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What levels do you have your Medtronic spinal stimulator?

    Hi, Had a Medtronic simulator installed in my  back one year ago and it is not doing as hoped. My trail I got a good 80% relief, but now I can't tell the difference between it on or off. I get the tingling when I turn it up I'm not sure how high I should have it. My rep has been very good but when I ask how high I should have it , He said where I'm comfortable with . Don't know if I'm just a to sensitive to the tingle. Like to know what level others are using. Thanks 



  • Staledale

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    We have many members with stimulators and they will be along with comments for you.

    I had a stimulator for several years and had good success with it, mine was Boston Scientific, it quit working after a fusion surgery and had to be removed, there has been talk of another one, but I doubt the insurance would be interested.

    Take care and keep us posted


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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,399

    Your rep had the best answer, where you are comfortable. Everyone is different using the SCS so no matte what someone says is their comfort zone might not be yours.
    I had a SCS and the trial went great. But once the implant was done, it was all down hill. I had it removed and all leads within about 2 months.

    Keep adjusting but in small increments. Keep notes on what number you put it on and how the pain was effected.
    Good luck and keep us posted.

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  • @Staledale you should set your stimulation levels wherever you feel comfortable and achieve the desired relief. I tend to routinely set my SCS at a level below my detection threshold, meaning I don't feel any tingling. However, if I'm having a bad day I set my SCS at a higher level where I may be comfortably aware of the stimulation. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. The absolute numerical level will depend on your lead placement and device programming.

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