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Anyone know which is the best spinal cord stimulator?

hmbledkimhhmbledkim Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
Hi. I been reading posts on here for years, but never posted anything before.
I'm in bad shape , like most people on here I suppose, in agony, at my last straw. I went to a new PM today, thought I was going for a pain pump consult, didn't qualify. After 4 years of hearing about the stimulator, I trusted this doctor, don't know why..I'm going for it. I looked up the one he want's to use, Boston Science and all I read were horror stories.
Can anyone recommend what is the best one to put in my body? I cannot go though anymore faulty hardware.

I had 3 back surgeries, was 180 fused, Dr went in to fuse the rest of me, found my hardware was defected, causing my brutal pain, then found my nerves were crushed between my L4 L5 because first Dr ( Butcher) didn't fuse me all the way, and now I have permanant nerve damage. I can't do anything. Drive, sit for more than half an hour in a car, chair, anything, no quality of life..I sleep on ice and heat, blah, we all have our stories..sorry..I just want to get this stimulator in me and hope to get some life back..

Thanks and peace


  • Each stimulator has it's pros and cons as well as supporters. All that really matters is whether or not the one used helps you in your pain management program. When you go through the trial, you will find out whether or not the BS stimulator will work for you or not.

    Don't get too stressed over the differences in the stimulators. If your doc has one he particularly fancies, he will be far more familiar with it's functions and features.

  • when I got mine I look and read everything I could fine on SCS MY choice was Boston Scientific. If you want more infor email me.

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  • When my PM doc recommended an SCS I contacted my neurologist first thing. He said he would only accept a Medtronics SCS because I can still have brain MRI's after the implant.
  • I have been very happy with my Boston Scientific SCS, especially with their representatives who have worked with me. My SCS did stop working and had to be replaced this week, but we found out during surgery that the problem was not the unit itself, just in the way it had been attached during surgery and those anchors had eventually cut through the wire that delivers the power to the unit! They do not anchor the paddle lead in the same manner that they used to.
  • I received my stimulator in Aug. 2008 for phrephial nereourathy in the left ankle andit took away 60% of my pain. the pain is not as bad when i got injured in April of 2007 i have m good ays and my bad days i don't have to take a lot of medicationlike I use to. I only take lorab as needed i use alidoderm patch and special made cream for ankle but most of time i can take 2 aleves a]unless the the pain is unbearable to where i can't tolerate then i would take a Loratab.

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  • I think the reason that you came across so many horror stories may be because people who are unhappy will take the time to talk about and complain about the product. Mainly because they are probably still in a lot of pain, therefore they are indoors more too (my guess),as opposed to those who have had successful outcomes and are enjoying their lives-and less likely to be online talking about their SCS.
    I do feel that negative reports get more press, or are simply .. more noticed.
  • I agree with the earlier post that most people are likely to post when disappointed rather than pleased. I have a friend with a Boston Scientific and he's pleased with it. I have a Medtronic (recently implanted, just over a month) and so far I'm pleased. Mine's not perfect, and neither is my friend's, but we've both agreed we'd do it again. A poster did mention that the Medtronic SCS does allow for head MRIs and that's a plus. I also have a VNS (implanted 2005) and can't have head MRIs in spite of having the Medtronic and that's never been a problem. I just get a CT scan instead. Go with what you're comfortable with - you'll be the one living with it.
  • [When my PM doc recommended an SCS I contacted my neurologist first thing. He said he would only accept a Medtronics SCS because I can still have brain MRI's after the implant.]

    They ALL have metal in them!

    But I agree that you want the one that the surgeon likes to work with the most, and has implanted the most.
  • The brand name on the stimulator isn't nearly as important as understanding the type of stimulation you need to effectively cover the type of pain you have, because each brand has strengths and weaknesses where the lead options are concerned.

    All the power in the world won't do a bit of good if you can't get it where it needs to be and recruit the nerve fibers that will produce the best results.

  • BionicWoman said:

    All the power in the world won't do a bit of good if you can't get it where it needs to be and recruit the nerve fibers that will produce the best results.

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