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SCS and Nerve Damage??

ldmobleylldmobley Posts: 36
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all,

I had my SCS implanted on September 17th of this year. I am in my 3rd week post op and doing great. Went back to work after a week of taking it easy and still going strong. Still have minimal soreness from the surgical part of it but all in all doing great.

I do have a question. I keep my stimulator turned up pretty high (5-6 range) ALL the time. I do turn it down to about 4.50 at night though. I was wondering if having it turned up too high for a long period of time (years?) would eventually cause nerve damage? I know this is probably a silly question but I am fairly new to the SCS stuff. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for ALL your posts, they have been very informative to me for a long time now.


  • I don't know? I don't think so.
    The SCS has been used for a number of years now.
    I have run mine up pretty high trying to break pain cycles, changing programs etc, I've never noticed any lasting effect other than a few minutes of residual tingling that very quickly disappears.

    I often cover the range of settings throughout the day and turn mine off at night. I sleep to light to let it on.
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