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SCS Failure
Aug 21, 2008
In March 2008, I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted. I knew the second I woke up that something was wrong. The pain at the lead site was awful. The doctors tried to reassure me that it was pain from the surgery. Well, every time I turned the stimulator on, I got horrible pain on the right side of my back, near the lead. So, here I am 5 months later and I have constant muscle spasms in the thoracic spine area in addition to my low back pain. The docs want to go back in and readjust the lead. They suspect that lead is too close to the laminotomy and that current is spreading into my muscle tissue. The SCS does seem to alleviate my low back pain when I turn it on, but I can only handle it for about 5 minutes.

My husband thinks that I should go to the next step and have a disc replacement, because we think that (or fusion) is inevitable anyway and he doesn't want me to have to recover from 2 surgeries. I'm terrified of replacement and fusion. Has anyone had a second SCS surgery to adjust the lead?





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