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Thursday, April 26, 2012 Sabine, Community Member, asks

Q: Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulator implant weird side effects

I had my Medtronic Spine stimulator implanted on 4/3/12.  I would like to know if anyone is having weird symptoms.  I have double/blurred vision, memory loss, shortness of breath, light headed, hot flashes, I am unable to drive and unable to work on the computer for a longer period of time.
Also, I am wondering if anyone that had a scs implaned is doing Yoga?  I was a 6 times a week yoggi prior to the surgery and they have told me that I can never do it again.  That even downward dog is to much.  I would love to hear from anyone.

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Cort, Health Guide
4/27/12 9:05am

Those are unusual symptoms! Looking around the web I did come across one account of someone who suffered from migraines and blurred vision after the surgery. Be sure to make your doctor aware of these symptoms. The stimulator is not supposed to cause this type of symptom, that I'm aware of, but you might see if adjusting the setting helps. 


You had major surgery as well and general anesthesia can have strange effects on some people. I know one person who had difficulty talking and thinking and was flat on her back for a month after surgery for bunions. 

jason, Community Member
3/21/14 10:45am

I got blurred vision from the SCS trial.  I went from 20/30 to 20/70 vision.  It is also harder to concentrate and finish tasks after the trial.

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By Sabine, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/12/14, First Published: 04/26/12