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Could not install leads for trial

Went to Drs office to install SCS trail.  Unfortunately, after multiple tries, Dr was not able to install one of the probes because of some kind of obstruction at that level.  Dr said it is not unheard of but this is the first time it has happened to him.  I now have an appointment with a specialist at Northwestern Hospital in three weeks who does the trial with the surgically installed final patch.  If it works, they then hook up and install the unit, if not they go back in and remove patch.   This happen to anyone else?  Also, they were suppose to put me in a twilight state of sedation, but whatever they were giving me had no effect.  Afterwards Dr told me he gave me 3x times the dose of someone my size from just couple of hours before my procedure.  The Boston Scientific rep will be any my appointment with the specialist.

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  • You might want to get another doctor with more experience installing the SCS.    Your experience sounds a little strange to me.  My doctor is a pain management doctor and has a lot of experience.   He's the third doctor I went to because I wasn't satisfied with the first two!    I have the Algovita SCS and it works well.  My permanent device was installed the 18th of July.    It hasn't been tweeked yet but should add some programs within two weeks.    I have to wait until I heal, it should be even better then.  The leads were no problem, I had one lead for the trial but two leads for the permanent.   I did feel the staples being put on the incision.  I had two programs installed post op.  One program with the higher frequency and one without.  I also have two rods & seven screws at the L4/L5 level and this was not a problem for my doctor.  Both my trial & my permanent were done in a surgical out patient center.  You may also want to consider other SCS devices.  There are six manufacturers of SCS devices and each has different + & -'s.

  • The Rep said it is not rare.

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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745

    Good luck, Laga. Hope you get the pain relief you deserve. 

  • @laga77 are you on narcotic medication or benzos that you take daily? Eventho the doctor gave you 3x the amount of medication for your size, your tolerance to these drugs skyrockets if you take these medications daily. 

    I hope it works for you this time around! I will keep you in my prayers! Keep us updated!



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  • Been on narcotics for years.  Even when I started them, I had to go to higher doses for relief.  Even before back problems, I had a hip replacement 13 years ago.  They hooked up a morphine pump after surgery, and I got zero relief.  Recently, I had to get off of the fentanyl patch because even though I was replacing the patch every 24 hours instead of 72, the patches were only lasting just over 24 hours.  The result was that I was going into withdrawal every other day.  I went through 6 months of hell until that was figured out.  I am now on Opana 15 every 12 hours but still need to supplement with hydromorhone as needed.  Hopefully I will be able to reduce that amount if the SCS works.  

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