Saying goodbye to chronic pain, thanks to nerve stimulation

Mar 5, 2019 | William D. Mauck, M.D. | @williamdma | Comments (22)

Ron Schlict and Wife

Originally posted via Sharing Mayo Clinic on March 4, 2019

Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he'd been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic.

Ron Schlicht lived with the effects of meralgia paresthetica for years. "Depending on the day, it would give me different sensations," he says of the chronic pain in his right thigh. "Most of the time, it was very painful if something would rub against my thigh. I do a lot of air travel for work, so I was always brushing up against other people. It was just very uncomfortable."

The condition wasn't a problem just for Ron, but for those close to him, too. "When you're in chronic pain, you brace yourself for it at the start of each day," he says. "That unknowingly makes your body and mind tense. My friends and family were telling me I was becoming edgy and quiet, and that I'd get irritated easily. I was always so focused on trying to ignore the pain and live with the fact that there was nothing I could do."

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I’m new to this group. I suffer from failed back surgery. My legs hurt so bad, nerve pain is severe . I do brace myself for the minute by minute day. I’m scheduled for the temporary pain stimulator in April. I’m out of options but more pain pills and Lyrica which makes me terribly dizzy.

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A temporary pain stimulator? I haven't heard of it … can it kill the pain of neuropathy ? Peggy

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@pfbacon

A temporary pain stimulator? I haven't heard of it … can it kill the pain of neuropathy ? Peggy

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It isa test which is preformed prior to a more permanent implant to make sure the patient is receptive to that particular therapy. It works on nerves which come off your spine to block those signals. I take Lyrica and amitriptyline for neuropathy with good results. I have a pain pump for other pain issues.

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Thank you! I see my neurologist in a week, I will ask if it might help me. Peggy

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pfbacon, ask your neurologist about the pain pump while you are there, seriously.

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Neuro spinal stimulator, or whatever you want to call it sounds very interesting. I have been in pain at some level since an SI joint injury for going on 2 years. I am not happy with my new normal at limitations from the pain. Somedays I am right down miserable. It has been looking like there is nothing that could be done. Tried just about everything. This is interesting and hopefully good news.

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@betterway

Neuro spinal stimulator, or whatever you want to call it sounds very interesting. I have been in pain at some level since an SI joint injury for going on 2 years. I am not happy with my new normal at limitations from the pain. Somedays I am right down miserable. It has been looking like there is nothing that could be done. Tried just about everything. This is interesting and hopefully good news.

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I have had a spinal stimulator for 2 years and it has helped my lower back pain a lot. Unfortunately my back now has other issues and hurts in my my mid and upon back. But I highly recommend the stimulator for you since your back hurts from an accident. Do your research first. The surgery to implant the device is no big deal and the battery does not bother me at all.

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@mlmchem1

I have had a spinal stimulator for 2 years and it has helped my lower back pain a lot. Unfortunately my back now has other issues and hurts in my my mid and upon back. But I highly recommend the stimulator for you since your back hurts from an accident. Do your research first. The surgery to implant the device is no big deal and the battery does not bother me at all.

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Hi mimchem1, which SPS company did you use? Abbott which is St. Jude, Medtronc which is Bostion Scientific or Nevro.

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@martyk

Hi mimchem1, which SPS company did you use? Abbott which is St. Jude, Medtronc which is Bostion Scientific or Nevro.

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I have a Medtronic stimulator. It's easy to charge and comfortable.

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@mlmchem1

I have a Medtronic stimulator. It's easy to charge and comfortable.

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Thank you. Any parathesia?

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Some parathesia but you can adjust the battery to eliminate it. I don't have any now.

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@mlmchem1

I have a Medtronic stimulator. It's easy to charge and comfortable.

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I had the Abbott trial done in November and it worked. So in December I had the permanent implant and it is not working. My back pain is almost gone except for the shooting pains I regularly have at the site of the implant (generator) and my legs and feet hurt even move than before. The rep for Abbott has had me change the setting several times with no improvement. I see the doctor again next month and hope I can get some kind of help. I don't know if the Abbott implant is the problem or if something went wrong with the surgery but I hope they can find a satisfactory solution because I am really tired of all the pain.

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