I have had a Medtronic spinal stimulator implanted since 2005. My battery is in my abdomen. I have never had any issues with my fitness club activities which include a dry sauna, wet sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, tanning booth and exercise room equipment. My Medtronic spinal stimulators made it possible for me to work full-time from 2005 to 2009 when I was forced to retire because of progression of many of my diagnoses. By 2016 my chronic pain levels were reaching 7 to 9 every day (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most pain) for most of the day and were ruling my life.
Two weeks ago I had a Medtronic morphine pain pump implanted in my hip. Are there any restrictions of the activities I've listed above?
My diagnoses since 2002 include Ankylosing spondylitis (2012), chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease), Back Pain, Compression and/or Wedge Spinal Fractures, Degenerative Disc Disease 2002), Degenerative Lumbar (Low Back) Spondylolisthesis, Depression, Discogenic (Disc-related), Low Back Pain (herniated discs, degenerative disk disease (2002); Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Chronic pain, Headache pain (forehead, eyes, upper back, neck; tight band, pounding, throbbing, dull), Herniated Disc (2002), Lower Back Pain, Lumbar, Middle back pain, Neck pain, Neuropathic pain (burning, shooting, tingling electric; foot pain and numbness), Nociceptive pain (musculoskeletal pain, aching, deep), Lumbar Radiculopathy: Low Back pain, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Opioid induced mood disorder (2016); Peripheral Neuropathic Pain (hands, feet; numb, tingling, pins, needles, electric, burning), Radicular pain (lumbar radiculopathy radiates along a nerve due to inflammation or irritation of the nerve root and extends from the spinal cord to the buttocks and down the legs; muscular weakness leads to deconditioning), Sacroiliac Joint (SI Joint), Sciatica, Spinal Fractures, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis , Stress, Tailbone Pain, Upper back pain, Uveitis 1995, 2012.
Medications (from memory) Celebrex, moloxicam, Tylenol, Norco, methadone, MS Contin, Oxycontin, Percocet, tramadol, baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, capsaicin cream, diclofenac, lidocaine, Neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta;
Invasive medical treatments, Epidural steroid injections, facet injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulators (2005, 2009, 2015, and 2017 and 11 back surgeries since 2002, 5 since 2010.
Thank you for listening. I will be glad to answer any questions or ideas you may have.