Posted 7/29/2013 8:37 PM (GMT -6)
Has anyone had success with your stim? Has anyone had success in resolving issues past the basic technician level?
I had a Medtronic Stim placed last year after a semi-successful trial. I have not had any sort of success at pain management with it, period.
First, I've had 3 laminectomies(sp?) and a fusion at L-3-4-5. I suffer from pain in the lower back and into my legs, at times debilitating. Stenosis is the diagnosis but it can't be identified in any testing.
After the primary installation we were never able to get coverage in the areas needed. So we did x-rays and it was determined the lead had moved and we did a revision. Placed the lead back exactly where it had been previously and again there was NO coverage in the areas needed and we were dealing with the signal in my ribs.
So, a new doctor and another revision. And again the coverage would not go into all areas needed and we were dealing with a lot of signal in my abdomen and ribs. We have done many reprogrammings to no avail. In the PM's office we can get some coverage but after a few hours or days after, the energy moves up into my ribs or abdomen. I went through several Medtronic field techs including a senior tech, all to no avail.
I asked for more advanced help from Medtronic and as of yet all I have received is advice that my problem was probably due to lead migration, so we did multiple x-rays and the lead is exactly where it's supposed to be!
At this point I am receiving no help from Medtronic, they are not responding to me, or my PM doctor. I would love to hear any advice or thoughts in how to proceed? Has anyone else had help in resolving issues with Medtronic?