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.