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Post op pain from Spinal stimulator

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just had a spinal cord stimulator implanted 4 days ago and the pain is miserable. I knew it would be painful, I just had no idea it would be this bad. My surgeon said that since I had already become used to my pain medication it was like having surgery with no pain relief. I was wondering if anyone else has had this surgery and how long the pain was really bad and what I could do to help take the edge off. I have tried ice and I have pain meds but they don't seem to even take the edge off the pain at the moment and I am going crazy. Thanks


  • I have been able to manage the post op pain with Tylenol and Celebrex and an ice pack. Did you have percutaneous leads or paddle leads implanted. Paddle leads require a partial laminectomy which is a bit more painful but the pain usually subsides in a few days as the swelling goes down.

    Also, make sure that you don't have your SCS set too high. It is very common for new SCS users to set the stimulation too high causing muscle spasms and pain.

    And of course when in doubt, contact your rep and your doc for assistance.

    Good luck and Welcome to Spine Health.

  • I had percutaneous leads...but I was on 30mg of oxy three times a day before surgery...so after surgery I have the same meds and it is like surgery with nothing for the pain because I have been on the pain meds for so long already my body is used to them.
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