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Discomfort/Pain at Battery Pack Implant Site

gsp4meggsp4me Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Had permanent SCS implant done 6/1/11 - for the last couple weeks, I've been experiencing discomfort/pain at the battery pack implantation site - (upper left buttock). I'm thinking it's just because I'm too skinny and there's no "cushion" around the battery pack. It's gotten very uncomfortable to sit and even lie down unless I sort of shift to the right to keep pressure off that side. I'm TRYING to eat more to gain back some of the weight I've lost over the last couple years (due to massive amounts of narcotic/opiate pain med consumption) - but not having a lot of luck yet. I've been weaning off meds since the implant, and I'm finally down to a more "reasonable" amount of pain meds - so hopefully I start getting my appetite back soon!! Has anybody else experienced this - and am I right in thinking it's just due to lack of fatty tissue???


  • Every so often I experience some tenderness or soreness around the IPG. I don't think it has anything to do with lack of cushion. Sometimes it just gets irritated. You can try and ice it down if it gets to bad.

  • I agree with Dave, ice on the site helps me. Also I use Flector patches which are an NSAID patch that I can place directly over the battery pocket or my lead anchors. It lasts for 12 hours and helps target specific inflammation and pain.

  • Thank you Dave & C. Good to know it's not just me anyway! I'll talk to my Dr. about those Flector patches, too !
  • I haven't had the Flector patches for my battery areaa, but have used Lidoderm patches (one prescription has lasted me well over a year). I find I get the most sore when I've bent over a lot (working in the yard, cleaning house) or after charging my battery.
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