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Anginia and SCS

raedenrraeden Posts: 4
edited 10/16/2015 - 7:58 PM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
My husband has severe chronic chest pain since having a sudden death cardiac event with CPR 9 years ago. His pain is extreme and it is like having a heart attack all the time. He requires a lot of narcotics just to take the edge off his pain. His cardiologist and PM doctor have decided an SCS is his next step because he has had all the traditional treatments for his heart conditions and nothing has improved his condition as much as we would expect. It is believed he might have some nerve damage from his multiple heart attacks along with severe small vessel disease which can be extremely painful.

Has anyone here been treated with a SCS for angina? I think it would be great to hear what others like him have been through and how much help it has been. I don't expect it to be a miracle cure but any improvement would be life changing for him. His quality of life is pretty bad right now. He also has a defibrillator/pacemaker so I do have worries about the interference between the two devices. His cardiologist says that studies in other countries have shown that it is ok to have both devices at the same time. He and the PM doctor consulted together and decided it would be OK for him to have this done.

Thanks in advance for any insight.


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  • I just wanted to update this in case anyone else is researching a SCS for severe angina.

    My husband got his permanent SCS implanted Feb 4th 2016 and has had wonderful results. He went from nearly bedridden with pain to a man who has his life back! While it is not 100 percent relief it's probably 90 percent and we are extremely grateful. 

    The defibrillator / pacemaker company rep (Boston  Scientific )worked well with the SCS maker St Jude to be sure it was safe to do. Our PM doctor went out on a limb because of the possibility of a conflict between devices and was so supportive. Most doctors wouldn't even considered doing it. I know because I had tried to find one to do it for many years. It took the right doctor taking a leap of faith.

    We found out a few weeks ago that his PM doctor is actually doing an SCS for another patient just like my husband. My husband was put in contact with the other person  (at his request) and was able to share his story of success and help his fears.
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