Michelle’s Story

StimRouter for chronic ankle pain and CRPS

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StimRouter for chronic ankle pain and CRPS

During a family vacation in 2018, Michelle broke her ankle after jumping off a dock. The injury left her suffering for years with chronic pain. Multiple surgeries didn’t provide lasting relief; the pain only worsened and, ultimately, Michelle was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Michelle could not walk or bear to have anything touch her leg. Unable to enjoy time with family and friends, she experienced debilitating depression and anxiety. The pain became so extreme that she even traveled overseas in an unsuccessful search for effective treatment.

Losing hope, Michelle began to consider having her leg amputated. Then, pain medicine physician Mansoor Aman, MD, of Aurora Health Center, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, suggested one last possible solution.

With nothing to lose—and an amputation appointment scheduled—Michelle tried StimRouter. It proved to be the lifeline she had been searching for.

After the minimally invasive surgery to implant the StimRouter lead, Michelle regained control of her life. Today, she can go to the grocery store, cook dinner for her husband, play with her grandchildren, and walk her dogs. Her depression and anxiety have eased, as well.

“To me, it’s a miracle. There are no words to express the level of thankfulness and gratitude I have for what I’m experiencing today after having the StimRouter PNS procedure done.” — Michelle, StimRouter user

In hopes of inspiring others living with chronic pain, Michelle and Dr. Aman spoke with WFRV-TV 5 and WKOW 27 News about her experience with StimRouter. Watch the interviews here:

  • Watch the WFRV-TV 5 story here.
  • Watch the WKOW 27 News story here.