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My Spinal Cord Stimulator Experience - In the Beginning

I was twenty-one years-old when my first herniation ocurred. I still remember that pain as if it was yesterday. To say it took me by surprise is an understatement. I have lived with pain every single day since that fateful day - many kinds of pain - and I can honestly say that there is no pain like nerve pain. It is truly unique in its nature. Anyone who experiences nerve pain knows exactly what I'm speaking of. Due to not having insurance, I was not treated the first time until I was twenty-four years-old. By then I had permanent nerve damage in my lower left leg from the nerve having been compressed for so long. I was so angry and frustrated when I heard that. The good old medical system had let me down yet again. When I was twenty-four, I was living in Montana and a wonderful Neurosurgeon donated an MRI and a consultation to me. He then donated a microdiscectomy at the L5/S1 level as well. That was my first surgery. At the time it DID stop the main nerve pain in my left leg. It…