Nerve Stimulator-Imposed Restrictions

After I had my stimulator about a year, Medtronic began publishing Living Well, a newsletter about the company’s implanted stimulation devices and drug delivery systems. According to the newsletter’s nerve stimulation FAQs, these activities might be harmful: using an electric blanket, skiing, sledding, golfing, amusement park rides. These are in addition to the limitations I’ve already mentioned.

If I had seen all these restrictions listed out before my surgery, I’m not sure I would have gotten the stimulator. I certainly don’t regret getting it, but I’m resentful of and angry about how much it limits my movement. Much, much more than I ever imagined I would be. Part of feeling better is wanting to do all the activities I couldn’t do before. It’s the loss that I’ve mourned the most over the last year and it’s a fresh wound every time I think about it.

2 Responses to Nerve Stimulator-Imposed Restrictions

  1. katy says:

    Hi there

    I’ve only been reading your blog for the last few months, and I’m afraid I don’t know what kind of implant you have–could you explain? Is it a neurostimulator? I’m wondering if it’s possible to have it removed in the future if you choose to. Also wondering if it helps significantly.


    I’ll work on a post with links to all the posts I’ve made on it, but here’s a place to start:

    You can also follow this Google link: to find all my posts on it. Some of the links are to topic categories, which won’t help much, but many are to the posts themselves.

    The truth is that I waffle on how helpful it is. Sometimes I think it helps a ton, other times it seems to help just a bit. The longer I have it, the more resentful I become. I know it does help, but can’t pinpoint how much. I spent the fall before I got it in bed. I haven’t been disabled that much since I’ve had it.

    It is possible to have it removed. Sometimes they stop working, sometimes there are mechanical difficulties.

    It’s all a gamble.


  2. Angel says:

    It may seem silly to some, but I am just crushed that I won’t be able to ride another roller coaster 🙁 And down here, in FL, they advertise every single new coaster like crazy. I’ve had to change the channel, in tears.

    What a bummer that you live in one of the rollercoaster capitals of the country. What would Walt Disney think of inflicting so much harm?


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