My name is Andrea Luke. I am a mother of two and a registered nurse. I injured my back at the age of 32 when lifting a patient at work. I spent many years in pain.
My injury resulted in five spine surgeries, many tests and countless procedures. My last surgery was a four level fusion that stopped any further deterioration, but left me with chronic pain. I became unable to work as a nurse. Everyday tasks were difficult and I missed out on many activities with my children. In addition to nursing, I loved to ski, mountain bike, hike and scuba dive, all of which I could no longer do. Medications helped my pain but did not take it away completely. Plus, I never felt like myself when taking the meds.
I found Dr. Raj Sureja and he worked with me to combat my chronic pain. We tried injections and epidurals, but I did not get sufficient relief. He suggested a spinal cord stimulator and after a while, I finally agreed. My neurostimulator was a complete success. I now take no medication whatsoever. I work full-time as a high-risk Labor and Delivery Nurse in Norfolk and I live a full, active and PAIN FREE life. Neurostimulation was a complete game changer for me. Thank you, Dr. Sureja!