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Temporary spine cord stimulator

Late in the afternoon when I got home from the hospital, someone from the home care agency showed up with an external spine cord stimulator. At that point I still had quite a bit of residual Dilaudid, and she could have told me that it was a Star Trek transporter and I would have believed it. I was told to apply it to my back daily and sit or lie on it, and let it run for a half hour. It beeps once at the beginning of the program, and twice when the half hour treatment is over. Other than that, I don't notice anything. Am I supposed to be feeling something? In the interest of compliance and being a good soldier I've been hooking up to the "mother ship" daily, but I'm really not sure what the purpose of sitting with my lumbar spine in contact with something that looks like the steering wheel of a TR-3 (boy, am I dating myself here!)

Anyone have any idea what the point of this is?
I'm not a spinal diagnosis. I'm a human being with a spinal diagnosis.


  • tamtamttamtam Posts: 2,749
    edited 12/29/2012 - 5:43 AM
    It sounds like they hooked you up with a bone growth stimulator. I am supposing you had a fusion done. For some reason your surgeon has ordered it for you and feels you need it to encourage bone growth. You can call the company back and ask them if that is indeed what it is for. They are a very expensive piece of equipment. You want to follow the orders that they gave you in using it, as it will give you the best possible chance of a good fusion. Of course I am assuming you had a fusion.
  • Ok, thanks! Yeah, I had a L 4-5 XLIF done. And yes, I've been hooking up to the "mother ship," as I've been referring to it, daily as instructed, since they delivered it. Just wanted to know what it was.
    I'm not a spinal diagnosis. I'm a human being with a spinal diagnosis.
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