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spinal stimulator side effects

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: If you are asking on the indications for a spinal stimulator, the most common is chronic back pain. This may occur after one has had prior surgeries o ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain blockade: A stimulator can be implanted in the spine to block nerve damage pain. It requires a complex evaluation and trial before being implanted surgically.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
22 years experience Pain Management
YES: Sometimes the spinal stimulator lead and generator will be removed first. It depends on how you do with your intrathecal medicine trial. If you get ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abdallah Kabbara
22 years experience Pain Management
Powerful tool: Scs is a very powerful tool to ne used in certain cases .The goal of teh trail is to make the patient see for themselves if it help thie case or not . ... 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 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
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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 30-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 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
25 years experience Radiology
None: For a routine MRI without contrast, there should be no significant side effects.
A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Main one: All drugs have many side effects, including neurontin (gabapentin). One of the most commonly reported side effect is drowsiness especially when initi ... Read More
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A 34-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 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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Drowsiness, delerium: This is used for the symptomatic treatment of Parkinson's disease alone or with levodopa. Dose related side effects are common. Drowsiness, vertigo, ... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Not much: That is statistically different from placebo, though everything under the sun has been reported it is hard to link it to the drug. The one side effec ... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Limited, thankfully: The common reactions to Gabapentin are somnolence, difficult with breathing, sedation, slurred speech, increased hunger especially for sugars, tremor, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Einar Ottestad
18 years experience Pain Management
None: No interactions.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
PTSD: Elavil (amitriptyline) is an old tricyclic antidepressant with sedating and drying effects (dry mouth, dry skin, constipation, dry eyes) and cardiovas ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Uhrich
35 years experience Psychiatry
Headache : Is one of the most common side effects with medication. And yes, both Neurontin (gabapentin) and tramadol can cause headache as a side effect.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
19 years experience Neurosurgery
Probably not.: Lyrica (pregabalin) tends to be better tolerated than Neurontin. If you have concerns, contact your prescribing physician.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
37 years experience Pain Management
SCS: Spinal cord stimulators, may be one type of "nerve stimulators" you are talking about. This is a minimally invasive means to treat nerve related pain ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Few positive effects: There are few if any positive effects of brain damage. However there are countless negative effects. These relate to what part of the brain is affec ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Jacobs
62 years experience Neurosurgery
Any surgery can : Any surgery, even minor surgery, can have side effects. Besides the obvious risks of anesthesia, bleeding and infection side effects of brain surgery ... Read More
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