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I think I have an infection....

JagJJag Posts: 15
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I got an abscess at the end of my tailbone. I've called my family doc who refused to even look at it. They said since it was near my spine I have to go to the ER. I'm not looking forward to it, and I put it off yesterday, but I'm going today. I'm wondering what they're going to be able to do since I can't have an MRI due to the SCS. I was told that it may have to come out? I called the ortho's office, but was told that he's in surgery even today. They said to make sure the hospital faxes him things because he'd be the one to take it out since he put it in. I'm not really worried... I think it's just in the skin, but the increase in back pain makes me wonder. Has anyone had an infection from surgery or just in their spine??


  • I had the stimulator installed last year and promptly came down with the mrsa Staph infection.
    I was terribly sick and both incisions swelled up and started draining pus.
    I was in intensive care for a week and almost died at one point. The stimulator, as the cause of the infection, was removed.
    I would advise you not to wait in regards to this infection , it can get out of control in a heartbeat.

    They offered to reinstall the stim but there aint a chance in hell of that happening to me again.

  • I agree with Jim, please don't wait too long before having this looked at. It could be something easy to resolve or it could be very dangerous as Jim has experienced. I have a friend who developed an infection during two different SCS implant attempts. He had to give up on having an SCS once the second one was removed. He is bummed because it really helped his pain, however he is much happier not having the disaster of the infection.

    Keep us posted on what you find out.

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