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  • Ruth N
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    Medtronics gives you a card to keep in your wallet and wallets are usually checked for emergency info in the ER. I recently got a medicalert necklace after my rheumatologist said I should have one because I am on steroids. That is what prompted me to get one but I also put down that I have the implant and can't have MRI's. To add the diathermy caution you just need to call medicalert. The tag doesn't need to change. The hospital calls medicalert and gets all your info from them. But thanks for reminding me to have them add no diathermy to my record.

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  • dedeash
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    Funny you should mention this Teri
    Just last week my Interstim friend in NC decided to order herself one. I have the website for anyone who wants it.
    I think Medtronic should give us all one for our devices.
    Dede
    dont know how to put it on here but this is it www.meical-id.com

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  • yvette
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    Thanks Amanda, I actaully have the letter from Medtronic (it's the same as the website info). That's what I faxed to all my doctor's...they still have no clue. Again, thanks anyways.

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  • Amanda
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    Yvette,

    Go to www.interstim.com and there is a section called 'important safety information' and you will find the information you are looking for.

    Amanda
    ([email protected])

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  • DanaG
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    When I got this implant, one of the first things I asked my doctor is if I needed a medical bracelet and he said no. I thought considering I shouldn't have an MRI and now with the diathermy, I thought about it more and more each day. Scary that my own doctor didn't think I needed one. Why in the world wouldn't it be mandatory?

    Dana

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  • ICNDonna
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    One thing --- anyone who would be initiating a diathermy treatment knows exactly what it is.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  • yvette
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    I too have thought of getting a Medic_alert bracelet re: the diathermy.

    BUT....I faxed over the letter from Medtronic regarding the Contraindiction to all of my doctors to keep with my medical records.....NO ONE KNOWS what diathermy is.

    This frightens me. Even with the bracelet stating "No Diathermy", If I ever am unable to speak for myself, then what?

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  • DebbieB
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    Teri:
    As you typed this message........
    I have a med alert bracelet on order !!
    I was told my doctor along time ago to get a bracelet but never seem to get it, now I am glad I waited to include the diathermy therapy on it now.....

    I have the InterStim Implant listed on it and about the diathermy therapy and also what I am allergic to IVP and Aspirin ..
    Also I have asthma..........

    I guess I am ahead of you on this !!!!! :eek:

    It sure is a good idea..
    They have a web site at www.medicalert.cathis is the one in Canada, but it will give you a good idea of what kind of bracelet you would like to have or necklet...

    Hugs: Debbie

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  • ICNDonna
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    Anyone who has any type of device implanted in their bodies should wear a MedicAlert identification. The same is true if you are allergic to any medications.

    My husband and I both have bracelets --- he because he has an implanted heart valve, I because of my medication allergies.

    Basically, all you need to do is contact the Medic Alert folks and ask for application information.

    Warm hugs,
    Donna

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  • Teri
    started a topic Necessary cautions for Interstim Patients

    Necessary cautions for Interstim Patients

    What do you think of med alert bracelets stating that we have an interstim device and in case of an accident have the medtronics 800 # on it....I will be calling medtronic this week to see if we can get any help from them. I am quite sure that the longer the device is around for, there will be more testing that they will find that we shouldn't take part in and I think that if there is an 800# on the bracelet it could make all of us feel a little bit less concerned about what should and shouldn't be done while we have this device....do I have anyone behind me???
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