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SCS Effect on sleeping

I had a St. Jude's SCS implanted over a year ago. Recently upgraded to burst, with a new Prodigy controller (rechargeable battery). I always turned the SCS off when going to bed. With the burst mode, I have left it turned on. I take Ambien 5mg and Trazodone 150mg. Never a problem falling asleep with the CSC turned off. About a month or so ago, I started having trouble going to sleep, and back to sleep after putting the dogs out, between 0400hr to 0500hr. Last night, while trying to go back to sleep, I wondered if it was the SCS causing the problem. Turned it off, and was soon asleep. I'll try that again tonight, and see what happens.

Has anyone else had this problem? I have also noticed that the burst mode does effect my mood, negative attitude, and so on.  After a few days, that effect  goes away.


77 years old.



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    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • Ken to paraphrase Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, I turn my SCS off for one thing, and one thing only. Both my doctor and device rep don't seem to think I need it on while I'm sleeping, but I keep it on and just turn it down. If you think it's keeping it awake you might as well try turning it down or off and see what happens.

    Honestly, if I was getting up at 4 or 5 in the morning to let dogs out I probably wouldn't be able to get back to sleep either. Also, my experience with ambien has been that it is habit forming. If I take it for more than a week or two it stops being effective for me. If I take it only occasionally I need to make sure I'm upstairs and in bed within 10 or 15 minutes because it basically knocks me out. 

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  • Hi Vince, I turned it off before bed last night, and had no problem going to sleep. After turning it off, it does not take long for the pain to return. When I am laying down, or in a recliner, the pain is very low. The problem was, when getting up in the AM, The pain is pretty high. It takes longer to get the pain down when after turning the SCS on, than the pain showing up pretty quick when turning it off. 

    I will try turning it down tonight. That does make a lot of sense, and it should make it better in the morning.

    AJ, Thanks for the links, this is a fine website!

    Ken, SWPA, 77yr

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