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Severe Shock from SCS


I am new here, so hello to all of you struggling with chronic pain and trying to find solutions.  I feel some days, I am in the ARGO movie where they discuss there are no good options.  They go with the best bad option they can use.  Severe chronic pain seems to pick whatever the best bad option is available to you that day.

Anyway, has anyone received a horrible shock from their SCS?  I had two minor shocks and one HUGE shock that made me feel I was being electrocuted.  If my husband had not been standing right next to me, I would have fallen over and hit the hard floor.  This happened about nine months ago.  I cannot get Medtronic to look at the matter.  They state they do not give medical advice.

As an aside, I am a critical care registered nurse.  I have a long history in my career of working with medical equipment, and I have to say, this painful event has left me frightened to use my very expensive, and now useless medical device.

Medtronic does not seem to care.  I am stuck with the device and they have the money from the insurance company.  Any advice from SCS patients who have had this experience and received an answer would be appreciated.



  • Hi PPT

    Welcome to Spine-health

    I think with any problems with a device fitted by a surgeon, you should seek their advice about the fitting of it.

    Other members can only share their own experiences and your condition may be different to theirs, so the involvement of your medical team is very important.

    I hope you are able to find answers for your pain.

    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 on Spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

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