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Spinal Cord Stimulator

I wish I would have found this site first. I had my Spinal Cord Stimulator installed about a year ago. I thought it was doing great for my leg pain but it never helped with the back pain. About about 6 months into it I started having an issue with my bladder, they made some adjustments and then I had an issue with my bladder and stomach. More adjustments to some subsonic setting which ran 24 hours a day and then my heart started to have issues it was hitting a nerve attached to my heart and making it stop. My back pain was never improved with the SCS I did get the feeling back down my legs but it didn't last and the side effects were bad. After 5 doctors had a meeting with my surgeon it was removed. My heart and stomach are back to normal and the bladder is getting better. The pain doctor still states none of my issues could have been due to the Spinal cord stimulator all of the other doctors disagree with him. After it was removed the pain in my foot became worse I was sent to a foot specialist the doctor determined it was additional nerve damage caused by the spinal cord stimulator surgeries. The pain is still there I don't have a good way to deal with the pain other than meds, ice and a TENS unit. After having both devices I think the TENS unit works better and doesn't have any of the side effects that I had with the SCS. I am not one to take a doctor to court I still think he was truly trying to help me but the device just doesn't work well. I talked to several of his other patients who had the surgery and none of them had a positive outcome so I keep asking myself why do they keep pushing it. The doctors complain that sites like this one are for the few to use as an outlet to complain but the only positive reviews are the few listed on the manufacture's websites and you will never find a negative review on their sites. I do think the pain doctors and manufactures are taking advantage of people who are in pain and are willing to try anything to help with the pain. I wish I would have taken a step back and did more research but when they came to me with this solution not once did they talk about any of the side affects I suffered. I was looking for anything to help at that point and never did I think this would make things worse. Please take your time the trial device does not work the same as the implant and with the trial you are still on the pain meds and they really block the test results.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Steph, thanks for your input. I am considering getting the SCS. Had I known what the initial back surgery I had did to me I never would have gotten it. Not from the Dr I used any way. Yes, the Dr that I used messed my back up. Do you think it may have been the Dr you used may have done your SCS wrong?
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