Given that .01% of Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS) have been found to lead to allergic reactions, I am starting a forum to address this issue. Perhaps some individuals who are experiencing irritation, pain, rash, or any abnormalies have not reported because the SCS is relieving chronic pain.
I am a newbie.
History: Disabled Veteran. 1978-honorable discharge with a 10% disability due to a 30 ft. fall while in Ranger School, Mountaineering, Ft. Frank D. Merrill, Dahlonega, Georgia.
We were crossing a 30 ft. drop canyon on a 3-rope bridge that was over 100 ft. long. I was last and in the middle when someone became afraid and jumped off to safety on the bank. This caused a snaking action that caused all four of us to be flipped out and hanging on for dear life. We got back in, but everyone jumped when they reached the bank causing the same action. I hand-walked as close as I could, swung, then jumped but did not make the bank. I landed on my feet, mostly the R foot, and executed a parachute landing fall. Both legs swelled and I lay in bed taking Tylenol III for three days until medivaced out.
I have had pain in R foot for over 35 years with VA prescribing 8 to 10 875mg Motrin daily. In 1985 I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Doctors began trying a long list of medications that either caused severe bleeding, severe reactions like trembles, or no help. In 1994 I was prescribed narcotics reluctantly by my doctors. In 1994 I had hemorrhoid surgery, began bleeding and finally controlled in 1996. I have had two more (2001 and 2005) hemorrhoid surgeries and still have problems. Opiates are the only medications I can take that help with pain and seem to help my hemorrhoid problems.
In 2003 my L5/S1 discs ruptured and had fusion surgery. On the way home from the hospital a truck ran into the back and totaled our car. I also had pins put in my R and L SI joints with the R side fused.
Both legs swelled and I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). I was treated at the Shepard Center in Atlanta for over a year with nerve blocks every one to two weeks. A trial spinal stimulor could not control my pain. The CRPS was controlled down to my R leg from the knee down with a damaged nerve root at L5 that causes R foot pain at the ankle. The lumbar fusion was considered as a failed surgery.
Also, due to the wreck, I had knee surgery, bilateral inguinal hernia repair, R hand trigger finger surgery from using a walker, pudendal nerve entrapment surgery, and a broken coccyx that stays inflamed.
Presently, I take oxycotin, Dilaudid, Soma, and Parafon Forte as prescribed by my pain doctor.
Rather than increase the dosage of these medications After a trial during the week of Christmas 2010, I requested that the Ion implant be installed. Five weeks ago it was installed with the three-lead paddle and the IPG in R butt cheek.
The IPG site began burning after 4 days, spreading down covering my entire R thigh with spasms running down my thigh and one running down to my groin. After using for a week CHRPS returned to my L leg after a 6-year remission.
After 4 weeks (last week), I demanded the IPG be removed and a different one installed in my L butt cheek. This happeded on Monday. Now, on Wednesday, my entire L butt cheek feels like a branding iron is against it. I can tell that this is spreading also. I will wait this out hoping this burning pain subsides. There is no redness and tests do not show infection.
Does anyone understand my delimma? Am I having an allergic reaction to the IPG?