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 neurostimulation 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.
While Jaclyn did not have any complications, there are surgical risks, including infection. Other risks following surgery may include pain at the implant site and uncomfortable changes in stimulation.
Since receiving neurostimulation therapy, 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.
This story reflects one person's experience. Not every person will receive the same results. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.