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painful and tender swelling after leads removed?

Good evening. I had the SCS trial placed on 12/2 and they were only able to place 1 lead instead of the 2 planned. They found there was so little room in my spine they had to fight just to get 1 lead in and there was absolutely no room to get the 2nd one in. Needless to say this led to poor coverage with the stim trial and I decided not to proceed with a permament implant. The lead was removed on 12/6 (11 days ago). I had tenderness along the left side of my spine the day the leads were removed and it was chalked up to post placement soreness because of the limited space to place the lead and the amount of force required to place that lead. I started having a lot of tenderness in that spot yesterday and noticeable swelling that is increasing today. Anyone have this experience or heard of this after stimulator leads placed and is this normal?
DDD & spinal stenosis L4-S1 since 2001
30+ injections, PT, massage therapy, accupuncture, TENS unit, meds, etc but no surgical intervention
I am not a surgical candidate


  • No medical expertise here, but I would go to your doctor to get this checked out in light of the increased swelling.

    Sorry to hear you didn't have success with the trial. I wish you all the best going forward!
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