Mona, Henry, and anyone else who has asked me the question, "what were your symptoms?". If you click on my name you should see my other posts as Joy has stated. Listen to Joy, she has been through so much.
As for myself, I had failed back surgery. I had rupture 2 lumbar discs. For 5 months I went to 6 doctors, and not until I threatened the last one did I get the needed MRI I, which showed the rupture. So for 5 months the nerves were being damaged. I had the fusion to 2 lumbar discs, yet the pain remained debilitating. The nerves were permanently damaged.
.................I was on Xanax for severe muscle spasms, the only med that worked, plus Dilaudid for pain. I was desperate to get off the meds. My NS suggested the SCS.
..........I. Did NO research. The trial was great, NO PAIN, yet the stimulation made me severely nauseous. With anti-nausea meds, I was great. So I went for the implant. Warning the anesthesiologist and the doctor about the significantly high stim done in the OR and RR, I did not wan to go home sick.....................no one listened, I went home and vomited for 12 hrs............not knowing at the time, this violent vomiting dislodged the wires........I knew something was wrong immediately. It took me weeks of complaining and seeing the anesthesiologist that did the implant......constantly calling the SCS rep from St, Judes, finally the rep recommended the in office X-ray check..............this showed the wired out of place. So for weeks my chest wall muscles were being electrocuted.......................I went on using one side that appeared fine, but it never worked right, I started having trouble walking, and had it removed.................
Since then I have had severe, constant muscle spasms surrounding the whole chest and the original pain was worse...............I continue on the same meds and am very depressed as I can not enjoy my life, everyday is a struggle. It is very difficult to live with someone in constant pain. ...........I needed to work and found a job that did not require a drug test, and I have been working the night shift, which is a killer and makes me feel even worse, but it is a job and I can take my meds and feel okay...................I have other issues, that had begun at the same time, such as fibromyalgia, intolerance to temperature changes, blah, blah, blah.....
For some the stimulator does work, for some it is a disaster.............
Good Luck to you all..............................DawnView Thread
Hi Vicki S.......sorry to reply so late, but I am not on the web site anymore, and as you know sometimes it is so hard to get through the day. Reporting a problem with the SCS is easy, and everyone with issues with it should. Just google FDA MedWatch. The first site that pops up will get you there, the address is .......fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch.........
On the left side is a page is a section that is titled resources for you......The first title in that section is, "Report a Serious Medical Problem Online", click on it. That will bring you to the Reporting Form page. On the right side there is an area that states "Begin Report As a; You click on Consumer/Patient, then you start answering the questions.
One other way is to search the MedWatch site for form 3500...... This is the form you will be filling out. It is very easy to do....This way may be easier for you to find it......
Hang in there Vicki.........Dawn
The more people that report the "Adverse Events" is the only way to get the FDA involved in the horrific, life altering damage that the SCS can cause.......View Thread
Dear Joy.........think real hard about having another stim placed. The first one showed you how damaging they can be. Yes a flat panel is different, but only in the fact that the wires are sutured into place. My wires migrated the day I came home. Yours did not migrate, yet you still had sever side effects. That should tell you something right there.
Mine was in place for 45 days before I had it removed. It has been a year now and I am still suffering from the damage to my chest wall.
Remember you are going to be electrocuting your spinal column.!!!!!!!
JOY AND DAVE.
I did have a double lumbar fusion after a rupture. I hobbled around for 5 months with the rupture because every doc I saw said it was referred pain and so there was nothing wrong. (Originally, I developed bulging discs from heavy lifting at work.)
Finally after 5 docs I told my medical md that he if didn't order an MRI, that I would see him in the ER, while he had office hours. Okay then, I got the MRI. Lo and behold, a massive rupture.
Now I have permanent damage. The rupture was immediately after a nerve block when the steroid injection didn't work.
Why should one try to convince md's that something is wrong. One thing I did learn is........NEVER tell the doc you are seeing, that you saw another doc and what that one said. Because every one said "I agree with the other doc".
I needed to work but was on too many meds. The only option was the SCS. I am so sorry I didn't do the research and go to back pain web sites.
My rehab doc gave me an okay to be working with the pain meds, so now I can do a bit of part time work.
If you can live with the meds working, do NOT go for the stimulator. One person on Health Central said her husband had it and he was immediately paralyzed and has breathing difficulties. Of course the doc say it wasn't the stimulator. And there is no way to prove this.
Others have severe inflammatory issues now.
Good Luck.........DawnView Thread
d_grigg..........I would never recommend a spinal cord stimulator to anyone. I was far better off without it. Health Central and other pain sites have boards that are filled with people like myself that have had disaster our outcomes. I am 80% worse. I have constant muscle spasms that meds don't help, intolerance to temperature changes, my back pain is twice as bad, I developed fibromyalgia. Life really sucks.
The trial worked well, the permanent implant has ruined my life. There are some that are far worse than I am.
Do research and go to the other sites. We have all been told no one has any problems. And we are pushed aside.
I wish you luck...........DawnView Thread
There are now two law firms I have found that are looking for patients suffering from SCS side effects.
We must have done a good job filling AdverseEvents with the FDA. I googled SCS law suits today and up popped two firms. The first is Meyerson Law Firm, this one I gave my information to. The other was a Texas Firm.
Finally something may get done all the suffering we have been through and will continue to go through.
Lets do this people............DawnView Thread
Dear Stinkenpn, my last reply was to you. At the end I accidentally placed Kenny's name. He has the same issues. But I did reply with your name at the beginning. My reply prior to your last post was meant for you and Kenny..........
Let us know what happens on Monday............Dawn GView Thread
Hi Stinkenpn.........yes the SCS is a last option. When there is no other surgical procedure to help with the pain, and you are on meds yet still suffering, the SCS is the only other chance for improved pain control.
It have worked well for many people, and has been disastrous also, as you and I and many other sufferes have found out the hard way. But no one can tell in advance what will happen. ......
There needs to be more research done, but if no one reports the problems, nothing will be done and we are shoved aside, and the docs just want to get us out of there office and not deal with it.
The way to check for lead placement is with a fluoroscopy picture. The doc should be able to do it in his office. It's just like an X-ray. Also an X-ray is an option, but not as good a picture, less detail is seen.
There was a recall last summer on the St.Judes battery. It was burning people. The company made a recall and your doctor and the company would have notified you. Only one certain model was affected. Mine was a St. Judes battery, not a recalled one.
If you were notified by your company, that you have a defective battery, wire, lead, anything, then it should have been addressed by the tech and your doctor immediately. Is that what was stated in the letter you received????
The stim can be working just fine, but what is being stimulated with electricity??????????? Something that shouldn't be !!!!!!??????
Listen to your body...........
My battery was in my butt and I just could never sit without severe pain......the tech said that if I had a fatter butt it wouldn't hurt so much....
Oh give me a brake here will you?????? So if my butt was too skinny then they should have put it in the abdomen......getting screwed again..
I requested that when it was removed that the tech take the wires and battery and check it for defects. I was very specific about this. But only the wires were given to the tech. The hospital would not release the battery. I suppose I could make a legal case here with that.
I was told that the hospital NEVER will release anything they take out of the body. The only report I got stated that during removal there was blood around the ends of the leads. And there wasn't a problem found with the wires themselves. No one can say what happened to the battery.
Due to the stress on my body I developed Beau's Lines on my finger nails. It is a condition where your nails stop growing due to severe trauma, stress, chemotherapy, etc. on the body. It takes weeks or months to notice. They are horizontal lines. Once the trauma has stopped and your nails start growing again, that is when you notice the lines, very hard horizontal lines that show up at the cuticle and remain until the nail fully grows out.
The doctor was shocked when I showed him. He practically shoved me out of his office. He kept saying he did nothing wrong.
What a nightmare it has been.................
If you think something is wrong Kenny, don't wait............Dawn GView Thread
My doctor refused to believe my leads had moved also. When I had the upper back and chest stabbing pains, it was around the bra line area. My tech was good and he insisted on checking. Sure enough one lead had moved significantly.
Either types of docs can do the implants. It is a personal preference. I asked mine doc how many he did, and he said hundreds a year. Who knows if he was telling the truth or not.
I do know that you should only need adjustments of the programs, no other issues should be happening if the battery is fine and the leads are in good placement.
So what does that tell you? The SCS was supposed to make you better, not worse............good Luck Stinkenpn.......keep us updated.
Dawn GView Thread
Hi Kenny.........I also had the shooting pains around to the stomach, .....plus electrical sensations going across my skin, from mid back, don the legs. It felt like bugs crawling on my skin........
Having leg weakness is something you really need to pay attention to. If it starts getting worse you need it removed pronto, or they need to see exactly where the leads go. If the leads have not moved at all, get it out if you have progressive leg weakness. You don't want that to become permanent.................
With the stim off, you should NOT feel it at all. This is not good, should not be happening. The SCS may not be actually turning off completely. Which could mean a problem with the implant itself and not the leads..........
You are taking more pain medication.........You know if something is not right..........go with your gut instincts...
I am sorry to must travel, because it is time consuming, painful and you need to have all your ducks in a row when you are there. Such as the tech and have the doctor prepare to check lead placement.
If all was well and the unit and leads functioning properly, you should not be having any problems at all...............be aggressive, don't wait.
Keep us updated. There are others on the site reading your posts.
Dawn GView Thread