scs units & er

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   Posted 8/10/2011 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I have a question. Thursday night and then again friday night I went to the er, migraines both times. From the time I went through the doors until the time I left Kenny and I told anybody that came near me that I had a scs unit, the battery is on the left, and it was just put in, in MAY. It didn't make us feel very good at all when Kenny said that,and the nurse said "what's that?" It made us feel worse when Kenny said she can't have an mri and the nurse said "ok" Obviously I came home sore because they rolled me back and forth on my battery. My question is this, I live in a small town, we have a small hospital, yet we are only about 20 minutes away from a major surgery hospital in one direction and 45 to 50 minutes away from a shock trauma hospital in the other direction so it's not like we're living in the sticks with band aides. Has anyone else ever not known what your scs unit is?

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   Posted 8/10/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the occasion to go to court, (for child support for my grandchildren) as you know they have metal detectors at each door, I was given a id card from the company that I bought the unit from, it have the identification numbers of the unit, of course your name, the name of the company, phone numbers to verify.  I never had to go thru any metal detectors, I have shown the card to  the policepeople at these stations, and more of them knew about these units than didnt.
I believe they have become very popular, like the fix of the month, year whatever, so many people know about them.  When something else expensive comes along to replace this, same thing will probably happen.
I am sorry I dont sound upbeat about these units, but I have had nothing but trouble.  It is not good that an er would say whats that.  Then its time to go to another er. definetly
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 8/10/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It really does not shock me at all that you have run into nurses that do not know what one is. In the grand scope of things it is still pretty new, and while they are being used more often they really are quite rare.

IMHO a good answer when someone in the medical field asks what it is I would tell them it is basically a small TENS unit that has been implanted under the skin.

TENS units have been around for decades so most all doctors and nurses know what they are and have a decent idea of what they do.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 8/11/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Please explain to me why when I went to King's Dom. at the entrance when I told a security guard that I had a scs unit they knew exactly what I meant but a health care professional working in the er was clueless.
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