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Spinal Cord Stimulator

I am having a spinal cord stimulator permanently put in on January 10. The test was a
little iffy, as I just got about 60% relief on the last day of trial. I was having a hard
time finding the right adjustment.

What has been anyone's outcome from this procedure. I am looking for a lot
of relief, as I want and need to get off all of the meds.

Sportygrandma (until three years ago, when the pain started:)
Linda Collins


  • It's unlikely that you will be able to get off all of your meds. 60% is not bad for coverage. You'll probably match that with the permanent implant or even pick up a little extra. You'll need to be patient as things settle in. It took me 6 months to really settle into where I am now. I get about 50% coverage. I've had my stimulator just over 3 years now and it would be a cold day in hell if anyone ever tried to take mine.

    Good luck with your surgery.

    Happy New Year!

  • I am currently taking vicodin (10-325) 4 to 6 times a day; gabapentin (400 mg) three times a day; Exalgo ER (16 mg) one per day (this a new product on the market that is a long lasting morphine. I am hoping to get off at least 3/4 of the meds. Is that realistic? I have had three failed back surgeries for a disc and one of the surgeries included a fusion. With your stimulator, how often do you have to recharge it? Did they place it above or below your waist line? I am hoping to get back to my walking, aerobics and learning to kayak this summer. Is that realistic also? I was told there will be no restrictions once everyhting has healed. Did you find this possible? Thank you for answering some of the questions, I have so far
    failed to ask the dr. or the representative from St. Judes Medical.
    Linda Collins
  • Linda, re-read Kathy's most recent posts. Everybody is wired different. I believe her account of her experience and surgery to date starts on 2nd page of this forum. Im glad you found us and we found you. Kayaking sounds like a blast!
  • backbback Posts: 190
    edited 12/28/2012 - 9:28 AM
    Anything is possible. A lot people are able to reduce there meds. I have pretty extensive nerve damage, so the odds weren't in my favor. It is very helpful for the stinging burning pain. I have one nerve on the left side that the stimulation just can't reach. My prescription handles that one for the most part.

    I exercise every day. I lift weights and I walk on the treadmill at least 2 to 3 miles every day. When the weather is nice, I'll do another walk through the neighborhood which is also a couple of miles. In time things will level out and you'll be able to determine what your limitations are.

  • Well if you had the surgery - you have been healing for two months. I hope all is going well for you! One thing I think is important is having a good rep from the manufacturer. You will see them when you need to have unit programmed, and if you have a good rep things will be a bit easier overall. I just had my third SCS put in on March 5th. I have been keeping a video journal, and I also explain what happened with the first two. Again, I hope all is going well - and have a look at videos - the link is below.

    Larry F
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