinking about getting one....,DON'T!!!!! Read others comments online and you will see why. If you are reading this because you are having problems too....then please, please, share them with me.

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I meant.... which is not long... on getting relief part. My whole day is just pain!

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hi,
I am thinking about getting a spinal chord stimulator. As far as surgery goes, right now it is the stimulator or a double fusion.I have tried almost everything else. Every anesthesiologist I have seen is pushing this Medtronic device. I am skeptical. I am a relatively thin guy and I can't imagine a large, pinching hot battery sticking out of my back or abdomen. Did you get ANY relief from the stimulator? I read that 43% of patients experience complications, whether an infection (6%), malfunction of the device(6%), electrode or lead problems (27%), cable issues (10%), or CSF leak(7%). The article below ultimately gives a positive review for the long-term use of SCS. But there are certainly problems as they try to perfect the technology and the procedure.
"Spinal Cord Stimulation for Patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: A Systematic Review"
http://www.painphysicianjournal.com/2009/march/2009;12;379-397.pdf

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I do not recommend the spinal cord stimulator. Maybe its just my experience and my doctor but I have had a horrible experience with it. I have so much more pain than I ever had. I have a huge lump on my back you can see it sticking out of my skin. When I touch it or it rubs against something it feels like my insides are being ripped apart. The doctor said the anchors holding the leads down keep lifting because I'm thin and there is not a lot of fat for him to implant them into. He's tried to deepen them twice. Why would he recommend this if he knew because I was thin that the anchors would keep lifting. I told the nurse practitioner I want it removed. But she said I need to give it more time. Well its been almost a year since he first implanted it and its been 3 months since the revision and things have only gotten worse. I had a ctscan done of the mass on my back and the report says there's more than one mass and that there is a lot of inflammation all from the stimulator. I go to doctors this week. I'm asking him to take it out again. Hopefully he will do it this time. I am not living life because I am in so much pain. I can't work and I'm fighting to get disability. I can't even get out of bed some days. And all of this has gotten worse since the implant. I can't keep living like this. Its not living.

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I'm sorry to hear about your pain I just had spinal stimulator cord put in December 10th of 2017 and just had them remove two weeks ago it was horrible I went through so much pain when they had the stimulators on it was like someone taking a taser gun to my back now I have severe nerve damage and muscle spasms all throughout my body I'm trying to find a lawyer I want to sue I live in Mesa Arizona what is the model and make of your stimulator I have the st. Jude Medical stimulator I'm just curious to know what stimulator you had put in

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You guys are convincing me not to do the trial
and cancelthe pysch consult for Monday.
I'm being bled to death with co-pays.
These doctors pushing Medtronic stimulators are like used car salesmen.
I just found out you still take your normal meds.
I've had two incompetent doctors who concealed the fact my fusion didn't fuse and compounded by removing hardware fracturing my pars. I just can't take anymore ptovedur d

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