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SPRINT PNS for nerve pain

Janet

“I would absolutely recommend SPRINT PNS.”

Before SPRINT

Janet Jonas teaches 3rd grade in Monroe, NC. She loves her job, but it’s been challenging for the last couple years due to chronic and severe pain from CRPS or chronic regional pain syndrome. CRPS is a condition most often affecting one limb usually after an injury, believed to be caused by damage to or malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous system.

Janet’s CRPS began after a freak accident in Vermont in February of 2018. She was with her siblings, goofing around in snow, when her leg fell through the snow and ice and got stuck. She didn’t realize it then, but she had torn her ACL and meniscus. After two weeks of pain, she saw a doctor and was diagnosed with CRPS. She was on crutches, and for a year did physical therapy which helped her regain some mobility. But it was still limited, and the pain continued.

She had reconstructive surgery on her ACL. That’s when the pain spread from her hip to her toe. Janet was prescribed Percocet. She received nerve blocks every 2 weeks—which helped, but the relief usually wore off before the next one.

The picture with me and my daughter actually shows me wearing the SPRINT remote around my neck, which allowed me to travel to Nevada to see her.

“It’s hard to be your best and smile when you’re in such pain.” The pain took a toll on Janet, and her school principal was concerned about her. While many parents of her students were supportive and understanding, Janet needed to get relief from the pain as it was limiting her movement and affecting her mental health. Her physician, Dr. Gingerich, suggested SPRINT PNS “at the perfect time.”

After SPRINT

So, she researched SPRINT PNS and was glad to see it did not involve surgery. Janet indicated that her physician and the SPR Therapeutics team explained everything thoroughly in advance so there were no surprises and SPRINT was simple to use. Her daughter, who is a nursing student, helped her the first couple of days and then she was on her own.

“I felt a difference immediately. It was amazing.” Since having the SPRINT removed after the 60-day treatment period, Janet has a greater range of motion and improved gait. The hardest thing about CRPS was not being able to exercise. Now, post treatment with SPRINT, Janet is back to working out a couple times a week. And she’s excited to get back to hiking, biking and strength training.

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SPRINT PNS for nerve pain

Diane

Mom of Kim, SPRINT PNS for post-stroke pain

SPRINT helped reduce my pain.

Before SPRINT

Diane Seymour experienced a severe case of shingles in July of 2018, resulting in nerve damage and severe pain. The next 10 months for her and her family were stressful and challenging. Her husband had open heart surgery in January of 2019 and a few months later, her daughter, Kim, suffered a stroke at the age of 50.  

Diane received spinal injections initially, which helped somewhat, but the pain always returned. She was given increasing doses of Lyrica, getting up to a high daily dose, to no avail. Even oxycodone was ineffective in relieving the pain. The severe and constant pain under her left breast from her spine to sternum was unrelenting. At its most severe, she sometimes could barely move.  

After SPRINT

That’s when she went to see Dr. Hoppenfeld, who recommended SPRINT PNS. In August of 2019, more than a year after having shingles that caused the severe pain, Diane was implanted with the SPRINT System. “I started getting relief from the pain almost immediately after the SPRINT System was placed by my physician,” she explains.  

“The constant pain limited me. I needed to feel well to be there for my family. And SPRINT helped reduce my pain.” Now more than six months from completing the 60-day treatment with SPRINT, Diane has very little pain and she no longer takes Lyrica.

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