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    When will Epidural Stimulation ever be brought to the masses?

    I'm just really upset the way the whole thing with the trials for the Epidural Stimulation has been handled. Here's something that could the way it has been described be helping a real lot of people NOW, I'm sure there is a way to get special FDA Approval going through the proper channels, but nope, they have to raise as much funding as possible for the current trial that ends in 2020, a lot of people involved make huge salaries off the said funding. I would not be surprised if they go into another trial after the one in 2020 is completed and raise yet more funding. I've seen this scenario play out time and time again over my 35 years of SCI. If Epidural Stim really works so good, get it to the people now, we all are not getting any younger. I signed up for the trial, donated a bunch of money to both Louisville and CR Foundation, never heard anything, just get a bunch of junk mail now from all these guys looking for yet even more money. Why bother? As you can tell I'm pretty emotional on this topic, but have good reason to be. Heck if this thing could do for me what was described in the four people who had the Stim unit placed in them I'd be very happy. I just don't see it ever happening. Of course when you talk to these people they will reassure you it's possible and all that jazz. Ya right. Here it is, the first implant was done in 2009 on Summers and he had good results according to the article http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/...world-baseball was over 6 years ago. Heck even if it did not work out in people and it was implanted vs surface stim as they say they are working on, it could simply be removed. What's the big deal. So 6 years wasted and 4 more to go with the current trial, can you see why I think it will go on at least another 10 after the current 10 years coming up in 2020? But in answer to the original poster, yes, it sounds great and all, just no telling when in the heck it will become available if ever, I've seen so many things like this that were hyped fall by the wayside the past 35 years.
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    You have seen or heard about other devices, or therapies in the past, actually used in humans to treat SCI. That were actually approved by the FDA under reputable reasearchers?? I hate to assume but you most certainly have not! The only option would have been gerons trial. Which showed next to no result and was openly aborted!

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    Yes I have, Omentum Transportation comes to mind, there was a special FDA approval given for that to try in 50 test subjects at Boston Medical Center Massachusetts. The Vocare device, Special FDA permit for that. Ampyra (also known as 4ap) was approved for MS with a off label for SCI, there was much talk about it years ago on these forums, many people tried it. FES was said to improve SCI, it was approved. The list goes on, I'm sure others can think of more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    I'm just really upset the way the whole thing with the trials for the EPI Stim has been handled. Here's something from the way it has been described that could be helping a real lot of people NOW, I'm sure there is a way to get special FDA Approval going through the proper channels, but nope, they have to raise as much funding as possible for the current trial that ends in 2020, a lot of people involved make huge salaries off the said funding. I would not be surprised if they go into another trial after the one in 2020 is completed and raise yet more funding. I've seen this scenario play out time and time again over my 35 years of SCI. If Epidural Stim really works so good, get it to the people now, we all are not getting any younger. I signed up for the trial, donated a bunch of money to both Louisville and CR Foundation, never heard anything, just get a bunch of junk mail now from all these guys looking for yet even more money. Why bother? As you can tell I'm pretty emotional on this topic, but have good reason to be. Heck if this thing could do for me what was described in the four people who had the Stim unit placed in them I'd be very happy. I just don't see it ever happening. Of course when you talk to these people they will reassure you it's possible and all that jazz. Ya right. Here it is, the first implant was done in 2009 on Summers and he had good results according to the article http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sc...A3707J20140408 This was over 6 years ago. Heck even if it did not work out in people and it was implanted vs surface stim as they say they are working on, it could simply be removed. What's the big deal. So 6 years wasted and 4 more to go with the current trial, can you see why I think it will go on at least another 10 after the current 10 years coming up in 2020? But in answer to the original poster, yes, it sounds great and all, just no telling when in the heck it will become available if ever, I've seen so many things like this that were hyped fall by the wayside the past 35 years.
    I believe UC San Diego is implanting the epidural stimulator in patients who have some lower limb movement. One of the members of this forum got a trial implant in December. Look for alhavel's post. (I hope he gives us more news soon.)

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    And here's the link to the previous discussion on this forum:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...7-e-stim/page4

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    But at least one or two of the first five were complete were they not?

    Agree with Curt. James we have seen it over and over.

    Curt why not write an impassioned plea that you have waited 35yrs and time is running out? Be nice to see an ole timer get it and how it would affect you - as a rep of CareCure or something. I'd sign a letter of support out of curiosity alone! It would make me feel more hopeful because shit's pretty bleak right now and I am just waiting for it all to be over.
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    By the way, I realize they can't favour a person in a trial.

    I'm still waiting for them to perform this procedure on a female. Why five men and no women?

    It would be nice to get a cross section of differing ages and lengths of time paralyzed but we aren't running the trial so?

    I won't see this in my lifetime. I have an appointment with an infection specialist next week and am contemplating refusing treatment if it means another PICC line 13yrs later. I just can't do it. I'm tired.

    Unable to work due to complications. Worked so much I never developed close friends outside work. Nor hobbies. Not well enough to travel. Not close with family and no children.

    There's nothing left for me to do in this life. No regrets, other than wasting 13yrs with the wrong guy who promised a family. I'm just existing and wasting money at this point.
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    No one would miss me when I was gone. The sadder thing is that I would miss no one either. I am incapable of trusting another human being. . Even humanity as no one gave a damn that a 12yr old lived her entire life paralyzed.

    Freaking arrested development. lol

    Sometimes I hate my humour.

    Re trust ... I had looked into the BDSM thing as a way to work on my trust. I couldn't follow through despite many opportunities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    No one would miss me when I was gone.
    Not true...Your adorable dog would miss you!

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