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Spinal Cord Stimulator

I had my spinal cord stimulator implanted on July 23, 2017. At first the pain was just surgical, then once the scar tissue started to form we made some adjustments, but now I am so confused some days absolutely no pain and others the pain is just like before the implant. I go back to my doctor on Thursday, I was hoping to be able to be off pain medication altogether, but that is not going to be possible. Does anyone have similar experience or advice. It would be so greatly appreciated.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,107

    Hello fiddle_d

    Please click on the link for useful information Welcome to Spine-Health

    All new members should take the System Tutorial

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Hi fiddle_d!!

    One thing you might want to do is keep a journal to take with you at your doctor's appointment. This will show him when you are pain free and what you are doing but also when the pain spikes and what you were doing. It's hard for them to understand just "it hurts sometime".
    I had a SCS a few years ago but had to have it removed because I had too much nerve damage. But I had kept a journal and it helped with our decision.
    Keep in touch, let us know after your appointment.

    Spine-Health Moderator
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  • Which SCS unit did you get? I originally had a Medtronic's unit, and couldn't take the constant parastesia. Plus, I needed something with a higher frequency. Now we are in the process of testing and finding the right program for me. I do believe that I am on my way. I am praying that we will find the right frequency soon.

    God Bless You All !!!


  • Thank you both, I will keep the journal and pray for us all.

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