injuries from spinal cord stimulators

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injuries from spinal cord stimulators

Has anyone suffered from paralysis or nerve damage as a result from Trial Spinal Cord Stimulators? I woke up after having one implanted in severe pain and no longer able to walk. I spent a week in the hospital and 2.5 months in a nursing home. (The SCS Implant was removed in the hospital). Doctors told me they could not say if I would ever walk again. It has taken me 10 months and a lot of physical therapy but I can now walk with the aid of a walker. I am still suffering with major pain issues due to the nerve damage. I still am unable to sleep in a bed. I have to sleep sitting in a recliner. While I was in the nursing home the Doctors there hooked me on Oxycodine. They gave me such large doses I was hallucinating and would pass out. I have been able to reduce my dosage to a much more resonable amount, however my goal is to withdraw off of it altogether. But I cannot seem to find a non-narcotic able to control the pain at a tolerable level. I would like to hear from anyone who has suffered a similar injury as a result of these spinal cord stimulators.

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Oxycodine come in an iv? I

Oxycodine come in an iv? I thought oxycodine only comes in a pill, I never heard of anyone being injured as you describe from a scs trial. And i had 2 trials already,

I am not sure how they can damage a nerve just by a simple scs trial, From surgery yes , but never heard it hapening to anyone from scs trial.

Its a prety simple procedure and if it dont help the pain they just pull the leads right out,

If the cause of nerve damage is from a scs trial then the dr had to be real bad, i have heard the posibility of infection can hapen that could cause some coplicarions with some people, Is that what hapened in your case?

Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
2012 scs implant ,

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Hooked as in addicted too.

Hooked as in addicted too. Not hooked up to an IV. They gave me the oxycodine in pill form. NO, this was not from an infection. What happened to me is a result of the leads damaging the nerves along the spinal canal.

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Susan

test lead implant manual wrote:
Warning: As with any spinal procedure, the risk of serious injury to the
patient (eg, hemorrhage, hematoma, or paralysis) increases as location
of the selected needle insertion site progresses up the vertebral column
— from a lower risk at a lumbar location to a higher risk at a cervical
location. Select a vertebral location that provides the widest and easiest
access to the epidural space during needle insertion to reduce the risk
of serious patient injury resulting from direct trauma to the spinal cord.

As you can see, it is one of the risks of the procedure. I'm sorry that this has happened to you and I wish you continued success in regaining the use of your legs.

I've not heard of anyone having this sort of issue from trial lead implant, and knock on wood I did not suffer any ill effects from my trial lead implant or the permanent implant.

As far as pain control, that is something you will have to diligently work on with your doc or pain management specialist. There are other alternatives to control pain, some obviously more effective and safer than others.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

"C"

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Oh ok got it, Sorry i

Oh ok got it, Sorry i missunderstud the hooked part. They got you hooked on oxycodine, How long were you on it to be hooked on it?

I been taking norco for probably almost 20 years now changing it up once in a while to something else so its keeps working, I dont think i am hooked on it even after 20 years, At least i dont think so, Maybe i should stop taking it for a week just to see if i end up holding up a gas station or something eh?

Sorry the scs caused you so much problems, So what hapenes to you now for pain control?

Best wishes,

Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
2012 scs implant ,

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Haglandc

Oh great thanks for the warning, i could of done without knowing that C.

My pain dr talking about doing another trial with the flat leads, sometimes i rather not know the risk, I rather go in there dumb and stupid and come out pain free, wishfull thinking,

Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
2012 scs implant ,

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I have a friend on another

I have a friend on another forum who was injured during the trial for the scs unit as well. The leads were shoved around the canal and caused serious damage to the cord in the thoracic area, leaving her with permanent damage. Her trial however was done by an anesthesiologist/pm doctor, rather than her PM doctors and he never showed up afterward to even tell her what happened.
She is still struggling today, almost two years later. She also was paralyzed in the incident, damage to her bladder, bowels, etc...
It is one of the reasons that I will not go through the trial at this point during my life. Maybe later, in the future when my pain management options are dwindling but for now, I will keep doing what I do now.
I wish the OP the best of luck in regaining her use of her legs and any other damage that was done. What about the use of nerve pain medications instead of oxycontin? Those type of meds are usually far more effective in treating neuro pain than opiates.
Sandi

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sharp pain after stimulator taken out

ive been looking on the net for days now to see if anyone was having the same problems i was after having the trial stimulator removed,after i got the leads pulled out i have new pain,its a sharp pain,it goes from the incision site and radiates down the middle of my back,i never had this before,i also suffered from major muscle spasms while i had it in,hence the reason i didnt get the permanent one.no sign of infection either,just dont know what would cause the pain,sorry you having such a hard time,i hope u get better soon.

btw i have ddd,a laminectomy lower back sever nerve damage,failed back syndrome

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HI Joyce, Have you had any

HI Joyce,
Have you had any MRI's or CT scans done since the trial to make sure that there is no damage or compression?
If I were you, that's the first thing that I would do is talk to my PM doctor or surgeon and if they won't order the tests, talk to your general practioner and have those done to confirm that there is no permanent damage.
Taking out the temporary leads sounds so simple- we just pull them out, but if there is compression in the canal, or spondylolysthesis or bulging discs or herniations, yanking out those leads can cause more damage if not done carefully when the trial leads are removed.
Best wishes to you,
Sandi