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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Bozak
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Depends: They can work very well in the properly selected patient, who has failed most other conservative measures and doesn't have any psychosocial or seconda ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
That depends on : Several factors: the device manufacturer, the size and type of battery, how often it is on and to what intensity or strength that it is utilized. It ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
If: Placed correctly should help with pinched nerve, sometimes they migrate (leads) go have them checked.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
SCS: Although you have a scs - tolerance to its effects can be seen. This is more with older designed systems. The newer ones that are designed now days(bo ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
12 years experience Pain Management
Risk vs benefits: Infection is the #1 risk which is less than 4% per 2004 study in journal neurosurgery spine. Less common risks include bleeding, nerve irritation/dama ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Novack
54 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Quite uncommon like infection, nerve damage, spinal headaches and failure to achieve goals.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kelly
31 years experience Neurology
Pain management: Gabapentin can help reduce pain from neurologic injuries. It does not fix anything, however. Your question is lacking a point. Has your spinal cord ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
No: But a few thousand dollars later the overall result will likely be the same as with conservative therapy. Find a board certified pain physician and in ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Side effect: No special side effects because of the ankylosing spondylitis.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Pain Management: Spinal cord stimulation also know as neuromodulation is the use of an implanted device that delivers and small electrical impulse to the spinal cord t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Vinocur
47 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Adult/child: Babies born with a sacral dimple (at the tip of the coccyx) rarely have any issue other than dermatitis if deep and not cleaned. Any 'dimple' above t ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Not understanding: My assumption is you are asking what spinal cord stimulators (scs) are best at treating? Typically scs is good at treating neuropathic pain disorders, ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Disagree with Rx: First, not clear to me if you possess a VNS device, but removal can increase sz frequency. Furthermore, you are taking too many seizure meds, as afte ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Disagree with Rx: Why hasn't the stimulator been replaced, as the newer versions have better batteries and are far smaller? Usually cough occurs when VNS settings too ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowlin Lichter
71 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not wise.: Its like using a sledge hammer to crack a soft boiled egg. It is a dangerous procedure that has numerous complications and last for only a few months ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info.
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A female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
C4/5 surgery risks: Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery? ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
16 years experience Neurosurgery
It depends: I would consult a pain management physician for this. Definitely try a round of steroid injections or a tens unit first before having a spinal cord s ... Read More
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Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Lots--: Primary side-effects of Lyrica (pregabalin) include fatigue, dizziness, loss of balance, mental slowing, fluid retention, weight gain, and depression. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
28 years experience Neurology
Decompression: Non surgical lumbar decompression is a form of traction therapy. In the lumbar area this is accomplished by pulling a pelvic harness in opposite dire ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urin ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
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Possible: You should contact the doctor that implanted it or your GP and get it checked out. If you have fevers, chills, redness or swelling over the implantati ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Yes: Friedrich's ataxia, a form described in the 1860's, does cause a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, classically. Some of the other forms may or may not inv ... Read More

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