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Hi I’m Michael, so I was a Police Officer and injured on duty and received a L-4-S1 fusion. As a result of the fusion I was in extreme pain. I had the Boston scientific SCS inplanted. Are used it with success for about four months and my fusion paint that I have now had this implanted in me for just over four years. For the last nine months I’ve been having pain and the last recent two months extreme pain where the battery is and where the leads are implanted in my T spine. I saw an orthopedic, a pain management doctor and a neurosurgeon; the surgeon says I have a lead breakage and “it’s floating around in there”. My battery has shifted over 3 inches now. Being that I have something floating around my spine that’s metal I would think that I needed surgery right away but they say until March 1 is when I can get in. Does anybody feel that this is a pressing matter that a piece of metal is floating by my epidural space and risking a spinal tap? as I researched this and the doctors haven’t. Boston scientific came to the doctors appointment she said absolutely nothing the whole time and left even didn’t have answers for my questions except that “we dont see this a lot”. I’m kind of worried and nervous that if I move to hard or fast I will be injured. *** further note since the surgery I have lost 45lbs and body fat percentage of 13%.
1- Has anybody had any of the similar problems, I scheduled implant removal surgery and pain is a constant 6 on a 1-10?
2 - Has anybody had a spinal cord stimulator removal? and how the recovery ?
3- being that the leads our paddles in my thoracic spine will it be a more invasive surgery ?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and respond. I know nobody else with a SCS and Im a complete wreck about this. Have a safe day and thank you