I had my stroke 14 years ago and suffered from post-stroke chronic shoulder pain. I tried anything to help with the pain. After seven years of PT/OT rehabilitation, I said, “This is it—this is the best I’m ever going to get” so I stopped. I had to just suck it up when it came to the pain.
I tried everything you can think of though—I had a sling to stop my shoulder from moving but that was useless. I tried pain med after pain med but nothing succeeded. All of it was to no avail.
One day my stroke doctor sent me to a pain management doctor who introduced me to StimRouter™. I had to laugh at first; I thought nothing can take this pain away. But I had tried everything else so I said, “Let’s give it a shot.” Once the StimRouter was implanted, everything was pretty much OK with my pain. I can say the stimulator is working very well for me.
I was programmed by the doctor two weeks after the implant and after a day of using the StimRouter system with my remote control my pain started to go away. I would keep it on for about two hours and then I wouldn’t need it for the rest of the day because the pain relief carried over. I was really impressed with how fast it worked.
Before StimRouter, I would say my pain went off the scale—above a 10 for sure—because my pain was really bad. Sometimes it hurt to breathe. Now with the help of StimRouter, my pain is only a 2 or 3 at the most.
I wear my system all day but I only turn it on every six to eight hours depending on what I’m doing that day. The patches stay on well but come off just as easily. When it’s on, it feels like a massage chair on your arm.
The StimRouter works well for me; I feel very lucky. I can lift my arm enough to put on deodorant now and I’ve picked up some new hobbies. It’s a process and I still have goals—like being able to ride my bike—but I would recommend StimRouter to people in pain without a doubt in my mind.
I didn’t expect much at first but was quite surprised, very happily surprised. The StimRouter is great. If anyone asked me, I would tell them straight out—it works and it works well for me.
For more information on StimRouter, visit the Bioness website.
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