The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Pain Rehabilitation Center Offers Freedom From Debilitating Symptoms

    Carolyn Judson repeatedly tried to no avail to get to the bottom of the episodes of shaking, sensitivity to touch and other mysterious symptoms that drastically affected her quality of life. Then she came to Mayo Clinic where she was referred to a three-week program that she says gave her her life back. Carolyn Judson [...]

  2. Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free

    Doris Jessesski tried a host of treatments to ease her chronic back pain, but nothing worked. Then a Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine specialist recommended a new type of spinal cord stimulator. That did the trick. Today, Doris' debilitating back pain is gone. When Doris Jessesski had spine surgery in 2004 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, [...]

  3. Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain

    A snowmobile accident left Blake Sunde with limited use of his right arm and triggered severe, chronic pain that lasted for years. But two years ago, a new treatment option changed everything and restored the quality of life Blake had been missing for so long. When Blake Sunde collided head-on with a snowmobile in 2003, [...]

  4. Defeating Foot Pain With Neurostimulation

    Unrelenting foot pain dictated Valerie Nicolaison's life for years. It eventually took away her ability to drive, cook, walk and stand. In 2018, however, Valerie's pain met its match when she received a device that stops pain signals in their tracks.   There was a time in her life that Valerie Nicolaison didn't think she would [...]

  5. Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation

    Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he'd been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic. Ron Schlicht lived with the effects of meralgia paresthetica for years. "Depending on the day, [...]

  6. Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

    For years, the chronic pain of Crohn's disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again. Breanne Spence, typically an active teen, tried valiantly to keep up with her high school friends who were [...]

  7. Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health

    After years of chronic back pain, Guy Gottschalk was not optimistic that he would ever find relief. But a visit to Mayo Clinic not only significantly reduced his pain, it gave him the motivation to make important lifestyle changes that dramatically improved his health. When he had his first appointment in Mayo Clinic's Division of [...]

  8. An Active Life Restored, Thanks to Regenerative Medicine

    For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he'd always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain. A typical weekend for Rick [...]

  9. Putting Pain in the Past

    For years, Jerry Grant endured debilitating leg and foot pain as the result of a severe spinal injury. When he turned to Mayo Clinic in 2017 for help, he was offered a new pain management device. It made all the difference. Today, Jerry is enjoying a life that's no longer dominated by pain. When pilot [...]

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