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    I've posted this before and I'm posting it AGAIN!!! [img]biggrin.gif[/img]

    I have contacted Medtronic on 1/11/02 and their support techs were VERY INTERESTED in what I had to say. And Medtronic's tech support reinforced the fact that Interstim is not meant for pain. They are VERY displeased that there are REPS and UROS pushing this on patients and making claims that it will cure pain. So, they are investigating regarding my concerns. I would like to make clear I do not have a problem with Medtronic, they always been honest and up-front with me. I have a problem with their Reps and the Uros who spew false information.

    Please read, don't just skim it please.

    We should all know Interstim is not for pain . This issue makes me so mad. I hate that paitents are misled into thinking Interstim will cure their pain...ugh! [img]mad.gif[/img]

    HOWEVER, I found the proper links in regards to NEUROSTIMULATORS FOR PAIN they are both from the Medtronic site.

    The device is called SYNERGY® SYNERGY ARTICLE

    HOME PAGE FOR PAIN TREATMENTS

    Hopefully this will help those seeking a Nerve Stimulation Device for PAIN.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this!
    y. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

  • #2
    My rep in Michigan has always been up front with me--- sad that the others are not.

    Good luck,

    Amanda

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    • #3
      Thank you Amanda. My rep and Uros were people I could count on for correct info. It is unfortunate for those who were told otherwise. I hope I can help.

      y. [img]smile.gif[/img]
      Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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      • #4
        ~~~~*BUMP*~~~~
        Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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        • #5
          Hi Amanda, I'm curious to know who your rep was in Michigan. Have you had the Interstim implanted, and if so how are you doing? Kim

          [Edited by ICNDonna to remove negative statement regarding a specific individual]

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          • #6
            ~.~.~REPOST~.~.~.~
            Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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            • #7
              I agree, I hate it when people are duped into thinking it is for pain!!! It makes me angry!
              Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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              • #8
                Count me in on that too, I hate when drs say that its for pain.. I am so glad my dr explained it was not for pain...
                hugs
                brat
                'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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                • #9
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                  Last edited by Zipper; 06-20-2007, 07:16 AM. Reason: update

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                  • #10
                    Wow this is a really old thread that has been resurrected. eek

                    Decnie: It is possible for your pain to be relieved -- but that is only an additional perk if it does. Its not meant for pain, nor has been studied or approved for it by any stretch. Same goes for alleviated symptoms in IBS. I got a tremendous respite from IBS attacks -- but its just a nice side effect of the InterStim. I understand that that*perk* could just stop working.

                    I don't think your doctor is being deceptive -- it sounds like he's giving the best possible scenario, and he DID tell you what it specifically is meant for. He sounds to be approaching it with a positive outlook I think that's great.

                    Yes I think he being honest with you.
                    Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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                    • #11
                      I had pain relief for a short while, went into a remission. Then all of a sudden it came back. I still love my stim though LOL
                      Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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                      • #12
                        Thanks y~everyone wants to believe that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and when they find out there isn't, they just can't beleive it happened to them.

                        I am going to try to get the last name of the rep we use to have and make a complaint with medtronics because not only was he making these false promises, he was talking about other patients situations to other patients........NOT!!!!!

                        Tonight I saw on the news that Jerry Lewis does have the pain stimulator made by medtronics and he said it's given him his life back. Welp, you know how many times I've been messed with and there is NO way I am letting a dr get that close to me again but someday it should be a wonderful treatment for soooooooo many chronic pain conditions, not just IC.

                        love ya sweetie
                        teri
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                        Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow".

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                        • #13
                          no pain relief w/interstim

                          I recall asking my uro straight out if I would have any pain relief. He said to me "The Interstim is not for pain, just frequeny and urgeny Do not count on it if it dose its an added perk, but he doubted it seriously..... and believe me when I tell you its not for pain.
                          Hugs
                          Brat
                          'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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                          • #14
                            I feel very fortunate to have a urogyno that is very upfront with me too and always goes for the least invasive treatments possible. When things weren't getting better for me on meds. and rest after a month of being home bound my uro suggested a trial of about 2 weeks not for an end result of perm. implant but to get me through the worst of the flare. He informed me that it is not marketed for pain but most of his patients see some pain relief at some point with their stim. I knew after my research that it would just be an added perk but it has definitely helped me with pain. I just finished my 3rd week with the temp. trial stim and I'm completely off morphine. I was taking 30mg every 4 hours around the clock and it still didn't completely get rid of the pain. I also had complete retention but the urgency that never left even when I self-cathed and knew there was nothing left. I feel that a lot of people who have success with their interstim don't post on the boards because they are out living their lives.

                            I know that while it's sad to say I'm mostly on here when I'm in the midst of a flare and need support. I'm going to try to post more when I'm doing well this next year.

                            I'm lucky to have a urogyno that told me upfront he thinks that we can manage my seasonal flares with temp. interstim. He explained that many of the problems occur with the implant site and not just the leads as I have now. I asked if we should just put in a perm. one sometime this summer but he wants me to try just getting a temp. once a year if it works this time. I have found noone else who is doing this but it's working for me. I hope I won't need another one but if I do next year when I flare in the winter I won't hesitate.

                            We also discussed the neurostimulators for pain. While they really help a lot of people they are much more invasive than the interstim because they are attached to the spinal cord. I would try it though if I hadn't had such good results with my interstim. My dr. wants me to keep my temp. wires in until they move since I'm doing so well with it.

                            Rachel

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                            • #15
                              Thank you for your post!
                              about a year ago i went to a pain clinic I DON"T NOW AND WILL NOT GO BACK. this doctor tried his best to talk me into getting it and he told me it was for pain etc etc, but thanks to this board and the very careing people i learned it WAS NOT FOR PAIN. i don't have much urg/freg. i have some but not alot so that would had been a waste of my time plus a waste of money to have this done. i still don't know much about it but i'm very pleased i had careing people here to tell me what was right and what was wrong.
                              I Do think this is a very important fact that everyone needs to know when thinking about this.
                              Everyone keep up the good work ya'll really saved me a pain in the butt so to speak.
                              hugs and prayers sent out to you all.
                              Rhonda
                              Medicine taken daily or as needed:
                              1. Heaprin and Marcaine rescue installment 1 to 3x daily as needed.
                              2. MS.Cotin 100mg 3x daily
                              3. MSIR 30mg 1 or 2 every 4-6hrs as needed for breakthrew pain.
                              4. Fentanyl 100 mg Change every 48hrs.
                              5. Gentamicin 80mg install after each rescue treatment
                              5 Leviquin 500mg self start as needed.
                              6. Klonopin 1 or 2 daily as needed.
                              7. Prosed/DS as 1 every 6hrs as needed.





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