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SCS & Urinary Urges

JwriterJJwriter Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Pain Management
Hello Folks -

Just had a 3-lead (1 - percutaneous and 2 - subcutaneous)Medtronics trial SCS put in yesterday morning. Sleeping last night was rough, lots of pain from the lead placement procedure but the worst part was having to get-up 3 times to pee...it's very unusual for me to get-up even once at night to do so! I had the SCS set very low as to not be annoying, but I wonder if having it on over-night is even going to be possible at this rate.

Has anyone else experienced the same and does the SCS somehow stimulate the bladders function?

Thanks folks, I appreciate any help in the way of experiences and advice that you might be able to share.



  • The SCS can stimulate things that you wouldn't normally think of. The only way to know for certain, is to turn it off and see if the "issue" clears up.

  • They pumped you full of fluids while placing the leads?

    Yes, as "C" has said SCS can affect things like that.

    I don't know your pain, but for me, I turn mine off at night. With the cervical lead I find my tossing and turning from normal discomfort to be worse when I leave the SCS on. The stim changes with my head/ neck position, so instead of just rolling over in my sleep it wakes me up completely.

    Try leaving the SCS off in bed. Remember the permanent leads are more stable as time passes. I may be able to sleep with mine on now. Honestly I have not tried lately, just got used to turning it off.
  • I found that over time I was able to sleep with mine if I set it lower. Then as the months passed I found myself sleeping with it on the same settings I use all day. Since my revisions and reprogramming in April, I have not had to change anything and have rarely adjusted the amplitude. It's like being "in the zone" finally.

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