Paul Hesson was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease at 38 years old. Doctors told Paul that he had the back of a 75-year-old. He experienced severe pain and joint stiffness and knew he needed to visit a neurosurgeon. Paul visited Dr. Ronald Reimer, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, to discuss his options and learn more about a new MRI-compatible spinal cord stimulator device. This device can be programed to alleviate pain along the spine and other areas of the body. Paul felt noticeably better within a few days following the procedure - and can now walk three miles and go to the gym. His quality of life has improved significantly, thanks to this device and care at Mayo Clinic.