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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
i had my implant on july 23. i finally was able to charge my battery after my area where the battery was implanted) the swelling went down and i was so happy.

my problem now is that i cannot get signal anywhere in my house. i will walk around forever, change positions, go to other room etc. i even tried it at my sisters house and still no signal. eventually, after some time, i do get signal, but gosh it wears me out just trying to get a signal so i can use it. just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.



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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure I understand the issue. What kind of SCS do you have implanted?

Normally they are charged transdermally. The transdermal chargers should be able to be used anywhere. I have heard some reports saying that if you live under or within less than a block of high tension wires sometimes that can affect the remote. So maybe if you live by the wires that could be the cause (high tension wires are those huge thick wires supported by the giant pyramid towers in suburban & rural areas -- the regular phone or electric wires are totally fine).

In any case, I would suggest calling your rep tomorrow (from Boston Scientific or Medtronic). They should be able to help troubleshoot the issue for you. Sometimes the chargers take longer in the cradle to recharge (I've had times where I've had to charge mine 4 times in a row before I could use it to charge my internal unit). Maybe put it back in the cradle overnight & try again tomorrow. Otherwise call your rep. They should be able to replace the charger or the remote if one or the other is causing the issues.

good luck!

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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rena,

I'm not sure I understand the problem either. My unit is a Medtronics & I use a special sticky pad to keep the charger in place over my battery. Before my rep gave me the sticky pads & before he showed me how to place it so it got the best signal, I did have problems with the charger not connecting to the battery on occassions. I'd have to agree with Frances, the best thing to do is to call & speak with your rep in the morning. It might just be a simple issue with the placement of the wand, or something else that can be easily fixed over the phone.


ps - I'm so glad to hear that your swelling is down!
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