Spinal Cord Stimulator

My Experience with Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulation

After moving to Kansas City in 2005, my pain was still very high but calmed by medications from Vicodin / Opioids  along with Muscle Relaxers, CymbaltaKetamineMethadoneBaclofenFlexeril and more to reduce the pains but medications could not slow things risking myself not able to work a full time job.

After seeing many doctors from my injury back in 1997 from a skiing injury while on the job as a ski instructor trying to get multiple opinions on why my pain would not go away, When I got to Kansas City, I ended up meeting a doctor at KU Medical Center who finally had an answer for me that made sense and informed me that I had either Fibromyalgia or CRPS but more test would be needed to confirm.

Fast forward to 2008-2009 when my doctor suggested a Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulator, and recommended that I go through a trial to see if it would help reduce my chronic pain.

That is where things really took a hard turn for the worst, the doctor suggested that if this trial worked it would help me reduce my medications and could bring me back to normal.

A Spinal Cord Stimulator or Dorsal Column Stimulator is a type of implantable neuromodulation device that is used to send electrical signals to select areas of the spinal cord for the treatment of certain pain conditions. Wikipedia

Living through the pain of making the wrong choice for myself, but at the time that was all I could think about “Getting Out of Pain” and having my live back and to be able to play with my kids, and enjoy activities after the sun goes down. Unfortunately I should have known better than to put a computer based system implanted in my body when I knew technology doesn’t last very long. (How often do we replace our personal computers or phones?)

I wish I could take it back but I had one lead fused to my spine that I will never be able to remove without risk of becoming paralyzed. That also mean’s no MRI’s at risk of it being ripped out of my body = FUN

If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would not have installed the spinal stimulator.

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This Video Explains More about Spinal Cord Stimulation

It talks about the benefits that a spinal cord stimulator can provide, and it has been successful for many people world wide as well the technology is getting better but do your homework and learn more before you make that choice.

I had done a lot of research on the device but at the same time I was also hoping for something to give me my live back.

Battery Live of a Spinal Cord Stimulator

I have gone through multiple surgeries to try and get this little device to work over the years, my last install was in 2011 and my batter is completely dead and its time to replace the battery so I have to make a choice of going under again to get a new one when the device was not working for me and instead causing my nerve pain to increase when on or the sensation felt like something was going to explode out of my back. 

Currently, my CRPS is in Remission and don’t wish to wake it up with another surgery. After awhile, the battery started discharging faster and faster each day until I had to get a jump start again (Yes, it’s like Jump Starting a Car) they hook up their charging station and get you going again, but even through I had one of the advanced NEW Upgraded Battery, it could only be rebooted 3 times before it would need to be replaced.