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SCS implant 1999, looking for other long term patients

New user, received first implant in1999. I am being scheduled for fifth revision to implant a new rechargeable unit.
In 2008 I had my current unit installed along with replacement of subcutaneous leads with the paddle leads. I am very happy with the success I have experienced over the years, but lately I am having other issues and wondering if they my be related to 14 years of constant (24/7) use of SCS .

l have had natural disc fusions, surgical disc fusions, spinal cages installed and many other procedures since 1992 after my initial accident. I am 61 years old, have suffered from herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I sure these problems sound very familiar to many of you out there.

Am looking forward to hearing from any and all members of this site.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/01/2013 - 9:47 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • lbfrndflllbfrndfl Posts: 38
    edited 05/01/2013 - 11:03 AM
    Thank you. Not sure how to get my post where I want them.
  • lbfrndflllbfrndfl Posts: 38
    edited 05/02/2013 - 10:04 AM
    Okay, let me ask this. Has anyone experienced any annoying "buzzing" (for lack of a better description), from their scs ? From time to time it's like having a bee inside me and makes me very agitated. My Dr. has never heard of this, and can only suggest that I turn the unit off for a while. I have had the scs for 14 years and it is only off for ekg's and surgery. If I turn it loff I can not walk and am in unbearable pain.
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