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Does anyone with a Spinal Cord Stimulator have any bad side effects? I've have one that works great for the leg pain caused by the nerve damage in my back. I've had it for 3 years now. The problem is it makes my back hurt in a way it never did before.
Has anyone noticed any other changes? I've noticed a short temper, frustration and depression. Don't know if it is the SCS or something else. I would really like to hear what others have experienced.
[QUOTE=scrumb;3129804]Does anyone with a Spinal Cord Stimulator have any bad side effects? I've have one that works great for the leg pain caused by the nerve damage in my back. I've had it for 3 years now. The problem is it makes my back hurt in a way it never did before.
Has anyone noticed any other changes? I've noticed a short temper, frustration and depression. Don't know if it is the SCS or something else. I would really like to hear what others have experienced.[/QUOTE]

Hi, I have the advanced bionics stim. I have had it for almost a year. My doctor said that after a few years I may not respond to the stimulation as much because the brain can figure out new pain pathways. My frustration and depression is caused by chronic pain. I am having new leads put in next month (lead migration). The stim works well for my arm pain but not for my neck and shoulder. Can you ask for a CAT scan to see if you are having new issues? Take it easy, Mcarr





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