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Spinal Stimulator Trial Help please with a decision!!

tennisbunny4541ttennisbunny4541 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
HI! I am a 37 woman. I had a spinal stimulator trial done yesterday, it is the Boston Scientific. I have Degeneration at levels L3, L4, L5, and S1.
During the procedure i was not given any anesthia at all even through my iv or anything. The doctor said he wanted me fully awake and all i got were numbing shots that were localized. Is this normal procedure? I felt like it was torture.
When they started the stimulation up in the procedure room , I only got a small amount of relief from the leg pain. The rep came to me in recovery and did a couple of programs . It helped with the leg pain a little but did not touch the lower back area at all. The lead was placed at the L4 level if I heard the surgeon correctly. By the time I got home last night , the stimulaton stopped working, I had zaps of pain at the incision site and in my ribs, even when it was turned off and a lot of bleeding. Went back today for a follow up. X rays were taken a showed the needle has slipped one inch. The doctor left it in but turned off stimulator and is going to try to have it reprogrammed friday.
I just wondered if any one else has been through something like this and what your opinions are on whether it is worth giving this thing a shot when I got very little relief and a lot of increased pain.Please someone reply. Thank you!!


  • Correction. While waiting for the procedure to begin in prep room I was given a small dose of fentanyl to help with pain.
  • in many surgery centers, and every pain doctor has his own ideas on if and how much sedation is administered for any given procedure. It is something that you must address beforehand so that you know what to expect.

    I have not seen any trials so I can not comment on them, only to say...it is good that there are trials before inserting it permenantly.

    Good luck,

  • Thank you for your reply. I was told before hand that I would be given versed through the iv and only be awake to tell them where to place the leads and then be at a comfortable level until they were finished.
    Everything changed the morning of the procedure
    It just shocked me to find out they lied to me and my anxiety increased a lot.
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