Testimonials: Pain Management

Julie Stuffel – Pain Management

I have been seen at OSC for many years, for mainly pain management. Dr. Jenny Andrus is treating me and has worked hard to help my pain and many other problems. She has found and treated things that other doctors did not see. She and the staff at OSC have always been very kind and helpful and I would like to thank all of them.

Julia Stuffel

Lorraine Saunders – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain Management

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I have had chronic back and hip pain since the ‘80s. I have tried everything for relief. I have been to chiropractors and all kinds of doctors. Even 5 back surgeries (with rods, screws and even a spine fusion) didn’t fix me and narcotic pain pills did nothing to relieve my pain. Although my physicians meant well and really tried to help me, it seemed like nothing was working. I hurt all the time.

I was referred to Dr. Raj Sureja by my PCP. After seeing Dr. Sureja a few times, he suggested a Spinal Cord Stimulator be implanted to relieve my pain. I was in no way ready to have another surgery. I asked a physician that I trusted, for his opinion. He told me that wouldn’t recommend the Spinal Cord Stimulator. So decided against having it implanted and continued taking my pain medicine, hoping for relief.

To make matters worse, in 2011, I was driving one day and a drunk driver hit my car head-on. My pain level went from bad to absolutely terrible. My pain just kept getting worse and worse. I was desperate for any pain relief.

I again saw Dr. Sureja and he brought up the Spinal Cord Stimulator. I was very reluctant, but I hurt so bad that I thought it couldn’t make things any worse. Dr. Sureja told me that I could even try the Spinal Cord Stimulator for a week, without having it permanently implanted, so see if it helped me. I tried it and it did help with my pain. I decided to have it permanently implanted in 2013.

All of my pain did not immediately go away. I still took pain medication after getting the SCS and the vibration sometimes bothered me. But, I decided to stick with it. One day, I called the Pharmacy to refill my pain medication. After hanging up the phone and thinking about it, I decided that I was done with the pain medicine. It really made me groggy and sleepy. I felt like I was missing out on the important things in life. So, I called the pharmacy and cancelled my order. I stopped my medication cold turkey and I haven’t taken any since. All I take now is Tylenol.

Thankfully, I was able to talk to the person who adjusts the Spinal Cord Stimulator about the vibration I felt and how it bothered me. He was able to adjust it so that I barely feel the vibration anymore, if at all. I am happy to report that the only time I hurt is when the unit battery is low and needs to be recharged. I just tape the battery charger to my back when I go to sleep and then it is recharged when I wake up. What a relief!

I once said that I just wanted to be able to go to the mall with my grandkids, and walk around without pain. I didn’t want much, just that. I can now do that and much more. I am so grateful to Dr. Sureja for recommending this technology. Life is now great!

Lorraine Saunders

Ruth Hawkins – Pain Management/Epidural Steroid Injections

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After years of dealing with chronic back and hip pain, I decided to see an orthopedic doctor. I chose OSC because they were highly recommended by doctors and friends. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson referred me to the OSC Pain Center when he saw that it would take continued pain management to deal with my spine and hip issues.
 
I saw Dr. Raj Sureja and he explained that with vertebra problems, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, epidural injections may benefit me greatly. At that point I would’ve tried almost anything. Even breathing was difficult because of the pain. I was unable to work; walking upstairs, vacuuming and carrying much weight at all had become very difficult. I had not been able to exercise for some time and had been on prescription pain medicine for at least 15 years and I was taking narcotics daily just to function.
 
Dr. Sureja decided epidurals in all 3 regions of my spine would be most effective. I went to the appointments and within a couple days, the pain lessened. Within a couple weeks, I was beginning to do the things I had been doing. When returned for the first follow-up, I still had pain in my neck and was given a second epidural in between my cervical and thoracic regions. After that, I was off and running, I went back to the gym and was shooting hoops (my favorite activity of all). It was an amazing transformation, I felt 20 years younger.
 
Dr Sureja also referred me to a rheumatologist that examined me and performed numerous tests and was totally amazed at the level of osteoporosis and all that I was able to do (after the epidurals).
 
I think the most amazing part of this has been the ease at which I could move without pain. Hopping up on chairs to put things in the cabinet (but don’t tell Dr Sureja), cleaning multiple rooms before sitting, going about my day doing errands, working or anything I needed to do, I could do with more comfort. The contrast was amazing. With the pain medication, I could move but it was still stiff and somewhat rigid movements. And I had that groggy feeling all the time or was in pain and sometimes both. It was so much better after the epidurals. The pain relief for me lasted 9 months before it even began to return, which is great news medically and financially. I have spent the last year much happier, with far, far, far less pain and discomfort. My quality of life has increased hugely in my estimation.
 
Dr. Sureja is one the most professional, caring and expert listener and diagnostician I’ve ever met. His staff is wonderful; always friendly and willing to answer multiple questions multiple times if I forget.

 
My name is Ruth Hawkins, I am 60 years old and I highly recommend OSC; particularly Dr. Sureja to anyone dealing with pain.

Rudolph Pazdernik – Vertebroplasty for Vertebral Fracture

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Dr. Raj Sureja didn’t just manage my pain; He eliminated it!

 
A few years ago, as I was suffering from some sort of a vertebral fracture in my back, I was referred to Dr. Raj Sureja at OSC. The first thing I did was to check him out on the internet and learned that he was a “Pain Management” specialist.

 
Well, that didn’t sound too good to me, as I could just imagine having to take pain pills and physical therapy for the rest of my life. However, his credentials sounded very impressive, so I went up to see what he had to offer. After he checked my X-rays, he smiled and said, “Oh, we can take care of that with just a little bone cement.”

 
Well, I’m delighted to report that he did just that! After making a small incision in my back, he placed a little of his “bone cement” on the fracture and within an hour, the pain was not only “managed,” it was GONE! And I am happy to report that it has never come back!

 
Dr. Sureja deserves a 5-Star rating in my book, and I would be happy to recommend him to my family and friends!

Rudolph Pazdernik 

 

 

Frank Hunyady – Pain Management

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Monica (Monica Beckett, NP-BC) simply provided the most competent, professional service imaginable. She quite capably answered all my questions and concerns in a style easy to understand, and in a rate of speech that allowed processing time. My time with her was enjoyable, given her keen sense of humor that never went beyond the limits of a professional relationship. Her prescription returned me to an active life. I feel fortunate to have her as my service provider.

Frank Hunyady

 

Nancy J. McPhail – Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management Program

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From June – Sept. 6, 2016, I was a member of the charter class, “Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management”, led by Dr. Cal Robinson, and based on the work of Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix. I’ve had chronic, lower back pain for 15 years, as a result of arthritic and deteriorating 3 spinal discs. My Dr. would not prescribe opioids, so I depended on big doses of NSAIDS. I exercised, but found it hard to find something that didn’t exacerbate the pain.

In this class, we learned how meditation, and exploring our feelings and roots of pain, could help us control and even reduce pain. The fact meditation reduced fear meant, that stress hormones, a contributor to chronic pain, were also reduced.

I was a bit skeptical that this class could help, but I was willing to try, and I am very glad I did. I started feeling better gradually and found that, not only did the meditation reduce pain, it reduced my anxiety and it increased patience, something I needed!  I was able to reduce the use of NSAIDS by 80%. Since the class, I have less pain, less fear of the future and greater control of my emotions. If I miss a daily meditation, I feel out of sorts; practicing a meditation puts me at a better place, almost immediately.

I am very grateful to Dr. Robinson for bringing this program to our community, and I highly recommend it! I wished I had learned this years ago.

Nancy J. McPhail

Candace Grantham – Pain Management

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From the first time I met Dr. Jenny Andrus, I liked her. She has always been thorough in every aspect of my treatment. She works with you to find the best treatment. I was lucky to find her when I moved here.

Candace Grantham

Linda Marks – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain Management

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I have had back problems and pain for a long time. Sometimes the pain would be so bad, I could barely walk.  I saw Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC and he diagnosed me with many different spine issues. We tried treating these problems conservatively, but I wasn’t getting better. As a result, I finally had to have three different fusion surgeries, one in my neck and two in my lower back, spaced a few years apart. The surgeries helped keep me going and able to work and Dr. Carlson did a great job.  However, I continued to have pain because surgery couldn’t fix everything that was wrong.  I was also having pain in my knees and all over my body.  Dr. Carlson referred me to Dr. Jenny Andrus who does Pain Management.

 

Dr. Andrus diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and gave me medication which helped. She gave me an injection for my knee pain. However, I continued to have bad pain in my lower back which again was causing issues for me when I stood at work or tried to walk.  Dr. Andrus never gave up and continued to try different therapies to help me.  Finally, she suggested I try Spinal Cord Stimulation.  I agreed.

 

Dr. Carlson permanently implanted the Spinal Cord Stimulator on April 13th.  It has been amazing how it has really worked for me.  I would say my pain has been reduced by 75-80%.  I can now enjoy going outside again and being with my husband, as well as working without being in agony.  I am truly thankful to both Dr. Carlson and Dr. Andrus for helping me walk again without hurting.

Linda Marks.

Barbara Clark – Pain Management for Spinal Stenosis/Spinal Cord Stimulator

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I suffer from Spinal Stenosis. I have had it now for about 6 years. The pain started in my back, then gradually worked its way into my buttocks, thighs and legs. It was horrible and I had trouble doing anything!

I originally saw Dr. Mark McFarland for my problem and he diagnosed Spinal Stenosis. He was wonderful to work with and he told me that I had 3 options: spine surgery, a spinal cord stimulator or to live with the pain. I chose the spinal cord stimulator. I then met with Dr. Jenny Andrus in the Pain Management Department, so that I could try out the Spinal Cord Stimulator to see if it would help me.

I had it permanently implanted in February. Once it was adjusted just right (took 2 months), the pain relief was amazing! I saw a 70% reduction in my pain and decreased my pain medication. Everyone now says “Look at you!”, when I jump out of my chair. I even scrub and wax my own floor now and go to work. I recommend this to anyone with severe pain. It will change your life! Thank you, Dr. Andrus!

Barbara Clark

Elizabeth Gee – Stem Cell Therapy for Torn Meniscus

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Approximately 2 years ago, I tripped & ended up with a torn meniscus in my knee. The physician, at that time, quickly recommended surgery, which just was not an option for me. I have a full time job, house, 3 pets, a yard, etc. So I dealt with the pain & just hoped it would go away, certainly not get worse.

After setting up a program at The Chesapeake for OSC’s Dr. Mark McFarland to speak to the Community about stem cell injections, I was very impressed with him & the information and scheduled a consultation with him. He determined that I was a very good candidate for the procedure.

Now, almost 3 months later, the ‘creaking’ has stopped, I have no pain, and my knee feels much stronger. It works & the injection did not hurt at all!

Elizabeth Gee