For Jim and Linda Kramer, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on May 16 was extra special. They had something more than their anniversary to celebrate. Jim just returned from a visit to Mayo Clinic and all his cancer is in remission. 
In 2009, Jim was diagnosed with stage II multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells). He went through a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy, which helped treat his cancer but left him with a lot of lower back pain. Jim’s doctor prescribed oral medication and a medicated salve, but it wasn’t enough to subside the pain. So, his doctor referred Jim to Dr. Gary Johnson  and The Clinics of St. Alexius – Pain Clinic .
Jim says of the Pain Clinic, “The nurses and Lori Klabunde (physician assistant) have been very professional, very friendly. They treat me like I am the only one (they see). I would highly recommend them to anyone. And, Gary Johnson is a great physician and has a great sense of humor.”
In December 2011, after several visits with the Pain Clinic staff, Jim had a pain pump implanted. Jim says the pump has taken care of a lot of the pain – which is still there, but is reduced to a manageable level. He says the staff understood the importance of controlling his pain so that he could function, rather than over-medicating to be pain free. “They really focus on managing the pain,” Jim says. “They individualize the care.”
Now that his pain is under control, Jim can get back to enjoying life and his time with his wife. “I never would have made it without my wife Linda. She was a great support through all my cancer treatment,” he says.
For more information about The Clinics of St. Alexius – Pain Clinic  or to schedule an appointment, call 530-3105 or (800) 422-0801.