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Anyone's SCS Not Working Right!

I had the SCS from Boston Scientific implanted in my back last yr. It worked wonderfully for my low back pain and leg pain. I decided to try that after 6 back surgeries which included 2 spinal fusions. I now don't have my bottom 3 disks. I've always recharged my battery for the SCS when needed and have replaced the batteries in my remote only once.
Two days ago, I went to turn my unit on and increase the sensation, it did not work. There is one program that I use almost all the time but it was not working. I tried the other programs and only 2 of the 4 programs on my remote were working. I called my boston scientific rep and she walked me through reprogramming and got it working but the problem is that I have to turn the sensation up so far to get the said program to work that at times I am getting a real jolt. This real jolt is coming out of nowhere and when it hits, it hits! WOW!!! I was at a soccer game watching a grandson play. I was just sitting on a bleacher and all of a sudden, I got a jolt. Thought I was going to scream. It hit me so hard. COuldn't do anything. Could not move.
I haven't talked with rep again but am calling her this morning. Yesterday she said for me not to be concerned with how far the bar fills up on remote screen. Excuse me! I have to be concerned with the jolt I got from it last night. It use to fill to about 20% full and worked fine up until two days ago. NOw in order to get it to work at all it is probably 75%full. Only 2 other programs are working right but there not the ones I use the most or gives me the right relief. I am writing this wondering if there is anyone else out there who has experienced this or going through this right now.
Like I said, I had this implanted last yr and had no problems til 2 days ago. The rep also said that a lead in my back probably shifted causing this but since I got it to work to be concerned. If she only could feel the jolt I felt last night.
keith simpson


  • and explain about the jolt you got. I do know that they can be positional, meaning that if you move in a certain way, that can cause the jolt type of feeling that you felt but it seems that the issue might be with the remote since it all was working fine until the batteries were changed.
    The leads should not have moved, since you have had the stimulator for awhile, unless of course, you moved quickly enough to cause them to become unscarred in. Once they are scarred in, they should not move around enough to change the sensation patterns. Are you sure that you have the right type of batteries in the remote?
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  • CherylCCCherylC Posts: 185
    edited 08/30/2013 - 11:15 AM
    Hi Parman

    I had a St Jude Eon Mini implanted at the end of July. About a week ago the IPG started to chew through its charge really quickly (battery flat within 2 days). Around the same time I started having to turn the unit up higher and higher to get any relief. Didn't worry too much at the time because I thought it was just related to healing. Then, a couple of days ago it started hitting me with really bad jolts even when I was staying still. Jolts are so bad that it almost drops me to the floor. Have come to the conclusion that I might have a loose connection. I can now turn the unit off and on by just tapping the IPG with my finger.

    I have an appointment with the rep on Monday to explore the problem further. Not looking forward to the outcome.

  • Im so sorry. And not even the same manufacturer. Those jolts have to be worse than nerve pain. I hope they can help. Let us know. So very close but so very far away!
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