neurostimulator with dead battery!

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/25/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
After the post-op visit with the medtronics rep he told me not to recharge my battery until my surgery scar is completely healed, at least 4 weeks. My battery was down to 10% before the first week was over. So, here I am two weeks out from surgery with a dead stimulator and back on narcotics again. The reason for not allowing a recharge yet is because the charging process creates heat. As we all know warm moist places are a breeding ground for bacteria. I don't want an infection so I will have to make the best of it. The unit was working quite well though and made holiday travel better but travel home today was hard and painful. My wife does all the driving now so we managed with frequent stops and medication. We had a great Thanksgiving (as I hope you all did) with family so the pain was worth it. I received a packet while gone from the American Chronic Pain Association, is anyone familiar with or a member of that group? The staff at my pain clinic highly recommends them for the information and their support groups. Looks like the closest group to me is almost an hour away. What do you all think, is it worth the drive?

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   Posted 12/1/2007 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hey there!
I have a medtronics neurostimulator since march 06'... i had to have the surgery twice because my battery was flipping and therefore couldnt charge...i was my battery was dead for 4 months...and because of the pain clinic i go to orginally just started doing the surgeries shortly after mine was done...i needed mine done on an emgerency case because i have a disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dysthopy and it was nearing the beginning of the 3rd and final i am unable to work i am wheelchairbound im on many meds, aside for rsd i have myofasical syndrome, myoclonic tics/jerks, fainting spells/blackouts...and it all started with a fall down the stairs 5yrs ago with 3 degree ankles sprains to both my left and right ankles and now the the disease is full what state do u live i live in ct...if u want to chat about neurostims...let me know...hope u have a pain free day shauna
Diagnosed with RSD 11/02 (full body as of august 06)
in both left and right ankles (due to major slip and fall in 11~02)
-2 ankle surgeries multiple tendon and ligament repairs,excision of talus bone
neurostimulator implant 5~06
myolconic seizures 1~07
fainting spells ~since i was about 15 yrs old
myofascial syndrome ~8~07
I'm on nine meds mostly pain meds and muscle relaxers stool softner and a multi vitiamn
Just got one Title 19 in July
Was denied SSDI in the middle of appealing

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/2/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Bless your Heart Shauna, I had no idea about the terms on your post and had to look them up. Did all of those result from the fall? I just said a little prayer for you. My stim implant is to help with low back and leg pain due to a horribly failed back surgery which left me with nerve damage and a sizable blood clot. I passed three clots through my heart and into my lung. By the grace of God I am still a part of this world. I was on a walker for several months progressed to crutches and am now using a quad cane. I've also been fitted with a couple different braces to help me walk without my leg buckling and falling down. My left calf is numb on the outside and hypersensitive on the inside. My big toe and the inside of that foot is also numb. That ankle is purple looking all the time and the tiny veins are visible. Swelling is also a constant battle so I take a high dose of lasix for that. Along with that I am also on a long list of meds similar to yours. My stim unit is still dead but should be allowed to charge it within the week. Mine is the three lead model and one of the leads slipped down during the trial and had to be repositioned. If it happens again I will go to a doc in Omaha, Neb to have a surgical paddle lead installed. To what degree does your unit help with the pain? Gotta go, time for church! Have a great and Blessed day! Lets talk again. I live in Alabama.
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