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Medtronic trial over, maybe Boston Sci.

nmacnnmac Posts: 112
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
It wasn't a good experience for me. When I went to the PM for the SCS removal my BP was 179/90 and my heart seemed to beat heavier in my chest. All the Zapping seems to have increase my muscle spasms. UGH!!! But the Boston Scientific Rep was there and plugged into my leads. The BS SCS seemed to have a different kind of current feeling to me. I never got Zapped even with movement. He let me go to lunch with my Daughter at the cafeteria and trial it for an hour. I think it might help but I didn't feel I could commit to having the surgery without a longer trial. So they are going to my insurance for another trial request. I can't really take time from work until November for the trial. My PM did say that I would have to have a Lamy if I chose to have the SCS implanted. I think I am going for a nap. I am really tired after this experience. Hope everyone is well.
Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.


  • You are fortunate to have such a flexible PM doc. I hope your insurance approval comes through quickly and you get to do a second trial.

    We are all loyal to the brand of stim we wind up permanently becoming melded with, but any one of us would gladly accept any brand that provided pain relief.

  • The Boston Scientific neurostimulators use what's known as constant current whereas the Medtronic uses constant voltage. Some folks respond better to one over the other. I think it all depends on the placement of it and the underlying condition.

    As Mack said, it doesn't matter which one you go with as long as it works for you.

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