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My boyfriend went to see another spine surgeon for a 2nd opinion as he is still in pain after 2 fusions. We really like this doctor and we will be going back to him. He took x-rays and says he sees fusion so no more spine surgeries but he wants my boyfriend to try the spinal cord stimulator. He gave us the names of the doctors who do this procedure and so we have to set up the appointments now.

Shawley, I know you've had the trial done but are getting enough relief to go for the implant? And if there is anyone else here who has this please help.

Thanks,
Lynne
[COLOR="Red"][/COLOR][QUOTE=Lynne720;3026943]My boyfriend went to see another spine surgeon for a 2nd opinion as he is still in pain after 2 fusions. We really like this doctor and we will be going back to him. He took x-rays and says he sees fusion so no more spine surgeries but he wants my boyfriend to try the spinal cord stimulator. He gave us the names of the doctors who do this procedure and so we have to set up the appointments now.

Shawley, I know you've had the trial done but are getting enough relief to go for the implant? And if there is anyone else here who has this please help.

Thanks,
Lynne[/QUOTE]

Hi Lynne, I'm new to this sight this is the first time I've posted anything so I hope it works. I have spinal cord stimulator by medtronics, in my case I wasn't given a choice I was supposed be more educated on what units were available but the Dr. neglected to do so. Anyways, I had my stim put in November of 2006 had to have a few adjustment with the different programs but I loved it. No more pain meds that was the best part of having this stimulator. Come March of 2007 I starting having some problems with it, it wasn't give me the constant stimulation it was in the beginning and then it completely quit on me. I had to travel all the way back to Baltimore,Maryland to see the Dr. which has been quite an expense over the year being from northern Maine. I went to this Dr. because he was the best around, they couldn't see anything on x-rays so he decided to go back in and see what the problem was. I had a micro-fracture in the wire(lead) that goes from the back to the front to the implanted component. So I had to get it revised, basically had to go thru the whole surgery again. Got home after a week and the remote to turn it on and off completely quit, so I got in touch with medtronics and the overnighted me another remote. I'm still having problems with the remote communicating with the implant. This has been 6-wks, I got in touch with medtronics and they told me they would get back to me in a week which the call came 6wks later. Come to find out my Dr. I had at John Hopkins was leaving so they found a Dr. about 3 hrs. away from me and I'm supposed to meet with a medtronics representative in a few weeks. I'm going to give it a try I don't know anything about this new Dr. Medtronics set me up with him so hopefully all will go well. I really love this stimulator if I could just get it to work right, it surely has helped with the pain that I have lived with for 26yrs. I haven't had to take any pain meds when the stimulator is working, I really hope I can get the problem fixed cause I certainly don't want to keep on having it revised. The reason I have this stimulator is basically for leg pain, I broke my back 26 yrs. ago and it just got worse thru the years. I had a fussion back in 2004, it helped with my back but not with the nerve damage already done in my legs. I had a freind that had stimulator and he loved it thats how I found out about it. I did some research on it and thought to myself this is the answer I've been waiting for anything is better than depending on Pain medication for the rest of my life. So, I made an appt. with this Dr. at John Hopkins in Baltimore and I was a candidate for it so long and behold I didn't give it anymore thought so I said lets do it! I'm not trying to discourage u on getting this stimulator, don't get me wrong I love it I just would like for it to work for me, my only complaint is "MEDTRONICS" its just been a big run around with them and I'm sick of it. Hopefully I can get the kinks worked out cause I do want to keep it long as it keeps working. If there is anyone else out there that has had a spinal cord stimulator made by medtronics, I would love to hear from u and the problems u have been having with the stimulator or the company, please do share. Thanks for listening, hope to get some responses. Lynne good luck to your boyfreind, but make sure u do your homework on the different companies who makes this product because it is a wonderful thing. Take care, Bekah61:angel: :wave:





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