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Headaches after I turn it on

weswwes Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I Have had a medtronic spinal cord stimulator for about 3 months now. Every time it gets turned on i get severe headaches and then turn it off. If i dont turn it on i dont get a headache. A medtronic doctor said to leave it off for a month and then we turned it on very very low so i cant even feel it. every week it is getting turned up 1 level. Still taking a high dose of oxycoten which hasnt changed at all. I would much rather deal with pain then headaches. before the scs i had a 2 level fusion in my lumbar. 30 days after the first surgery i was back in surgery again where the top pedical screw was on the right side the bone broke so it had to get repaired. About 3/4 of my right leg has no feeling.
I was wondering if anyone has had this problem with the headaches and what was done with it.


  • I also have a Medtronic neurostimulator. Mine is for bilateral leg pain. I would put money on it that if I turned mine up high it would give me a headache also. I operate mine just above the level where you can feel it. It doesn't get everything but its more tolerable. What settings is your stimulator currently set out. I might be able to give you some suggestions on different settings if you fill me in on that area. I do all of my own programming now, so I'm quite familiar with what works and doesn't work, at least as far as I'm concerned.

    There's a real art and science to programming a stimulator, but you also have to go with what feels good.

    What is your amplitude, pulse width, and rate set to. I wider pulse width will drive the signal deeper and requires a lower amplitude. Increasing the rate will smooth things out a lot.

  • at first the only had the volage set at .80 pulse width was 300 and the rate was 270. now they had me just barley turn it on to .10 voltage
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