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How safe it is during pregnancy

Hello, I recently had a spinal cord stimulator placed in December 2016 and then had to have a battery revision surgery in January because the battery tilted and it wouldnt charge. I have spoken to my Medtronic rep about this, but she said that there was never any study done on this and I was wondering why. Has anyone every carried a child nine months with the stim on/off/ on sometimes? She recommended to keep it off but was hesitant to give me an answer. I just wanted to hear what some other people had to say. Thank you
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello hfring01 !
    Wow! I think that's a very good question!

    So, are you talking about ......the baby in utero being so close to the battery?
    ...or the effects of overstimulation for the miniscule to full size of growing baby?
    ...or is it painful to the adult patient if turned up too high and for too long a period?...so concern it may be painful to baby in utero?

    I find if difficult to believe there has not been a study. Maybe there has been, but she is really just unaware?
     I don't know.....

    I look forward to following this discussion!

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    Sue
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  • H there, I've had a stimulator since 1999, just got my 8th battery replacement(2nd rechargable), I have had two pregnancies, both with healthy full term babies who are now 7 & 10 years old.  I had my stimulator turned off the first trimester and was monitored by a perinatal specialist for my pregnancies, however more for my thyroid than for the stimulator.  My boys are both just fine, active, busy, athletic boys. 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hi sparky!
    Did doctor advise you to have it off during first trimester? ...or you felt better that way?

    Thank you for responding! ....And, of course, so glad you're boys so happy and healthy! :)
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • Following. We aren't done with our family planning &
    I was only told it's safe to use during pregnancy. Hoping to have my trial in the next month. 
  • Sparky you are a bright shining light in a world where answers to this question are vague and almost never actually answered.

    Like the original poster, I too am looking to become pregnant following the implantation of a SCS.

    I have the Boston Spectra (placed last Friday 5/5/17) and the rep has only said there are no studies and they recommend turning it off for the entire pregnancy. 
    July 2009 - L1, L3, L5 disc hernation
    Jan 2011 - L5/S1 Microdiscectomy
    Dec 2012 - return of neural symptoms
    June 2014 - fusion recommended - awaiting insurance approval
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