I was told that the 'shocks' that go down your body from coughing, moving, etc. would stop after about two months of placement. I was also told that they could get the buzzing out of my thighs and legs and just into my lower back. Neither of those things happened. I got it placed in April, and waited for a couple months to use it. I am an ICU nurse, and I do a lot of moving, lifting, etc. I was told I could return to work three weeks after placement. I found when I first tried it again that I got nothing... not even a twitch. I went in to have it reprogrammed. I had shocks all down me if I coughed or moved in the way I need to in order to do my job. It HURT! So I went back in and had it programmed again. I have two programs. I get spasms in my abdomen, ribs, and legs from the stim. I can't use it at work. It's just not possible.
The doc started to reduce my narcotics, but now I'm off work on disability because I can't work in that much pain and I can't use the stim. at work. I think I'm done with working now. I'm very disappointed, as this was my last hope. Not sure what to do. The doc said I should NOT be having these issues, and the rep. from medtronics said it's normal. Anyone have these kinds of problems?? I don't know what to do except file disability and hope I get it. I'm only 38, but I have many other health issues stemming from autoimmune issues. My heart is bad, my brain is bad, and I did have back surgery with rods, screws, cage, and hinge in 2009. I was just put on a chemo med to try to suppress my immune system with the prednisone. The cause of my back injury was autoimmune. It made all of the connective tissue in my back disappear.