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Trial Period Pain

Greetings Everyone!  My name is Elizabeth and yesterday my husband had the spinal cord stimulator wires inserted for his trial period.  At first his pain was diminished by 60%  except for numbness in his left leg and foot.  Last night his pain returned and he had to resume his pain medication. We are very concerned and don't know what to think.  I'd love input regarding what to expect.  Truthfully, I'm heartsick at the thought that this won't work for him.  He has been in pain and on medication for 12 years.  Thank you for any words of wisdom that you can share.



  • It's not unusual for the leads to migrate during the trial since they aren't anchored in place the same way they are with the permanent implant. They should be able to determine this by x-ray when the trial leads are removed.  If this is what happened your husband would probably get little or no relief unless his trial device was re-programmed. How long did the device work for him before he stopped getting pain relief?

  • hi leeswife

    welcome to spine-health

    you have now joined spine-health which has supportive members and lots of information to read and research.

    so many members have found that joining this forum has helped them so much and hope you find this too, for yourself and your husband.

    remember to write down any problems during the trial so you can report these to your husband's surgical team.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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