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Medronic Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial

I am on my last day of my Medronic Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and have to make a decision if I want to have it permanently implanted.  Struggling with decision as I have read so many negative reviews.  I think it may be helping me some but that is questionable as I only have stimulation on the left side of my body.  When I ask the Medronic rep about it she never gives me an answer just acts like it is normal.  I am a risk taker, so I want to give it a try but the complications and failed results so many post are unsettling as I do not want to make my situation worse.  My surgeon is reassuring, places stimulators all the time and has been doing it for 18 years with no known malpractice lawsuits.  I am having the newest product implanted and am hoping the outcome over the years have improved.  I would like to hear about the good, bad and ugly things that have happened to others in my situation.  Thank you for your thoughts.

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  • @RitaReed I had two trials prior to implantation of my original permanent unit. During the first trial both leads migrated after only one day so I got very little info out of the trial. During the second trial one lead migrated after the first day and I completed the trial with stimulation only on one side. Based on the somewhat limited information I got out of the two trials I made the decision to move forward with the permanent implant and have always been glad that I did.

    The leads are anchored much more securely during the permanent implant, so are far less likely to migrate than during the trial. Having a very experienced doctor with a good track record of success perform the surgery should give you some additional piece of mind. I now have the newest Medtronic product (Intellis), which gives me the same pain relief as my original unit, but with a smaller battery and a better remote control.

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  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 551

     Just wondering if a spinal cord stimulator helps with muscle tightness,  does it help with tightness in the diaphragm area. Has anyone had issues with the diaphragm and back muscles.

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