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Pain Medicine

March 11, 2020

Pain Rehabilitation Center Offers Freedom From Debilitating Symptoms

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Carolyn Judson repeatedly tried to no avail to get to the bottom of the episodes of shaking, sensitivity to touch and other mysterious symptoms that drastically affected her quality of life. Then she came to Mayo Clinic where she was referred to a three-week program that she says gave her her life back.

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Tags: Pain Rehabilitation Center


February 7, 2020

Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free

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Doris Jessesski tried a host of treatments to ease her chronic back pain, but nothing worked. Then a Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine specialist recommended a new type of spinal cord stimulator. That did the trick. Today, Doris’ debilitating back pain is gone.

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Tags: Dr. Evan Nelson, Dr. Matthew Pingree, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Stimulation


January 20, 2020

Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain

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A snowmobile accident left Blake Sunde with limited use of his right arm and triggered severe, chronic pain that lasted for years. But two years ago, a new treatment option changed everything and restored the quality of life Blake had been missing for so long.

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Tags: Dr. Alexander Shin, Dr. Allen Bishop, Dr. Matthew Pingree, Dr. Robert Spinner, Spine Stimulation


December 6, 2019

Freed From Unrelenting Pain, Bea Fiala is Offering Her Own Kind of Medicine: Laughter

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Constant leg pain made it difficult for Bea Fiala to do what mattered to her. In particular, it took her away from the place where she felt most at home — the stage. After traveling to Mayo Clinic in search of answers, however, Bea underwent a minimally invasive procedure that has her smiling and making […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Pingree, Meralgia paresthetica


October 23, 2019

Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation

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At 35, Tyler McDonald felt like his best years were behind him. Affected by mystifying mobility issues and severe pain, he needed a cane and heavy pain medications to move through his days. Withdrawn and depressed, Tyler’s outlook was grim — until he met a Mayo Clinic neurologist who opened a door that led Tyler […]

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Tags: Dr. Eoin Flanagan, Dr. Wesley Gilliam, Functional disorders, Pain Rehabilitation Center


June 24, 2019

Living and Thriving Beyond Opioid Addiction

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Ken Start is an optimistic, energetic husband, father and grandfather with a job and family he loves. It’s a life Ken’s fought for, but one he almost sacrificed to opioid addiction. For 15 years, Ken was addicted to prescription pain medication, an addiction that was finally broken with the help of Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation […]

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Tags: Addiction Services, Dr. W. Michael Hooten, Opioid use disorder, Pain Rehabilitation Center


May 22, 2019

Defeating Foot Pain With Neurostimulation

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Unrelenting foot pain dictated Valerie Nicolaison’s life for years. It eventually took away her ability to drive, cook, walk and stand. In 2018, however, Valerie’s pain met its match when she received a device that stops pain signals in their tracks.  

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Tags: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Dr. Tim Lamer, Pain Medicine


February 27, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation

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Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he’d been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Klein, Dr. William Mauck, Meralgia paresthetica


January 15, 2019

Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

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For years, the chronic pain of Crohn’s disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again.

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Tags: Crohn's Disease, Dr. Cynthia Townsend, Pain Rehabilitation Center


December 14, 2018

Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health

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After years of chronic back pain, Guy Gottschalk was not optimistic that he would ever find relief. But a visit to Mayo Clinic not only significantly reduced his pain, it gave him the motivation to make important lifestyle changes that dramatically improved his health.

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Tags: Dr. William Mauck, Executive Health Program, Pain Medicine


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