has anyone had a really horrible painful experience while being awake during a scs implant?

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I have been diagnosed with CRPS and I went into surgery for an SCS implant after two trials. Something terrible happened. I was wide awake for it. I have had an EMG since and now it says I have polyneuropathy. Having another EMG soon. Anyone heard of anything remotely close to this?

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    You will be awake during the trial thats normal. Its So they can ask questions anout the placement of the leads. I'm not sure what you mean by "EMG," so I can't really address that part if your post?

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      Thanks for responding. Perhaps you should read it again. I understand I was to be awake, after all, I had two trials before the actual implant.
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      I guess I'm so not understanding your question? You stated "something horrible happened," and you were wide awake. So what happened during the procedure? A lot of people have all different types of neuropathy; hence the need for the spinal cord stimulator. So it's a little confusing.

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      If I knew what happened, I'd be glad to share. Something horrible and painful happened. They did something that caused me to scream out in pain. I wanted to die in that moment. I have no clue and they are not telling me. Now I'm diagnosed with something that I didn't have prior to going into that surgery. Hopefully after seeing a neurologist today I will get some better answers.

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      Hi there

      I recently had permanent insertion of both a thoracic SCS for my left leg and a cervical SCS for my arm. They did procedures separately as thoracic one I had to be awake as well for the surgery so they could know when they were in correct spot essentially (I'm a retired RN that worked in OR, So I knew what to expect) and we agreed that once they we're done needing me to be awake they would put me in a deep sleep (not a general anaesthetic, but deep enough I shouldn't know what was going on. I was also promised lots of local anaesthetic during procedure in case I wasn't 'deep' enough) I also had a horrible experience of feeling everything they were doing!! From scalpel cutting skin to dissection of further tissue that I knew I shouldn't be feeling and they obviously thought I was asleep and being face down and tied down it took me a few horrific moments to get their attention by screaming bloody murder!! They immediately stopped (I think my neurosurgeon was horrified) and anaesthesia dealt with further inducing my sleep to point I don't remember anything else until recovery room. When I mentioned experience to surgeon after I think they we're hoping I had forgotten (some anaesthetic drugs have amnesia properties) he said 'so you do remember that??! ' he was very apologetic as was my anaesthetist. But the a in in those moments was unbelievable and I will never forget that horrific experience. They did not mention that I had developed something unusual so I am concerned for you and what that all means. I am so pleased to hear you're seeing a neurologist about this though and am very curious to know what happened and what this all means for you and your CRPS/RSD, so please keep us posted and let us know.

      Good luck and hope to hear from you soon.

      Andrea

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