The experience of being treated by Dr. Skaribas is best told by his patients. Jan Watters, an Acute Pain Nurse who needed help with her own chronic pain, tells her story in her own words.
Jan Watters’ CRPS Journey
I had a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in 2001 by a doctor who closed his practice soon after for health reasons. The doctor who took over his practice did a revision of the original stimulator, and it was not put in correctly.
I suffered for two years with a stimulator that didn’t work and had severe pain. I was desperate and I needed help, but you can’t just go go to the yellow pages and hope the pain doctor you select is competent. I really didn’t know what to do.
One of the medical reps I knew was aware I was struggling with my pain and told me ”Jan, I know this doctor that I met when I was working with ultrasounds in Houston and he is really good.” Completely frustrated with the pain doctor I was working with at the time, I made an appointment with Dr. Skaribas.
I had an extensive initial interview with Dr. Skaribas, he wanted to make sure that I wasn’t just looking for pain killers, I was looking for a solution.
Finally There’s Hope.
My original injury was in ’99, I had complex regional pain syndrome. My doctor at the time said, “it’s not very well known what to do. We can try meds, physical therapy, and as a last resort, we can try a stimulator. If it doesn’t work there’s nothing else for us to offer you.”
It was very frightening to me to think that if the stimulator didn’t work, I’d be without hope. I put off my original stimulator implant for two years because I couldn’t mentally get myself to a place where I might be without options.
When I went to see Dr. Skaribas that first visit, you could virtually see his mind at work. He was thinking constantly, and he would share his thought process with me. I felt hope again from that moment on. I knew Dr. Skaribas would never give up on me.
Dr. Skaribas did a spinal cord stimulator revision for me. I already had one lead from my previous procedure. He revised the whole system, and now I have two leads and a battery in my hip.
Eventually, the pain went to my foot and my toes, and the Spinal Cord Stimulator just doesn’t reach that far, so Dr. Skaribas added a DRG Stimulator for me. So now I have a spinal cord stimulator and a DRG Stimulator. I’m wired for sound!
Taking My Pain Personally
The first word that comes to my mind when I think of Dr. Skaribas is intelligence. He is so smart, and he’s so caring, and so concerned. If I’m having a bad pain day and I go in for an appointment, it really bothers him if I’m not getting proper relief for my pain. He wants to know what has changed? What’s going on? If the stimulator isn’t providing enough relief, let’s do something. He never leaves me without hope. There’s always something we can do.
Dr. Skaribas has changed my life. When this first happened. I was not functional. The simulator is what made me functional again. It took at least half the pain away and usually more than that. I’m able to continue my career as an Acute Pain Nurse which allows me with my history to be more understanding of the pain my patients are having. I’ve suffered from chronic pain for 20 years, but I’m able to enjoy my life because of Dr. Skaribas.
I’ve recommended family, friends and professional acquaintances to see Dr. Skaribas for their chronic pain. A co-worker of mine had to quit working because of her injuries. When I told Dr. Skaribas what she was going through, he said, “I can help her”, and he did. I sent her to see Dr. Skaribas and now she’s super functional and working again. She’s doing everything she couldn’t before.
If you’re living with chronic pain, don’t. Dr. Skaribas will listen to you and help you. And I promise, he will never give up on you.
Play the video above to hear Jan Watters talks about her experience with Dr. Skaribas.