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Patient stories Spinal cord stimulation

Watch stories from people who are using spinal cord stimulation (SCS) to manage chronic pain.

Wendi's story

"Life before the spinal cord stimulator was very bleak and very dull. But my life now is pretty darn amazing."

Mike's story

"I’ve had 80 to 85% pain reduction with SCS. I didn’t think something this simple could work… but it works."

Scott's story

"My quality of life today versus what it was before I had the [SCS] stimulator put in, is like night and day. A lot of the activities that I used to enjoy are back in my life now."

Farrah's story

"[With SCS therapy for diabetic peripheral neuropathy] I can go on walks. That in itself is a big deal… and do different things with my kids that I was unable to before. My outlook improved dramatically on the future."

Sandra and Jay’s story

"Through [the] Vanta spinal cord stimulator, Medtronic has given me a chance to live a normal life, and to watch Jay [my husband, who has the same neurostimulator] be able to pickup our grandson…that to me is everything." (Sandra)

Tammy’s story

"The time that I'm able to spend with my grandchildren doing activities — I'm very grateful to have that back in my life.”


Bryan’s story

“Having the stimulator has relieved the burden from my mind of constantly having to worry about my pain."

Sonia’s story

“[SCS therapy] gave me the opportunity to rediscover me. And to me that was the most important and the best gift that this device could have ever given me.”

Nicole’s story

“I'm able to be the mom that I want to be for my kids and I'm able to be the wife I want to be for my husband. Now that my pain is under control, I'm running again.”

Richard’s story

“Living with a stimulator, I've circled the world three times this year. We've walked many, many miles and this time I was walking with no pain.”

Every patient experience is unique.  Not everyone who receives Medtronic neurostimulation therapy will experience the same results.

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