What Are Real Patients Saying About The StimRouter System?

Below are videos and stories of real patients who want to share their StimRouter experience with others.

Chronic Pain Journeys Leading To StimRouter

A conversation between Felicia Hancock, Linda Thorp, and Dr. Fabienne Rottenberg and how their lives have been improved through pain management

In the United States, over 50 million people are living with chronic pain. For many, chronic pain can dramatically reduce people’s overall quality of life, affecting not only themselves, but their personal and professional relationships as well.

We recently captured an honest and unscripted conversation with three real women who were living with unmanageable chronic pain. Like many others in the country who can relate to losing control of their lives, their unique stories represent how difficult it can be to find an appropriate treatment plan, especially when it seems like all available options have been exhausted. These wonderful women were willing to share their journeys in hopes of helping others who are frustrated, discouraged and unsure where to turn next when it comes to finding pain relief.

  • Linda Thorp - Prior to her chronic pain, Linda was a very active person, but the foot pain she suffered from prevented her from doing the activities she loved. She went through various types of treatments with no success until she received the StimRouter, which gave her her life back.
  • Felicia Hancock - A retired police officer, Felicia was injured on the job during a motorcycle pursuit that ended in her breaking her wrist and suffering nerve damage. For months she tried different therapies, but nothing worked until she tried the StimRouter, and now she’s never looked back on her decision.
  • Dr. Fabienne Rottenberg - A private practice physician, Dr. Rottenberg became injured during a ski accident, resulting in nerve damage. She tried many different types of treatment options, including surgeries and medications, but nothing helped and her quality of life was deteriorating. It was a long journey, but when she received the StimRouter, she finally found a treatment that worked for her.

To learn more about these women’s journeys with chronic pain - from injury to a treatment that worked for them - and to hear how the StimRouter is making a difference in the lives of people across the country, listen to the full podcast below.

Chronic Pain Journeys

Meet Lucina.

"It was amazing. When the doctor turned it on, the pain went away and now all I feel is a slight tingling from my shoulder. Now I can move my arm, lift it, and do exercises with the help of my therapist and the pain is totally gone." Click here to download Lucina's story.

Meet Felicia.

"I knew it would do something and alleviate some of the pain. I didn't realize it would work as much and as fast as it has."


Meet Arielle.

"Once it was turned on, I stood up in my doctor's office and the pain was gone. I was standing barefoot in the office and it wasn't hurting anymore. And it was like a light bulb turned on. 'Oh my God, I don't have pain anymore' - something I waited 10 years to finally feel. It was incredible."

Meet Kaye.

"I was surprised as to how well the StimRouter worked. It was a life-saver. When you're an active person like I am and all of a sudden your body doesn't work and you're in constant pain, it's very tough. Now, I don't have pain anymore." Click here to download Kaye's story.

Meet Michael.

"I’m amazed at how much mobility has returned and I’m looking forward to seeing my family over the holidays to show them what I can do….they’re not going to believe it." Click here to download Michael's story.

Meet Nadege.

"I had pain in both my shoulders but we decided to try StimRouter for my left shoulder because the pain was really bad. Now I can move around and exercise my arm without any problem—I cannot complain. Before the procedure my pain was a 9 or 10 but now my pain has dropped perfectly." Click here to download Nadege's story.

Meet Lenore.

"I recommend StimRouter to everybody….are you kidding me? It saved my life. I didn’t want to get up anymore. It’s a horrible, horrible thing being an invalid. Now, I have a life again." Click here to download Lenore's story.

Meet Chris.

I had an accident at work 7 years ago and I could barely walk because I was in so much pain from the nerve and muscle damage. One day my doctor told me about StimRouter. I received my implant earlier this year in January and ever since then I’ve felt such a relief in my pain that now I can walk comfortably again. When my wife and I start a family, I’m happy to know I’ll be able to be more active with them. Click here to download Chris' story.

Meet Tina.

"My daily activities have changed dramatically since I started using the StimRouter— I can work outside in the yard, finish my housework, and not have to worry about pain. I can fall asleep at night easier because I’m not in pain. I have my life back and am 100% happy with StimRouter!" Click here to download Tina's story.

Meet Shirley.

"Before the Stimrouter, my leg was so bad and it was difficult to walk but after the Stimrouter I walked about two miles with my daughter and she said, ‘Mama, I’m so glad this works for you and now I’m going to need to work hard to keep up with you.’" Click here to download Shirley's story.

Meet Joe.

"I had my stroke 14 years ago and suffered from Post-Stroke Chronic Shoulder Pain. I tried anything to help with the pain. Before Stimrouter, I would say my pain went off the scale— above a ten 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 most." Click here to download Joe's story.

Additional Resources

A Novel Implantable Peripheral Nerve Stimulator for Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain

Recently presented clinical data (Porter McRoberts, MD of Holy Cross Hospital, North American Neuromodulation Society, 1/20/17) reported an average 70% pain reduction in Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain in seven patients implanted at four different clinical centers.

Meet Julie.

"StimRouter gave her a second wind; before this we were talking about amputation, really seriously debating it. It's a long road no matter what, but at least now there's a light at the end of the tunnel." Click here to download Julie's story.

Meet Walter.

"Before StimRouter I couldn't put my arm up over my head because the pain was too intense. Now I can get it over my head. I even noticed I have some carry over pain relief when I'm not wearing my StimRouter." Click here to download Walter's story.