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What are some drawbacks of spinal cord stimulators for treating chronic pain?

What are some drawbacks of spinal cord stimulators for treating chronic pain?

Several: Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive method of electrical modulation of nerve signals transmission to brain. It may be effective for treatment of so-called neuropathic chronic pain. Patients with these implants cannot have mri, should notify tsa and generally should be aware of any strong magnetic fields. Complications include mechanical problems ( migration, disconnection), infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

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 stimulator permanently implanted. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of spinal cord stimulators? I have rsd and pain in my right arm. My doctor provided videos on stimulators, but they were rather commercial in nature.

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What are the risks and benefits of spinal cord stimulators? I have rsd and pain in my right arm. My doctor provided videos on stimulators, but they were rather commercial in nature.

SCS benefits: Besides anesthetic and surgical risks, there are risks involved with scs itself. It includes scs malfunction, scs affecting the wrong location, overstimulation, the lead may move or become damaged, requiring surgical repositioning or removal ... The benefits of scs include pain control, improving quality of life, reducing medication dosage ... ...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.

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

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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Had fusion surgery in jan 2010 and then 2011 a spinal cord stimulator now the disk above my fusion is bothering me what could it be in a lot of pain?

Discogenic pain: Following spinal fusion the adjacent disc above or below the fused site can bear the weight load causing back pain or recurrence of leg pain. Check the placement of the spinal cord stimulator with an xray to determine if the leads have moved if pain relief has stopped. A ct scan may be indicated to determine if there is re-herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal cord or nerve root compression. ...Read more

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Would a spinal cord stimulator help with sympathetic independent pain of the left leg?

Would a spinal cord stimulator help with sympathetic independent pain of the left leg?

Yes: Spinal cord stimulation(scs) therapy is one of the best and effective therapies for crps. The key though is having the right diagnosis first (other clinical conditions can present with leg pain too) and getting a scs trial therapy first so as to determine whether or not one is a candidate for the scs therapy on a permanent basis. Good luck and be well. ...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?

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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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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Chronic Pain (Definition)

Chronic pain is a condition where pain lasts longer than expected (such as more than 3 months), or ...Read more