By: Kerri Quintal, Attorney and Patient at Memorial Hospital Pain Center
“When I was 12 years old, I was riding my horse when he reared up in front of a flapping tarp, lost his balance and fell over backwards on top of me, crushing my spine. I was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. Since then, I’ve had numerous surgeries on my neck and back, including 3 major operations in a 3-week period. I have around 13 disks affected and I’ve had two fusions and some disks removed. The pain was excruciating.
“Thanks to The Center for Pain Management at Memorial, pain doesn’t keep me from doing the things that are important to me.”
At first, I assumed that all pain centers were the same, but I was wrong. Everybody thinks, oh you’ve got back pain, let’s give her pain medication. But I didn’t want to take pain medication. I’m a lawyer and I need to function to the best of my ability and keep my head clear. I love what I do and I didn’t want to give it up. Memorial understood that. My team there knew me. We figured it out – this is what we need to do and this works. They created a treatment plan that lets me do the things that are important to me. I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at and I’m comforted to know there is a team of people that will help take care of me.
I’m really proud of the care I receive now and that I’m able to pursue the things I’m passionate about. I believe that Memorial Hospital is exceptional. I have been to multiple hospitals and seen many doctors regarding my condition without any relief. The care I have received and still receive at The Center for Pain Management at Memorial is superior to any other hospital I have been to – whether large or small. I would not trade the team of professionals I have there.
I’d like to tell people who suffer from pain, that there are choices of treatments. I think a lot of people don’t know they have choices and that’s really important.”
The Center for Pain Management at Memorial Hospital treats patients with disorders of the neck, back and chest; those with extremity pain, sciatica, neuralgia, migraines and cancer; and those having pain after surgery. Treatments include spinal cord stimulation (SCS), epidural infusions, injection therapies, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), physical and occupational therapies among others. Through personalized treatment plans, the team at The Center for Pain Management helps patients deal with chronic pain.