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  • An Interesting InterStim Question

    Okay, I want to first state that my hubby and I are both ex-cops, and that is why this question came to our minds recently.

    We were wondering....what would happen to a person with InterStim that got tased? Not that I intend on ever doing anything to warrant being tased, but it was quite an interesting thought considering the amount of juice those things send through you. I am definitely going to ask my medtronics rep on Friday or have hubby ask him if I'm too doped up to remember.

    Any thoughts?

    ~Claudia

    "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
    ~ The Wizard of Oz

    "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
    back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy



  • #2
    Hi Claudia :

    That is a good question and I am not sure on the answer as I have not had this done to me and don't think I would want it done either

    I am sure it would really screw up your setting on the InterStim for sure ..

    Debbie
    Thinking positive has got me through to another day!!

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    • #3
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      when you feel up to it please let us know the response, I also have the interstim. As you I do not plan on doing anything that would warrent being tasered. HA But I do have a lot of concerns about airports, federal buildings, etc.

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      • #4
        well... lmao... I would think it would do somme sort of damage.. an elecrtical shock thru you with having a stim in that is attached near a nerve... yikes.. we all will wait on the answer.
        'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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        • #5
          Like I said, I, and I am sure all of you, plan not to do anything that would warrant being tased in the future! But, we also know that police aren't the only ones that carry tasers...they are at times a criminal's best friend, as they can tase someone into submission and then grab the person and do whatever. A normal tase is incredibly uncomfortable, but the effects don't last very long...in general, long enough for the police to get someone subdued and handcuffed. But, if there is a major interference from the stim...I don't know what would happen.

          I will definitely post the answer to you all as soon as I receive it. I am also going to ask him some other "security" related questions, so I will provide that information as well.

          ~Claudia

          "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
          ~ The Wizard of Oz

          "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
          back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy


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          • #6
            Sounds like a good ? for Medtronics.

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            • #7
              Claudia-
              I think that is a question to call Medtronics about. Not that they would have the answer but maybe.
              Intersting thought!!!! You made me smile during my crappy day
              Wendi
              IC symptoms began in 1975; diagnosed in March 2006.
              Other conditions: PFD, Migraine, VV, Total Abd Hysterectormy on 12/27,06 for Cervical Cancer, Fibromyalgia.
              Current Daily Meds: Roxicet, Methadone, Flexoril, Flomax
              I use Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Breathing and TENS to help relieve stress, anxiety and pain- LOTS of make up to hide my true identity!

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              • #8
                I am pretty sure it would fry the circuitry in the InterStim -- it is possible you would have some nerve damage and have to have the unit removed. If diathermy (deep tissue heating through infrared/ultrasound) screws them up and can result in nerve damage, imagine what a taser would do.
                ****
                Jen

                *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
                *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
                *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
                *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

                **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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                • #9
                  YIKES!!!

                  Thats really scary! Do you think the same thing would happen if you got zaped by accident like at home? (on an appliance for ex)

                  Erika
                  IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

                  Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

                  "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

                  "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

                  Current Treatments:
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                  • #10
                    I think this could also be a potential liability for police...if they did happen to taser someone that had an interstim and it caused serious injury...but that would be more determined by whether or not the officers were using appropriate force.
                    I am more worried about the criminal aspect...the fact that a taser can be and is used as a weapon. I am definitely going to bring the question to medtronics attention and see what kind of answer I get from them. I will keep everyone posted for sure!

                    And Wendi, glad I could give you a chuckle!

                    ~Claudia

                    "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
                    ~ The Wizard of Oz

                    "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own
                    back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" ~ Dorothy


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                    • #11
                      I've been tasered-not something I recommend by they way-however I dont have the Interstim (though its being discussed for possible implantation around July). Since its all nerve related I can only guess that it could very well interfere; maybe not on a permanent level though thats irrelevant when talking about someones health and well-being.
                      When and if you get the answer by all means post and let us all know. I would think that contacting the manufacturer would be the best place to inquire.

                      Good luck with the surgery.

                      D
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