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Medtronic said:Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take pain medications during the screening test?
Your physician may withdraw oral pain medications 1 or 2 weeks prior to the
screening test. However, you may be given oral medication during the screening test
for breakthrough pain.
Never stop taking your prescribed pain medication without first consulting your
How long will I have to wait until a neurostimulation system is implanted?
If you and your physician decide neurostimulation therapy is right for you, he or
she will discuss when a permanent system should be implanted. Some physicians
proceed right away while others prefer to wait a few days. Insurance considerations,
including the amount of time to get coverage approved, may affect scheduling for a
permanent neurostimulation system.
Will a neurostimulation system provide the same pain relief as the temporary system?
Your pain relief may differ slightly. This is because the leads may be placed in a slightly
different location than during the screening test. Your physician can adjust your
neurostimulator so it delivers the best pain relief possible. Be sure to tell your physician
about the way you feel, so that changes can be made that will optimize therapy.
Will neurostimulation therapy completely eliminate my pain?
Many people experience significant improvements in their pain symptoms and quality
of life after receiving neurostimulation therapy. However, not everyone
responds to neurostimulation therapy in the same way, and your experience may vary.
Your neurostimulation system will not provide relief from other types of pain such as
headaches, stomachaches, fractures, etc
Neurostimulation requires a commitment from you. To help ensure success, learn to
operate your system. It is also important to follow the treatment plan developed by
your physician, including participating in physical therapy as prescribed.
Can neurostimulation therapy be stopped?
Yes. If you receive an implanted system and no longer require it for pain relief or change
your mind about the therapy, it can be turned off, and the device can be removed