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Pain after Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

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Old 09-28-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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Pain after Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

I had a scs implanted in July 2010. After 2 hospitalizations in August for complications I am on the mend with the exception of one thing. I have pain where the leads are connected to the extensions in my lower back. My PM doc has given me Lidoderm patches (which I've been using for about 3 weeks) are not helping. The swelling has gone down but the pain is greatest when my lower back is resting against anything i.e. chair, seat in car etc. Has anyone else had this problem and what was the resolution or cause?

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Old 09-29-2010, 04:13 AM   #2
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Re: Pain after Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

SCS implant

Sorry to hear all your going through. I had a problem trying to post and had to attach to someone else's post (Sorry)

I'm having SCS permantely implanted on Monday Oct 4th and just had a few questions. The surgeon told me I could go back to work w/in a few days, but everything I have read is 6-8wks recovery, but again he stated I just put them in and take out the staples, you need to speak w/your PM as far as recovery time.
Could anyone w/SCS please let me know the real recovery time,is it 6/8wks?? I kind think it might be more than a few days to go back to work. This is major in my eyes or at least for me it is. Please, Please any info would be GREAT!!! Thanks and wish me luck......

Old 09-29-2010, 08:44 AM   #3
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Re: Pain after Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

First of all I do wish you much luck and success. The recovery time from this type of surgery I'm sure varies from patient to patient. Personally, I've been on disability for 3 months and will be returning to work on Oct. 18th. My Pain Management doctor was also my surgeon. Your body needs time to heal and it's very important you follow their instructions regarding no lifting, bending, twisting etc. even with the permanant implant. So, I guess what I'm saying is for me the recovery time was yes, between 6-8 weeks. Again, I wish you well. I've been living with RSD in my foot, ankle and lower calf for 2 years so this was/is a big deal to me too! Take care of yourself (or actually let someone take care of you) and let me know how it goes!

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