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well the honeymoon is over

wdwgrannywwdwgranny Posts: 63
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
i had my scs implanted aug 24 09, for lumbat spine they placed it in the thoratic spine by lmaenotomy i have medtronic, 16 paddle?
the pain where they implanted the paddle is now becoming horribale they have adjusted my settings and it feels like some one stabbed me in the back , it aches and gets up to a 10 on pain scale they are doing a mylogram there and lumbar spine because my leg pain and low back pain has continued to increase since implant i had a few good monthns the coverage just isnt there enough any more ,i have increased my pain med and now they are talking about methodone .., yikes..
any one else have this pain where thier implant is not the battery... the lead? thanks


  • Please don't give up on the stimulator just yet. Is it possible you tore an anchor or something where your paddle leads are implanted. I don't have surgical leads but I definitely can feel it when my percutaneous leads have been stressed. Maybe the lead has migrated to the point to cause pain and reduce your stimulation field. Has your stimulation changed at all?

  • I have waited 2 years to have mine removed.Have them check you out with a regular x-ray and it might show the leads migrating.If not,get your rep to readjust your stimular and try it that way.The last thing you want is removal,I have tried all but am looking at having mine removed.I am sorry you are hurting worse.
  • So sorry to hear you are having such painful problems. Hopefully they will get it figured out and get things right for you again.
    I had my SCS removed in Dec. It was not helping my pain at all. Havinng one removed is much easier than having it implanted. It was a piece of cake.
    But there is still hope. I just went through a 3 day trial for a pain pump implant. I did not want the trial to end! At long last I was free of pain!! For 3 days....no pain!! For 3 whole days no oral pain meds.
    Although you may have to have your SCS removed...there is still hope!

    Patsy W
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