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I had a spinal stimulator implant and im having fevers, headaches, dizziness and my lips feels kind of numb and tingling.

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 more

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Can you tell me what is the recovery time from spinal cord stimulator implant?

Can you tell me what is the recovery time from spinal cord stimulator implant?

Approx. 6 weeks: Any surgery results in skin and muscle being incised to get to whatever target is being treated. The human body takes about 6 weeks to repair and regenerate these tissues back to about as full strength as they will be. The actual surgery for a SCS implant involves a small incision near the spine to insert the needle to thread the leads and anchor them, and a separate incision for the generator. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises 16 months post spinal cord stimulator implant surgery? Besides a recumbent bike, is Pilates an option? Weak core.

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 more

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I have a spinal cord stimulator & have about 15-20% improvement in pain level from pre-implant. Is that percentage about average for others?

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 more

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Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

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

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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?

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 more

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Could anybody have a spinal stimulator?

Could anybody have a spinal stimulator?

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 more

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Can you tell me what is a spinal stimulator?

Can you tell me what is a spinal stimulator?

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 more

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Sister had spinal stimulator trial friday her belly bloat there vibration in belly the device removed today can she have permanent or no thanks?

Sister had spinal stimulator trial friday her belly bloat there vibration in belly the device removed today can she have permanent or no thanks?

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 .The best person to anser is the patient herself she knows how much help she got .Recruiment of later nerve in the spine could most of the time lead to abdonimal vibration , it sound from the discrition that the patient benefit from another trial. ...Read more

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Hi, I have idiomatic neuropathy. I also have a nerve entrapment in lower back. I'm considering spinal stimulator. Injections haven't worked. Any ideas?

Hi, I have idiomatic neuropathy. I also have a nerve entrapment in lower back. I'm considering spinal stimulator. Injections haven't worked. Any ideas?

Another opinion: I would get several other opinions first from other pain doctors and/or physical medicine specialist (physiatrist). I've noticed more people than not have problems with the spinal stimulators. ...Read more

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Daughter 25 had spinal stimulator trial yesterday than her belly swollen didn't bowel laxative 2 didn't go gained 4 lb feels vibration belly?

Daughter 25 had spinal stimulator trial yesterday than her belly  swollen didn't bowel   laxative 2 didn't  go gained 4 lb feels vibration belly?

Scs: Would recommend eval by physician who manages stimulator. Likely having no bm for couple days increases abdominal volume and then makes it more sensitive to feeling stimulator. ...Read more

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Cronic foot pain in toes no reason even got a spinal stimulator balls under toes don't touch floor has to ware toe scocks for support all the time?

Cronic foot pain in toes no reason even got a spinal stimulator balls under toes don't touch floor has to ware toe scocks for support all the time?

Chronic pain: It sounds like you are being treated for a chronic pain syndrome, commonly known as reflex synmpathetic dystrophy. There is no known cure for this. Doctors manage it with painkillers, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and spinal injections or neurostimulators. Continue seeing your pain management doctor and podiatrist. They will do all they can for you. ...Read more

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Spinal stimulator moved yesterday still feeling vibration in belly arms legs feel in legs te stimulator was one for 1 day only is that normal?

Spinal stimulator moved yesterday still feeling vibration in belly arms  legs feel  in legs te stimulator was one for 1 day only is that normal?

No: Often if you are feeling stimulation in your belly then the stimulator is not in an optimal position. A stimulator placed in your thoracic spine would not be expected to have any effect on your arms. As a first step, i would recommend contacting your stimulator rep to see if reprogramming can help with your problems. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator be used to treat musculoskeletal pain?

Technically No: Spinal cord stimulation is intended for chronic neuropathic pain affecting the trunk and extremities. Your pain specialist can help determine if scs is right for you. If your pain is more neuropathic than muscular than it may be an option. ...Read more

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Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Yes, but rare: Heterotopic ossification is bone formed in soft tissues from trauma -- from a bruise to an injection, to surgery of any kind. Bone forms in the healing cells that generally knit the soft tissues together -- SOFTLY! The hard bone formed can be painful, and is easily felt or seen on x-rays, as it contains calcium. Please see your doctor about this. If it doesn't bother, no treatment needed! ...Read more

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Medtronic or Boston Scientific for spinal cord stimulator? Just curious, not considering yet.

Medtronic or Boston Scientific for spinal cord stimulator? Just curious, not considering yet.

Chronic pain: Both stimulators work by the gate control theory of pain. Stimulating the sensory fibers blocks the pain fibers. A trial of spinal cord stimulation is performed first. If the pain is significantly reduced then a permanent stimulator is placed. Some stimulators are now MRI compatible. Discuss with your physician which system is best for you. ...Read more

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Is trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) the same thing as a spinal cord stimulator? Differences?

Is trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) the same thing as a spinal cord stimulator? Differences?

Nope: Spinal cord simulator is surgically implanted. The TENS unit is worn and can be removed and easily adjusted by you or a physical therapist. This picture is of a typical TENS unit with its simulator, leads and adhesive electodes ...Read more

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What are your opinions on the spinal cord stimulator? My pain management dr is forcing me to get it and I just don't think it's gonna work.

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What are your opinions on the spinal cord stimulator? My pain management dr is forcing me to get it and I just don't think it's gonna work.

Neuromodulation: Spinal cord stimulation (scs) is a device that transmits mild electric currents to the spine to interrupt pain signals and replace the pain sensation with a mild tingling known as paraesthesia. It is approved for treatment pain of the trunk and extremity. It is very effective for selected patients. However, if you don't feel comfortable with the treatment, you shouldn't do it. ...Read more

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