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Spinal cord stimulator

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4 months 3 weeks ago #28488 by Duchess Dolly
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Hi everyone...

i wonder if any of you can help me.....i have a spinal cord stimulator in my backs lower nerve for chronic nerve pain.
I have just been told i need to have a bone density scan.....
My question is has anyone had one of these with a stimulator in .......i know to turn it of.....but will the scan damage my stim or the battery.....i have asked the people who make them and they dont know so i thought someone here might have had it done ......i have had the scan done many years ago but that was way before i had the stim put in.want more
I dont want more damm surgery to fix it or me.

Thanks Dolly

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4 months 5 days ago #28541 by Johnno
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Hey Dolly,

I would contact the x-ray people they most probably would be able to tell you, sorry for being a bit behind I’ve had training for the Commonwealth Games as a volunteer

Johnno
Ps. You live in the Brissie area would you like to come to our next coffee meet

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4 months 4 days ago #28576 by pamcarr
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hi Dolly,
I am scheduled to get a SCS in a few weeks, I don't know the answer to your question, although I do know that MRI's cant be done with many of the stimulators, unless it is a relatively new model, I was thinking - you could either ring the company rep, or the specialist that done the surgery as they should know the do's and don't;s

can I ask - how does the implant work for you, does it give you much relief? was it worth having the surgery?

thanks Pam

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4 months 3 days ago #28591 by Duchess Dolly
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Yes i did contact them i spoke to the head office in America.....they were not very helpful. but have found out since i cannot have MRI but the bone density scan should be fine. I would love to come for coffee some time....but i live out near Esk and a bit far but next time i plan to visit family in Brissie i will let you know and perhaps you can organize something.. (after the games ) good on you !!

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4 months 3 days ago #28592 by Duchess Dolly
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Hi Pam
I cannot have an MRI but the scan will be fine i have been told.....
The implant well.....i dont know love i had the dam thing put in so many times......Because my pain is nerve pain sometimes the stim makes it worse and i have to turn it off as all the little nerves in my back seem to have a dance party....but not all the time it all depends on what i do so my life is very quiet.....luckly i have many friends to take me out as i am a social person who know lots of people and they know me.That can make things harder as i cannot walk far.
I would still have the surgery if i had my time again.....anything is worth a chance at less pain.
I wish you luck ....please let me know how you go.

cheers Dolly

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4 months 3 days ago #28596 by pamcarr
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hi Dolly,
I am being fitted with a model that is compatible with some MRI machines, so I will need to ask if I need one in future, yeah seems that the pain specialist and rep are saying - your pain will reduce by approx. 50%, and you will get your life back, but you are 3rd person ive spoken with who says they still have pain, and life is not what it was, better but not a back to work and full life, the 3 of you all say they would do again so, I am definitely just going to go for it, you are so right, anything is worth a chance to lessen the pain
thanks for your input and I will definitely let everyone know how it goes

pam

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