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Spinal Stimulator Implant
I had a spinal stimulator implant and im having fevers, headaches, dizziness and my lips feels kind of numb and tingling.
See Your Doctor Now: Fever is a sign that something is going on inside your body. Given the the headaches, dizziness and other symptoms, i would have the physician that implanted your device evaluate you immediately for possible infection. You may need antibiotics to treat this infection, however they should rule out any issues inside your spinal canal which is a bigger deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the best exercises 16 months post spinal cord stimulator implant surgery? Besides a recumbent bike, is Pilates an option? Weak core.
An approach: I prefer starting with a physical therapist working in a warm water pool, and doing gentle exercises initially. Later, one could start some core exercises working on back and abdominal musculature. At some point, an experienced personal trainer should get involved. The equipment is not the key ingredient, instead, the human support and interactional education. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a spinal cord stimulator & have about 15-20% improvement in pain level from pre-implant. Is that percentage about average for others?
No: Most patients will receive at least 50% reduction in their pain. How much reduction in pain did you have during your trial? You may need some reprogramming and evaluation to make sure your leads have not shifted. If you had less than a 50% reduction in your pain during your trial then you should have never been implanted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Confused: Are you asking is you can use the dynatron if you have a scs? You can use it, but i would turn the scs off while using the dynatron. The dynatron is used to treat sympathetic pain (like the scs). I would question why you needed it however, as it seems to me to be a duplication of therapy. ...Read more
I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in my back my employer is asking for me to take a polygraph will this interfere with the test?
Not at all: polygraph examinations use changes in your normal physiology such as heart rate, rate of breathing, and blood pressure to help interpret the examinee's reaction to the questions. A spinal cord stimulator supplies a very small current to the spinal cord and is not only not detectable but it also does not change in response to external stimuli. It will have no impact in the exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a chronic pain sufferer and plan on having a spinal cord stimulator implanted? What painkillers are available for spinal cord?
Best for leg pain: Spinal cord stimulation can be very effective for chronic intractable extremity pain but is not as effective for back pain. Temporary electrodes are initially inserted with an external pulse generator and if the leg or arm pain is adequately controlled, a permanent system is then implanted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treatment for pain: Spinal cord stimulation (scs) involves an implanted electrode (in the neck for arm symptoms, thoracic area for leg and back symptoms) connected to a pulse generator, all under the skin. While how it works is not completely understood, patients describe a tingling sensation where they felt pain. A trial placement of the electrode is necessary to see if patients will experience adequate pain relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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