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Trial over - Decision on which SCS had to be made

I just finished my St. Jude Trial (Ipod) and had very good luck with it. The main issue, was that it was very intermittent in buzzing my body (lower back to feet). I could look down, and it'd stop, look back up, and it'd work. I had to conclude that it was probably both that the leads were just floating in there, not tied down, and that they came out the surface, in which my body bends. I asked my Pain Dr. and the St. Jude rep about it, and they had the same thoughts, along with the Dr. recommending that I get paddles (T2).

Now, I had to decide which SCS. The Dr. didn't care which (suggestions were St. Jude, Boston Scientific and Medtronics). I was mainly interested in battery life and convenience. I wasn't fond of the attach-wire-to-skin charging/changing settings, or big ugly remotes to carry around, so I decided to stick with St. Jude and get their Proclaim Elite, which uses the Ipod as the Trial did. Next question, which type of battery? If I wanted the rechargeable, the Elite was out the picture and I had to use the Prodigy (wire and tail). Rechargeable battery was supposed to last 10 years. The non-rechargeable was good for 7. The rep did some calculation, setting changes, on her Ipad programmer, to see how long I could get, based upon my usage. I needed it 24/7 at setting 9of21. She said that I might get 5 years between battery replacements. 10 yrs rechargeable vrs 5 yrs non-rechargeable ? Remembering that I'm the type that likes convenience (and being a tech), I went with the Ipod/non-rechargeable route. I'm 63, so I won't have the generator replaced 'that' many times. They may improve the battery life in the future too.

Next step, waiting to see a neurosurgeon for a pre-visit and then set up the implant surgery.

I'm glad to had found this site. Lotsa nice people and a bunch of information to learn.

IMaBird @ jacksbanana.com
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