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SCS Spinal Cord Stimulator
nautibuoy111 posted:
My pain management Dr. is demanding I get the SCS and I refused to go through with it due to the possible side effects. Prior to anyone having the SCS implanted read up on the side effects, the one that got my attention is Cancer. Being an Electrician for over 30 years I know what electrical current can due to my body. I know the SCS puts out only a small amount of electricity it can and does cause cancer. I've had 3 fusions, 1 discectomy and a spinal cord stimulator over the past 20 years and I am looking at another fusion soon. With the SCS implanted you can not go through an MRI every again (unless it's removed) and if you do anything to your spine in the future the only option you'll have is a CT scan which does not show what an MRI will show,( screw up your back more and you'll never know)! Make sure you do you're home work and read about the side effects, I'd rather live with the pain and pain meds and be able to walk for the rest of my live and or go without cancer on top of my back problems. Good luck
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ctbeth responded:
Hi from CT~

I have had a SCS for over-three years. I cannot imagine life without it.

It is a very personal decision and you seem quite content that you are making the best decision for you. Are you getting adequate pain management with your meds?

Best of luck with your next surgery. You've sure been through a lot.

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