Pain Relief?


Posted by Lynn Bronikowski 

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.

National Stroke Association provides educational information about treatments for post-stroke issues through real-life stories. Promotion of these stories does not imply endorsement of any product or service and it is recommended that patients ask a healthcare professional before using any product, medicine, or therapy.

How did I miss that?


You wake up in a hospital, unaware of what happened. Your family and friends gather around to help you any way they can. Your family can’t make sense of what happened, so they see what is available on the internet.  That the problem!

You can’t find ANYTHING you need to do AFTER you had your stroke.

For me, that stroke was 7 years ago.  Now, 7 years later, it is different.  Now you can determine if your heart is stressing out..  You pay attention to FAST and you are aware of the stroke facts.  You have the signs, and your friends and relatives noticed it..and they tell you.

You may notice I DO have post-stroke examples of articles you CAN read.  OK, it’s 1, but it is a start: 5 Ways to Help Your Loved One with Receptive Aphasia  There will be MORE!

In the last 7 years, we have had major progress in stroke.  Now, stoke is the 5th leading cause of death in america..down from the 4th leading cause of death. That’s good news!

What if something is “not right” with your friend?

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 6.05.03 PMYou are out…having a good time, when something doesn’t seem right with you friend.  You ask him what is wrong, and he just mumbles something.  As you continue to look at him, you sense something is not right.  You can spot a STROKE using the FAST method.

Source: American Stroke Association