These stories reflect the experience of individuals who are receiving a Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapy for the treatment of severe chronic pain. Medtronic invited these people to share their story candidly. As you read them, please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to these particular individuals. Not everyone who receives spinal cord stimulation will receive the same results as the individuals in these stories. Talk with your doctor to determine if spinal cord stimulation is right for you.
In 2000, Jaclyn broke her ankle while cheerleading. The ankle healed, but chronic pain in the ankle and lower leg remained, limiting her ability to walk, interact with others, and sleep.
Jaclyn’s primary care physician tried a variety of treatments to control the pain. Oral medications failed and made her nauseous. Physical therapy provided only temporary relief.
The pain continued to escalate to an unbearable level. Eventually, Jaclyn’s leg swelled and ached. Jaclyn says it sometimes felt like it was on fire. It was so sensitive to touch that even a breeze caused intense pain.
After a year living with the pain, Jaclyn’s doctor referred her to a pain management specialist who diagnosed her with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Her pain physician suggested Jaclyn try spinal cord stimulation from Medtronic.
Jaclyn underwent a screening test to see if she would be a candidate for the therapy. During the test, Jaclyn says a soothing, tingling sensation replaced the pain. She received her neurostimulator implant in November of 2002.
Although Jaclyn didn't experience any complications with her surgery, some patients do experience problems. The most frequently reported problems following the neurostimulator implant surgery include infection, lead movement, pain at the implant site, loss of therapy effect, and therapy that did not meet the patient’s expectations.
For a complete list of side effects that have been associated with the therapy, refer to the Important Safety Information. Please talk with your doctor to fully understand the risks and benefits.
Since receiving spinal cord stimulation, Jaclyn has 90% pain coverage. She is now a junior in college, pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. Jaclyn can sleep, hike, bike, and walk the dog. “I couldn’t live a normal life without my neurostimulation system,” she says.
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