Dr. Stephen Rynick of Culicchia Neurological Clinic suggested a trial of spinal cord stimulation delivered via tiny wires implanted in her back for three days. If successful, a pump would be implanted to deliver electrical impulses. Recommended by doctors for over 40 years to manage chronic pain in the back, arms and legs, the stimulator helps mask pain by blocking or changing pain signals before they reach the brain.
Cynthia describes her experience.
Patients best suited for a spine stimulator are those experiencing:
Chronic pain in your back, arms or legs six months or more;
Neuropathic pain (pain marked by burning, tingling or numbness);
Little or no relief from surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or physical therapy.