SCS and driving and Flying

Can anyone tell me if it is OK to drive with the SCS implanted as well as flying?

I have been hearing all sorts of weird stories about these, if you can help, I would appreciate it.



  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 688
    I drive with mine all the time. No probs. I use the high frequency setting. Have not flown yet. No reason to turn it off while flying. You're just sitting. 
  • I have no problems driving. Have not flown yet but the rep told not to go through the body scanner. Have TSA use hand wand
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  • I fly all the time for work- about 2 times a month if not more. The body scanners are fine but I think I'm the manual it says not to go through the metal detectors so when those are used I opt for a pat down- I do the same at sporting events. I've never had any issues with employees giving me trouble with it, the wands they use will make me feel uncomfortable so I make sure to tell them not to use it(will make the scs feel stronger) even international travel has been fine. Just make sure you have your medical card and if worried just opt for the pat down. I always carry my device charger etc on the plane, also no issues. 
  • Ditto to the previous two posters regarding driving, no problems.  As a matter of fact, I even asked my rep. about it before the trial, and she said there are no driving restrictions.  However, if I tried to drive while it's turned on and found it distracting, making me nervous, etc., she advised that I could turn it on a much lower setting or turn it off, whatever made me feel safe.  I didn't use it for a while after the implant surgery while driving due to feeling nervous, but different things make me more nervous than most (I'm assuming) while driving anyway, since a driver not paying attention running into me is what started all of my back problems that led to surgeries/chronic pain.

    It's been years since I've flown, before I had my SCS, but I'll take the word of the two previous posters again, because I was never told there'd be any problems with it.  Mrs_Step85 - I am curious about the metal detectors.  I'll be honest, I haven't read my entire manual like I should, and it's been almost four years (right after my implant surgery) since I've even thought about it.  What concerns me is the fact that I do go to a good number of pro sporting events with metal detectors, and I've never considered that it might not be wise with my stimulator.  This is not me questioning what you're saying, just in case it looks at all like what I'm doing... I'm wanting to know to make sure I'm not chancing it being messed up, since I've gone through them quite a bit since I had my SCS implanted.  If you don't mind letting me know, what potential harm have I been doing by going through them?  Thank you very much in advance for your help!
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