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Special Report: The Pursuit of Relief

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - The technology has been around since the 60s, but it was only in the last few years that a procedure called spinal cord stimulation really took off.

If you have dealt with years of back pain, or pain in your extremities, this is an option some doctors in the Coastal Bend recommend, because in a lot of cases, it can help manage pain when there is almost no other remedy.

For Jack Seals, a Beeville family man, it's just the kind of treatment he's been looking for.

"If you get to having too much fun, it shuts you down, and you can't have that much fun anymore," Seals said.

He has tons of energy, but says he wears out quickly because of his back pain.

"I began working in the oil field when I was about 14, and the first time I hit my back was when I picked up a pole, and I remember hurting my back," Seals said. "The pain generally is centered right here in my lower back, and down this left leg, down on top of the leg and my right knee."

Over the years, Seals has had numerous surgeries to try and relieve his pain, but nothing has worked. He takes medication, but even that is not enough. Especially for someone who likes to be at the ranch.

"Chopping wood and that sort of thing. I cannot do that anymore. I would love to be able to do it," Seals said.

Dr. Michael Tschickardt said Seals is the right type of patient to try spinal cord stimulation, and that it's used for patients who have chronic nerve pain, shooting, burning pain in the extremeties and legs -- people who have tried several other options, and those options failed.

Seals is ready to give spinal cord stimulation a try. He's trying it out to see if it works for him.