What is Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Category: Surgeries

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Generic name: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS), also known as a dorsal column stimulator, is a device surgically placed under your skin to send a mild electric current to your spinal cord.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 21 19
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 9 6
Complex regional pain syndrome type II 7 9
Failed back syndrome 3 3
Back pain 2 0
Fibromyalgia 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 10
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Spinal Cord Stimulator

Side effect Patients
Pain in lower back 3
Muscle spasms 2
Confusion 1
Difficulty speaking (dysarthria) 1
Headaches 1
Irritability 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Spinal Cord Stimulator

Dosage Patients
daily 3
one time 3

Why patients stopped taking Spinal Cord Stimulator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 25 patients who've stopped having Spinal Cord Stimulator

Duration

Currently having Spinal Cord Stimulator

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped having Spinal Cord Stimulator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 25
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2 patient evaluations for Spinal Cord Stimulator

May 5, 2016 (Started Feb 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle spasms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: SCS has given me my freedom back.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 4, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: The spinal cord stimulator did not alleviate my arachnoiditis pain very much. I received about 10 percent reduction in overall pain. For some people, it is a God-send....I just wish it would have been for me.

  • 0 helpful marks
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