Spinal Cord Simulator Review: One Woman’s Experience

Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator

This is one woman’s experience with the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator.

My name is Gloria Smith, and for over 40 years, I have had chronic pain after injuring my lower back. I had a water skiing accident in a lake near Tampa, Florida.

After several surgeries at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, while I was living in Lake Wales, Florida, a local doctor informed me about the new pain stimulator that had just become available. I wanted to try it, and got my first stimulator in the 1970s. There have been a lot of improvements since the first pain stimulator was invented. Back then I had to use long black rubber electrodes, put cream on them, and tape them onto my back before turning on the stimulator. It was worth the trouble to have something to help with my muscle spasms and chronic pain.

Every time the Stimulators were improved, I experimented with the new improvements over the years.

A few years ago, my back doctor, Dr. Andrew Cordista, in Moultrie, Georgia, my retirement home, told me about the new Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator. He thought I might be a good candidate for it, and I was. It was a big improvement from my first stimulator. Now, I have the new updated Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator.

I am still working and learning about getting it adjusted just right, and that will come with my years of patience and determination to get the best help from my stimulator. I call myself a Biotic Woman.

After six major back surgeries and years of chronic pain, I am very thankful for back pain stimulators to help with the pain. With multiple surgeries and the aging process, the arthritis in my back goes up and down the (1 to 10) pain level scale. I go from minor soreness to severe at times.

I never tell my doctor that it is a 10, because that is unbearable pain, and I have experienced that before and after surgeries. Now, I can bravely bear the lower levels with the help of my stimulator and advice from my good back doctor, Dr. Cordista.

I truly believe that my experience with having pain stimulators over the years have kept me off of pain medication. With a pain stimulator, one does not have to worry about becoming addicted from prescription pain medication. I tell my doctors not to give me pain medication. I only take inflammation medicine for arthritis. The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulator is my pain medication. It gets an A+ in my grade book!

About the author, Gloria Smith:

Gloria Smith has an Associate Arts degree from St. Petersburg College, and a B. A. degree from St. Leo University. She also took special studies at Emory University Theology School. Gloria has two sons, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. She lives with her husband, Joe, in Moultrie, Georgia.

Gloria has written several published articles, over the years, as well as five children’s books and one memoir book about her forty-year journey, in different Florida cities, with her minister husband, Joe. In the memoir, she mentions her back injury and the pain that she has experienced.


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