Abby Poulter was an athletic child who enjoyed being competitive in gymnastics until one day, she sprained her ankle which triggered a life of pain. The pain was all over. It felt like her body was on fire all day, every day. She constantly felt pin and needle pain shooting down her limbs and she was very weak. Her feet would sometimes even turn purple. She could not use blankets or put on shoes or socks because the pain was too excruciating. Referred to Dr. Giancarlo Barolat, neurosurgeon at Barolat Neuroscience at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Abby discovered she had a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Dr. Barolat implanted a spinal cord stimulator in her at 19-years-of-age and when her condition spread to her arms years later, he implanted a second electrode and plugged it into the same battery. Abby is now pain-free and back to living and loving life.
Since she was 12, Jessica suffered excruciating back pain resulting from a dog park accident. Multiple surgeries caused her pancreas to attack itself and become pre-cancerous. Four days after her surgery with Dr. Barolat, she ran a 7K.
Jayme struggled with foot pain, bunions and hammer toes her entire life. When the pain became unbearable and she couldn't walk, she saw Dr. Barolat for a spinal cord stimulator implant. Now she's pain-free and pill-free.
By age 22, competitive athlete Meghan felt horrific pain constantly for eight years. Then she met Dr. Giancarlo Barolat and he implanted a neurotransmitter to help her control the pain instead of the pain controlling her.