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November 1, 2016

Spinal Cord Stimulator Eases Pain Without Limitations for Paul Hesson

By Alyse Brunella

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.

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So glad to see this post. The spinal cord stimulator was recommended to me 2 years ago and I was too scared to try it. Someone said she was worse with it in and had to have it removed. My neurosurgeon is recommending it again and this time it’s the new one that allows you to get an MRI. Thanks for sharing your experience. I will have questions for you very soon. Thanks again. 🙂

So how is Paul doing now … a few weeks later? Is the SCS uncomfortable? Does it bother you when you lie on your back? And how long after surgery can u go in a pool?

@paul Hesson @Dr. Ronald Reimer, Thank you for this informative article about the spinal cord stimulator. I am interested in knowing how Paul is doing now and if he has had any complications since his surgery. My Intervention Radiologist who practices Pain Management has been done spinal blocks in my shoulder regions and the in my middle to low back. He makes me alternate the injections at least 3-4 months apart and only treats one area at a time. He says it is best for me to not have that much medicine injected all at one time. It has gotten to where the injections are becoming less effective in controlling my pain. I do take an occasional hydrocodone when my pain feels unbearable. I do not want to take high level narcotics. He has now suggested that I go to a neurosurgeon to talk about having the SCS surgery to control my pain. I have had 20 total surgeries in my 66 years of life. That is a lot of surgery and I don't like to think of having to go into another surgery but I don't want to have chronic pain daily either. I am emotionally hesitant to even think about going into having another surgery. I am needing to find people who have had this surgery to read/talk with them to hear their pro's and con's on the SCS. The only way that I will be able to face trying this surgery is if I can find enough people to tell me that it does work with a minimum number of downside issues. If you can direct me to anyone or anywhere I can correspond with people who have had the surgery and experience and even doctors that would be willing to help me with my fears. I just need information from real people that have experience with this procedure. Thank you, if you can help me in any way.

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