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spinal stimulator

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, I have had 8 back surgeries and on my way to number 9, which is a revisement of the battery and possibly some leads. The device I have is made by Medtronics. It hasn't charged properly since it was implanted. It should only take a couple of hours to charge this one is taking 36 hours to get anything, I'm not sure if it will even work after the revision, I'm getting so discouraged. Is their anyone out there who has had anything similar? Thank you in advance for your help ;;)


  • I have a Medtronic Restore Ultra and a few weeks ago I thought I was having problems because it went from requiring 2.5 hours to charge, to 6 hours to charge. I couldn't get a good signal unless I was standing up, which is a pain to stand around for 2 - 3 hours to charge. I finally realized that as I get back in shape, the generator is moving down a bit (my behind isn't as big as when it was implanted). Once I got that figured out I got a good signal and could sit down and charge. The other thing that was causing more time, was the amplitude I had the stimulator at during the charge. I find if I charge either in the morning or in the evening when I have the amplitude set lower, that it doesn't require as much time.

    What does your doc and rep think? Did the generator possibly flip? I read about the generators flipping from people rubbing the area too much.

    Please keep us updated and Welcome to Spine Health. Glad to have you on board.


  • My husband has a spinal chord stimulator like yours and he had to have his replaced from his buttucks to his front of him and now the leads have grown scar tissue so bad that when he stands up it really hurts him to stand straight up..the leads have been in since 2000 and now he is facing another surgery to put new leads in and reposition the stimulotor ...then he has a morphine pump so that makes it even more difficult as where do you put it as there is not many more choices and this last one hit his belt line..so always make sure where they are putting these as if you lose weight they will move or can have scarring issues...he loves the stimulator and it is a medtronics as well...just all the surgeries involved is so bad...hugs, brownc61
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  • Thanks for the information. SO was the scar tissue around the generator, the extension wires or the leads? What was hurting when he stood up, the amplitude or the physical placement of the generator?

    Just curious for future reference. I am hoping that by staying active I can keep this stuff from scaring to the point of decreased mobility.

    Thanks for chiming in.

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