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Spinal Cord Stimulator Causing Pain

rekeenfanrrekeenfan Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi All,

I had a Medtronics SCS implanted in July of 2009. The stimulation of my lower back/left leg is somewhat helpful, but I am having terrible pain from the battery, wire running up my back and the lead sites. I don't know if this is from scar tissue or spasms. I am still working, and purposely didn't use the stimulator during two week-long trade shows where I was on my feet 8 hrs a day. The pain from the stimulator and wires was actually much worse than my "standard" low back-leg pain. Has anyone had similar problems? I am seeing my PM next week, but I am seriously considering having the unit removed.

Any advice would be appreciated!!!

L5/S1 Fusion
L5 Nerve Root Decompression
Staph Infection
SCS Implant
Second SCS surgery due to incorrect lead placement


  • you had them check and run tests to make sure everything is OK? I can't imagine having mine removed, so I would sure want to make sure there isn't something simple that could be done to help relieve the pain.

    Something doesn't sound right if you had to turn it off for 2 weeks during a trade show. You would think you would have wanted to use it MORE than normal during that time.

    Have you called your programmer to discuss this yet? Anytime I have a question or concern, I text my programmer and get right in to see her. Always helps and at the very least, calms my nerves.

    Take care,

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