For the better part of the last seven years, Tracy Reinemann has lived with excruciating pain in her right foot. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even stand for five minutes,” she recalls.
Diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome in her lower extremities, Tracy tried nearly every possible treatment suggested to her, including medications, physical therapy, spinal cord stimulation and nerve block injections. “I’ve had hundreds of shots in my feet,” she says, noting that for a time, she was getting injections every six weeks. “Needless to say, needles don’t bother me,” she said.
Although some of these treatments provided temporary relief, the pain always returned. In a last-ditch attempt to avoid surgery to address her lower extremity pain, Dr. Daniel R. Kendall of National Spine & Pain Centers’ McLean, VA office, suggested Tracy consider participating in a ground-breaking trial for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation.
For Tracy, DRG therapy has given her a new lease on life. “It has made an unbelievable difference,” she says. “It worked so well I can go to the mall now and that is amazing.”
“Where others might have given up Dr. Kendall just kept working with me until he found the right solution. I even recall how he called to check on me after I had to reschedule an appointment. He was worried about me and wanted to see if I was ok. He is really caring. I would follow him to the end of the earth.”
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