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Old 05-31-2013, 12:17 PM #11
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to all who have spinal cord simulator
and just my observation pain pump
all implants

scs except for the mini EON and Boston
and then Medtronic

as Mark very nicely describes
the pouch that is made to hold
this device in all i have seen
is still way to big to hold
no wonder the body wants to
reject it
if i may
as far as i remember
the infection is the first sign
actually redness and fever
it wants out
technology needs to look at that
in conjunction with the alloy material
that is going in this pouch
i'm going to take it a step further
unconventional but why not have
any device be concealed in a implant like
augmentation of breast for it to float
in this pre-stretched area on the body

seems to me it is a dual problem
SIZE MOST IMPORTANTLY
HECK
WHY NOT A CHIP
FOR THAT MATTER

i think you all get the picture

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Well my appointment was great, indeed it is my battery that needs attention. Whilst there the doc checked my leads, all good, after 5 years of use not bad.
Awaiting Medtronic rep to schedule meeting then follow up surgery to replace battery.
My doc was amazed that I have never turned the stim off, even sleeping with it on. I do not get the run over effect with it, so when its off, like the couple of times its discharged, pain is within a couple of hours. So I leave it on constantly, charge once a week.
Very, very pleased I chose to have the trial and eventually the final implant. 6years without medication is an awesome result.
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Well my appointment was great, indeed it is my battery that needs attention. Whilst there the doc checked my leads, all good, after 5 years of use not bad.
Awaiting Medtronic rep to schedule meeting then follow up surgery to replace battery.
My doc was amazed that I have never turned the stim off, even sleeping with it on. I do not get the run over effect with it, so when its off, like the couple of times its discharged, pain is within a couple of hours. So I leave it on constantly, charge once a week.
Very, very pleased I chose to have the trial and eventually the final implant. 6years without medication is an awesome result.
Awesome, awesome, awesome!!
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

Thanks everyone!

Thanks Mark56, my ongoing experience with my spinal cord stimulator is testimony in itself that these indeed help chronic pain.

After being told I'd be in a wheelchair within a year, there is always other avenues to explore.

Never give up, always look up, move forward.

Have a blessed day everyone!
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Well I am about to receive my new battery, this one has an accelerometer in it which will limit the shocking experience whilst changing positions.
Surgery is set for July 11th, 2013.
The Medtronic rep was amazing, re-programmed my existing battery to cover more areas which have developed over time.
Hoping the new battery lasts as long as this one did.
Very happy customer/client.

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Hi PerthMum,
I had the same unit implanted 5mths ago and am still having issues.I have intermittent burning pain which seems to be related to 'pocket pain' at the battery insertion site.Have tried various things including compounded analgesic creams of varying strengths (Capsaicin,lignocaine and Clonidine) which eased the burning sensation but only whilst I continued to use it ,stimulator reprogramming,increased dosage of gabapentin (only recently increased so can't report on it's effective as yet) and am soon to undergo bilateral blocks in my lower back.I have also been experiencing extreme sensitivity /pain from the actual scar at the battery insertion site so on the same day that the blocks are performed I will be having platelet rich plasma therapy .Fingers crossed that something will help
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I am now 3 weeks out of surgery and I also have more pain at the battery site than I was expecting. I seem to tear the site if I bend too far forward, get in and out of the car wrong. It has been very uncomfortable to say the least.
I am hoping it calms down as I know from experience the inside takes much longer to heal than the outer incision.
It felt like the muscle had been cut, it has not been pleasant.
I hope this helps in your symptoms as they sound very similar.

Happy healing,
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Thanks for this update German Shepherd Man!
Tho I'm sorry to hear of this pain at your battery site. Sometimes this area needs a bit longer to heal, especially if it has been aggravated somehow (bumped, pushed, pulled, etc). There's probably some swelling going on, which would add to the discomfort, and if, like you mentioned, the actual muscle had been cut, then yes - more healing time needed.

In the past, I know we've talked about wearing some type of 'cushion' over the battery pocket site. Hopefully someone will remind me what 'type' of cushion worked best. I know that there is a triple-layered cushion pad made by Johnson & Johnson. At least this would help protect the area when getting in and out of car, or bumping up against something.

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Hi PerthMum,
I had the same unit implanted 5mths ago and am still having issues.I have intermittent burning pain which seems to be related to 'pocket pain' at the battery insertion site.Have tried various things including compounded analgesic creams of varying strengths (Capsaicin,lignocaine and Clonidine) which eased the burning sensation but only whilst I continued to use it ,stimulator reprogramming,increased dosage of gabapentin (only recently increased so can't report on it's effective as yet) and am soon to undergo bilateral blocks in my lower back.I have also been experiencing extreme sensitivity /pain from the actual scar at the battery insertion site so on the same day that the blocks are performed I will be having platelet rich plasma therapy .Fingers crossed that something will help
It's great to have you!
I'm sorry you too are having discomfort at the battery site.
Please let us know how the blocks go.
The platelet therapy - is that where they extract some blood, separate the rich plasma and then re-inject it in and around the incision? I recall my Dr doing this during my implant, if it's the same thing you are talking about. I asked him why he does that and he said it aids in the healing process.

Here's hoping that you will come back with good report and feeling much better!

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