I once heard the weirdest thing…

Aasmund Ryningen
2 min readNov 16, 2020


…namely about a thing called SCS.

It’s short for Spinal Cord Simulator.

What it does, is that is sends electric current into someone’ spine to help relieve pain.

For some reason, if you apply electricity to your spine, it’s supposed to help you if you struggle with aches in your body.

I have to admit, I’ve never heard about such a thing, and I just cannot fathom how it would work. But, that might just be me though. After all, I haven’t had the pleasure of getting some device being put under the skin of my buttock. Or close to it.

Nor have I experienced all the potential side effects that come with such a surgery.

Those are infection from the device itself, neurologic injury, epidural hematoma, skin erosion, epidural fibrosis, dual puncture, pain and allergic reaction to the device.

That is, at least if you’re supposed to believe a site called ASRA News.

Aside from your body reacting to the device itself, what struck me the most was neurologic injury.

That’s really a scary thing.

Let’s talk about that for a second.

If you’re lucky, all you’re getting is a headache. And when I say lucky, I mean lucky in brackets. Because nobody who’s suffering from headaches are lucky in that sense. But, I know that if I had to choose between for example a headache versus being paralyzed in for example my right arm, I’d take the headache all day long. Or what about being paralyzed from the neck down, having to sit in a wheelchair?

Of course the wheelchair example is an extreme case.

I’m not saying that it’s going to happen to you if you do a SCS.

But then again, there’s always a risk.

Especially if you allow someone to go in under your skin, to push and pull on your nerves.

Unless I’d instantly die, I’m really not sure if I’d wanted anyone to do that to me.

But that may just be me.

What I would have done, however, was to look at other ways to heal pain. Ways where I wouldn’t have some device or chip being surgically placed underneath my skin.

Like something that came with no side effects.

And that required no surgery, planning or prescriptions.

And that didn’t cost a fortune.

And didn’t involve insurance companies second guessing your need to pain treatment.

Like CBD oil.

Just sayin’…