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Spinal Cord Stimulator...Your Thoughts

Oct 14, 2016 12:23 PM

I had a SCS implanted when they were pretty new in 1996. It cost $25,000 and the benefits lasted about 6 months. I was not happy. I saw where someone posted something about having to get their SCS recalibrated which is completely unfamiliar to me as this was not an option. Mine was removed during my 3rd surgery in 1998. I have a new doc who said the current SCS implants are so much better than they used to be and I would be a great candidate for one. If you have one, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!

Oct 14, 2016 12:57 PM

I had mine done about 3 years ago. With mine I have a controller where if I place it over the battery pack I can adjust the intensity as well as frequency. That's nice to have that control. I can also (and I need to do this) call my representative from Medtronic and she can meet me somewhere to re-calibrate the areas the pulses reach. Mine is for my shoulders and neck area so she can redo it to reach certain parts of those areas of I find I need it more in those areas.

As for if it worked. For the first year - give it take a few months, it removed my headaches. That was an added bonus. It helped some with the pain but not as much as I had hoped.

Oct 14, 2016 4:51 PM

Im waiting to have an SCS implant... 😚the technology is improving at such a pace... πŸ€—i walk into it with πŸ˜™eyes wide open... 😊and positive vibes.. its all we can do πŸ€—

Oct 14, 2016 5:36 PM

This is a great question as I am thinking of getting one too! I look forward to reading more comments.

Oct 14, 2016 7:48 PM

I'm on waiting list. Am in 2 minds though. Gx

Oct 15, 2016 12:41 AM

Boston Scientific implants are recommended

Oct 15, 2016 12:43 AM

You can speak with a Pain ambassador who has had an implant for over 2 years. Go to the ControlYourPain website and fill out the form. They call back within 72 hours usually

Oct 15, 2016 6:27 AM


Oct 15, 2016 8:34 AM

Congratulations!!!! Which implant are you getting?

Oct 15, 2016 10:02 AM

Nero stimulator from (saint judes) hospital

Oct 15, 2016 10:06 AM

One is rechargeable and the other has a I pod to control it but only last 1 to 2 years. The other on is rechargeable and has a big wire harness for it to place on your side and hold it there for 1 hr. Per week. But it lasts 7 to 13years

Oct 15, 2016 10:07 AM

My surgery to put it in is 10/ 27/2016. Can't wait anxieties killn me lol

Oct 15, 2016 10:09 AM

The adjustments are so crazy awsome went from my waist to tip of toes felt like this awsome massage all day too

Oct 15, 2016 10:15 AM

Good luck Jojo πŸ˜™ i look forward to hearing the results πŸ€—

Oct 15, 2016 10:17 AM

Congratulations!! The stimulator is so much better now than even 5 years ago.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Oct 15, 2016 10:18 AM

Thanks I can't wait. I'll def let ya all know how the final surgery goes

Oct 16, 2016 3:13 AM

Jojo, I had mine put in several years ago (at least 15 or more) and it is currently broken and just sitting there all scarred into my cervical spine where they cannot get it out. I had 5 revisions on it during the years I had it due to lead migration, shorting out or just malfunction. When it worked it was absolute bliss!! If I could get another for my thoracic and lumbar spine, I would definitely try again. If it gave me even a little relief it would be well worth the pain of having it surgically implanted and perhaps having less pain by 1/3 to 1/2, I'd be as happy as a pig in shit!!! Best of luck with your procedure and be sure to let us know how you did and what kind of relief you got. Sending well wishes, good karma and positive vibes your way!! πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Oct 16, 2016 1:15 PM

Thanks everyone for your input, it really helps a lot since my last experience was over 20 years ago. I'm not sure yet what type or brand he has in mind, I'm waiting for him to review my last MRI and then I'll know more. I'll be sure to let y'all know what he says. 😊

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