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Superior Cluneal Nerve Entrapment - Abby's Story

Abby was a busy mom slowed down by constant, aching low back pain. Doctors were mystified because her spine MRIs were normal. After trying and failing many treatments she found Dr. Demetrio Aguila, a pain focused peripheral nerve surgeon. Dr. Aguila diagnosed her with superior cluneal nerve entrapment and relieved her pain in one outpatient procedure. I am Abby Rasmussen from Exira, Iowa. I had been experiencing back pain that would radiate to my side. I've got six kids and a very active lifestyle. My day would depend on my pain. I would always have an ice pack and pain pill with me even though the pill never really took away the pain. My kids would ask me hey Mom you want to go shoot hoops or you want to go for a bike ride, or you want to go play catch or things like that and I would have to tell them no I'm like sorry mom's back hurts. I saw dozens of doctors and surgeons, but no one could quite put their finger on it. I felt very defeated. Then I searched online and found Dr. Demetrio Aguila, a pain-focused peripheral nerve surgeon. He found out where the pain was coming from, felt very confident in what the problem was and that he could fix it through surgery. I was like yep, sign me up. In the operating room, Dr. Aguila removed her superior cluneal nerves. Superior cluneal nerves are nerves that run alongside the spine. When they are entrapped, it can cause low back pain. It was quick and easy, and I've had a good recovery so far. It has been a blessing to not have to worry about oh did I need to go grab pain or I need to be able to lay down before I do an activity I can just live life and enjoy it with my kids and my family and not have to worry about that anymore. To Dr. Aguila, thank you for doing what you do, thank you for being on that cutting edge and keep pushing the envelope and spreading the news that people don't have to live with that pain.



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