Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Spinal Stimulator
    avatar
    chermoli10 posted:
    Has anyone here had a spinal stimulator implanted in their back for back and or leg pain? My doctor wants me to have this done but I am very concerned about the fibro part of my body that hates anything messed with. I am concerned that I will have muscle spasms or knots where the stimulator is or that it will cause more pain around it. Also, I'm concerned about the battery and having to turn it off when I'm driving. I don't travel because the fibro is so bad, but I wonder how you pass through security with one implanted. I've met with a rep from the company that makes them, but he didn't have any info on how fibro people tolerate them. Any information anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    bette_kaffitz responded:
    Chermoli,

    I had one implanted in 2011 and removed this summer. If my pain doctor had implanted it, it would still be in. The orthopedic surgeon decided to stick it where he wanted it. It never helped with the constant pain at my waist. The trial one my pain doc had in for 5 days was great.

    Security should be no problem. You will have a card to identify you as a stimulator patient and will be treated just like those with pacemakers.

    I don't know about you, but if I were pain-free before I got into the car, pain-free when I took rest stops/meals, and pain-free as soon as I reached my destination, I MIGHT take a while to feel pain by driving.

    YOU decide on which stimulation pattern you want. YOU can adjust how intense it is. Your device will be set so that you cannot turn it up enough to reach the point where YOU hurt. The battery pack is recharged as you need it (at least once a week) with a unit you precharge at an electric outlet for a few hours and then wear around the house on a velcro belt thing so the charger paddle is right over your implanted battery.

    Hope this helps.

    Bette
     
    avatar
    chermoli10 replied to bette_kaffitz's response:
    Thanks for the information. I am sad for you that it didn't work as the temp did. -Liz


    Helpful Tips

    Vitamin D level checked ***
    I encourage everyone who is having pain problems to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level......a simple blood test...and so very ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    233 of 263 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.