Raymond Ramirez received a Spinal Cord Stimulator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Before the procedure, Raymond was extremely limited by his chronic pain.
Raymond Ramierz has some salient advice for other pain patients: Don’t give up the first time you hear a doctor say “there’s nothing more we can do.”
For years, Raymond listened to the stories of life-long criminals. Before retirement he had served as an associate warden in the California Department of Corrections and Deputy Commissioner on the Parole Board, seeing inmates with life sentences. But when it came time to find a doctor to listen to his story of debilitating pain, he fell short until he saw the staff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic.
“From the very first visit, I felt like Dr. Will listened. He looked over all my reports and we had a good talk,” said Raymond. “He helped answer a lot of my questions and I marveled at Dr. Will’s abilities.”
Raymond had been looking for answers to his persistent pain for three years. It started with leg pain in 2006, first the right and then the left. He received the diagnosis of degenerative disc disease and began an endless series of procedures that never brought anything more than temporary relief – surgery, water therapy, acupuncture, and injections. “It got worse. My pain was a 9 or 10 at times. I could barley walk hunched over with a cane and finally I wasn’t leaving the house for anything other than doctor visits for more than a year,” said Raymond. One doctor even told him there was nothing he could do or even suggest. “Your hope goes out the window and it’s difficult to move on from there,” he added.
At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, Raymond was considered a candidate for neurostimulation therapy, a battery-powered device that interrupts the pain signals to the brain. “I felt the difference right away. This small device has a tremendous amount of technology packed into it.”