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Muscle pain around paddle lead in thoracic-SCS

RobomomRRobomom Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
After 2 years of various meds and injections for pain that radiated from my spine around my right ribs, the doctors said a SCS was my only hope for pain relief. (I never got a true diagnosis besides being told neuropathy and maybe Tarlov cysts) In February 2009, the first surgery was performed via my pain management doctor using Percutaneous leads which went up into my upper thoracic spine. By April, the leads had moved causing the stimulation to longer control my pain. In May 2009, they removed the Percutaneous leads and replaced it with the paddle via a laminectomy in upper thoracic (above bra strap area). The incision site around the laminectomy took MONTHS to heal and had several infections. (Incision site was finally healed and closed by late September) The muscle pain was excruciating! It has now been 2 years and I still have pain in the area when using my arms that needs those muscles. Is this normal?? Also, I have a hard nodule (about the size of a pea) under the skin from where they placed the trial leads and the Percutaneous leads from the first surgery. Is that scar tissue??


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