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Posted by KIMBERLY A RIFFE
on December 05, 2000 at 17:59:35:
In Reply to: Re: Spinal Cord Stimulators posted by jTayler on July 06, 2000 at 21:06:37:
my situation is somewhat different. I had a stimulator put in for RSD pain in my upper extremities. Unfortunately, I developed a post-op infection, and had to have the device removed. This occurred over the summer and three days turned into a month in the hospital, and monthe on homecare with a central line receiving antibiotics Iv for that period. It was a complete nightmare, especially because it did help my pain but then three days later high fever, seizures etc led to the diagnosis of the infection and eventually removal of the device. They want to put it back in (of course I am treating with a different physician now) but I am terrified, I am 27 years old, and almost lost my life over this, yet it would improve my pain if done correctly. My other hard question is whether anyone knows if pregnancy would affect this device and would ultrasounds be out of the question as well. See my thoughts are I am young and may want children in the near future and if this device causes problems or could be dislodged then maybe it would be best to wait till I am older, and keep taking my meds and find other avenues. Help I need an opinion......Thanks...
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