They do make "MRI safe" pulse generators and leads now (they weren't around when I got my stim), though you might have to ask specifically for that technology. I don't know a whole lot about
the MRI safe stimulators, other than that "MRI safe" doesn't mean 100% safe. There are still restrictions, BUT they might be safe enough to allow you to at least work in the vacinity of the MR with no restrictions, other than having your stimulator set on the appropriate settings for MRI. It is definitely something to talk to your rep about
. And if your rep is not knowledgeable enough about
that, then ask for the phone number for the technical support folks for whatever brand stimulator you are getting. My rep was no help when it came to my specific MR restrictions, other than knowing that I couldn't have MRI's myself. But as a veterinary student, I work around MRI machines all the time, so I wanted to know EXACTLY what I could and could not do/be exposed to with my stimulator. Once I called and explained my situation, the tech folks at Medtronics were extremely helpful -- they are the ones who told me about
not being allowed to be within 10T of the MR, even with my device off, and that the MR was not safe to be around even when "off"/not scanning, etc.
And happy to help!
It is a big decision for sure!
Oh, and you also might want to talk to your doctor about
the difference between a SCS and a dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator and whether or not one is more preferable than the other for your specific case. It is my understanding that they are essentially the same device and mostly just differ in where the leads are located/the nerves that are targeted. The DRG technique is fairly new, however, I have read that it often works better for pain in the lower leg (particularly the foot/ankle) than the traditional SCS, especially when the pain is only located distally (as it sounds like yours is), as you can better target and limit the stimulation to that part of the limb, rather than having to involve the entire leg.
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