“For many years I was getting by, but never truly able to live” states Vince, a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, regarding the pain he has been experiencing for over a decade. In 2004 Vince underwent a microdiscectomy in his low back. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to provide relief from pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc. He was still experiencing pain after his microdiscectomy to the point that he could not walk far, climb stairs, or do many activities with his kids.
It wasn’t until this past year that the pain had reached its worst. Vince also fell recently, which contributed to his pain. Since June, his pain had become so severe that he was missing work because of it. He was experiencing pain on the left side of his body at his low back, sciatica, and down his leg. On a bad day, he would describe his pain as an 8/10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst. Pain medication helped slightly, where the pain would hover at a consistent 6/10, but it was still limiting Vince from living his life to the fullest and even doing simple day-to-day tasks.
Vince was stuck in a whirlwind of treatment options without progress with his primary care doctor for about 6 months. He was visiting his doctor twice a month, trying epidural injections, and still having no significant pain relief. It was important for Vince to find pain relief without the heavy side effects of medication or the intense recovery of surgery. He longed to get back to his regular life, the life he enjoyed without debilitating pain. After a long, over-due conversation with his doctor, he was referred to Twin Cities Pain Clinic.
On November 27th, shortly after becoming a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, Vince began the spinal cord stimulator trial. The first day of the trial his pain decreased significantly, where he had virtually no pain. He was experiencing slight pressure from the implant process, but the pressure was nothing compared to the relief he received. After two or three days the pressure went away, and his pain was still drastically reduced to nearly 100% relief.
Vince now chooses to take the stairs, something he couldn’t do before the trial. He is now able to walk up five flights of stairs at a time and walk a mile with no pain. For a man once limited to his bed for days on end, to being able to climb a few flights of stairs, Vince knew the spinal cord stimulator was right for him.
“One of the wonderful things about spinal cord stimulation, is that you can try the device first!” Vince expresses. Besides pain relief, that was a big factor in Vince’s decision to go ahead with the trial. A spinal cord stimulation trial typically lasts 3-7 days, during this time you can determine whether the implant is right for you. “I wish I would have known about this option years ago and I am so thankful my doctor referred me to Twin Cities Pain Clinic.” Since the trial Vince’s quality of life has immensely improved. He can’t wait to go through with the implant of the spinal cord stimulator and to be active with his family again!
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