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SCS pain at battery site?
kimk592 posted:
I have a scs had it for about 5 years, I don't use it due to my leads have pulled out therefore, I don't even keep the battery charged (already had multiple lead revisions) anyways at my battery site, I am starting to have pain, it almost feels like the muscles around it are cramping or being pulled... Has anyone experienced this before? I don't have a PM doctor anymore (mine was killed in a plane crash) So not sure what to do.
ctbeth responded:
Hi Kim,

If you no longer use the SCS, the battery should be removed.

I have an SCS and am quite happy with it. I have no sensation where the battery is implanted, so it does not bother me.

Since your leads/ paddle is not implanted, the battery is not doing you any good.

I would think that removal would be a minor procedure as it is quite close to the surface.

Best of luck.

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