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  • An injured soldier with severe chronic pain finally gets his life back

  • Race Against Pain is the community for chronic pain sufferers.

    Our mission is to help patients & caregivers find resources and information and develop a team of hope.

  • Race Against Pain is the community for chronic pain sufferers.

    Our mission is to help patients & caregivers find resources and information and develop a team of hope.

Justin Minyard — a 33-year old U.S. Army First Sergeant — was forced to retire early due to debilitating chronic pain. He first developed back pain as a result of being a first responder at the 9-11 Pentagon attacks when moving huge pieces of rubble and concrete to help find others, which caused a severe back injury. To make matters worse, he fell 20 meters during a combat mission — further compounding his injuries. After this, Justin struggled for years with serious chronic pain and developed a dependence on the opiate pain meds that were provided as treatment.

Finally, when Justin was offered the opportunity for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), he jumped at the opportunity.

"Being able to test drive the product first — meaning having a temporary device put in to see how well it worked for me — was incredibly appealing after all I had been through," says Justin. "When they first turned the device on, I thought — Test drive over! Let's just go back upstairs and put the implanted system in!" Three weeks later, he did. And after years of opiate dependence and searching for ways to overcome his pain, Justin has found lasting relief.

Justin says, "Being able to manage my pain has allowed me to serve as the founder of Operation Shifting Gears, a non-profit dedicated to serving injured or disabled veterans, and serve as spokesperson for, a community of chronic pain sufferers. I take it upon myself to personally encourage veterans and others suffering from chronic pain to explore options outside of opiate pain relief, such as Spinal Cord Stimulation."

Note: Individual results may vary. Consult with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for SCS therapy.

Everyone has their own race against pain story — what's yours?


Justin's Race Events

Justin's chronic pain journey and recovery inspired him to race against pain and become a competitive cyclist. He regularly races in long distance, endurance cycling events nationwide in an effort to empower others who struggle with chronic pain.

  • 9 Nov 2013

    Ride 2 Recovery
    Honor Ride

    Las Vegas, NV

  • 17 Nov 2013

    Horrible Hundred 2013

    Clermont, FL

  • 6 Apr 2014

    San Diego Gran Fondo

    San Diego, CA

  • 17-19 Apr 2014

    Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • 18 May 2014

    Campagnolo Gran Fondo

    New York, NY

  • 7 Sep 2014

    Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour

    Saint Paul, MN

  • 21 Sep 2014

    Boston Hub On Wheels

    Boston, MA

  • 28 Sep 2014

    Gran Fondo Italia Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills, CA

  • 19 Oct 2014

    Gran Fondo Italia Atlanta-Roswell

    Roswell, GA

  • 9 Nov 2014

    Gran Fondo Italia Miami-Coral Gables

    Miami, FL

Professional Cycling Event Helps Raise Awareness of Spinal Cord Stimulation as an Alternative Treatment Option for Chronic Pain Patients.

On April 17-19, 2014, professional cyclists and cycling fans from around the world traveled to downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the 2nd Annual Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. This elite cycling event is one of only nine National Racing Calendar professional road bike races in the country.

For the second year in a row, the "Race Against Pain" team participated in this prestigious event in hopes of driving awareness about spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as a treatment option for chronic pain patients. A key team member was Sergeant 1st Class Justin Minyard, who suffered from severe chronic pain for years before finding relief with SCS – a procedure which dramatically improved his life.

Thanks to SCS, Justin is now an avid cyclist who participates in races across the country as part of his own "Race Against Pain."

His mission is to inspire others who are living with chronic pain to seek alternative treatment options such as SCS. During his stop in Winston-Salem, Justin was interviewed by Winston-Salem media and featured on the local NBC station, reaching an estimated 346,000 viewers in the area. During his interviews, Justin said he hopes that if he can show people with chronic pain how far he has come, then they will see that a full life is possible for them, too.

As a title sponsor of the event, was prominently featured at the start and finish line, as well as throughout the race course. The Race Against Pain team is proud to have been a part of such an amazing event and looks forward to next year's race!

For more information, please visit the official website of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.

Note: Each patient may experience different results in terms of their ability to manage pain, treatment plans and activities. If you receive an SCS trial system or implanted system, please consult with a physician regarding activities that are appropriate for you.

Photography: Matt Brown |


Read inspiring real stories of other people's race against pain. It all goes back to hope, inner strength, and joining together to find support in others. Just click on the photos to read each hero's story.

If others like you can do it, you can too! If you would like to share your own story to inspire others, or nominate someone you are inspired by to share their story, simply register to set up your page — it's free (see Terms of Use).

Everyone has their own race against pain story — what's yours?


Join The Community

Find knowledge, support, and strength in our community. You can connect with others, find out what's working for them, feel inspired, and share your opinions about topics that are important to you. No one knows more about pain than those who have lived with it. Our community allows you to reach out to those who understand what you are going through. You are not alone.

We have 4 categories within our forum:


A good place to start. Introduce yourself and ask general questions.

Health & pain

Whatever the reason behind your pain, this is the place to talk about your experience.


Ask questions or share your experience about surgical procedures and experiences.

Life & chronic pain

Discuss how pain impacts your life, activities and relationships inside and outside your home.


People have certainly come up with some interesting techniques for pain management throughout the ages — from mustard to coal tar to electric eels. Take a tour below for a whimsical glimpse at what our ancestors used in an attempt to find pain relief all the way from prehistoric times to where we are today, with leading edge technological advances in pain management.

  • Prehistory

    Onions for Pain

    Ancient people used onions to ease the pain. Raw onion has enzymes and sulfur which, when rubbed on the skin, reduce inflammation and pain.

  • 3500 B.C.

    Simply Shocking

    Ancient Egyptians—and ancient Greeks, too—would take electric eels and lay them over the wounds of patients to relieve pain.

  • 3000 B.C.

    Aspirin Grows On Trees

    Ancient Egyptians used willow bark and leaf powder for the relief of pain. Its active ingredient, salicylic acid, is the modern equivalent of aspirin.

  • 400 B.C.

    A Swig a Day

    Hippocrates, Father of Modern Medicine, advised drinking apple cider vinegar for arthritis pain. Tart, tangy, and good for what ails you.

  • 1804

    Morphine Arrives, an Industry is Born

    Friedrich Serturner isolated the active ingredient in opium, naming it Morphine, after Morpheus, Greek god of dreams, and subsequently kicking off the entire modern pharmaceutical industry.

  • 1885

    Magnets & Mustard

    Magnet belts and mustard plasters on skin were popular pain remedies. Mustard was painful, working on the principle of counter-stimulation, i.e. one pains cancels another. Magnetic belts are still being sold today.

  • 1897

    Almost By Accident

    A worm treatment error leads to accidental discovery of coal tar as a fever-reducer, eventually leading to discovery of coal-tar derived salicylic acid, and later, aspirin at Bayer in 1897.

  • 1940s

    Gin, Raisins and
    Arthritis Pain

    This popular, mid-century remedy calls for soaking raisins in gin, then eating nine of them every day for relief of joint pain. Come to find out, raisins contain resveratrol — an anti-inflammatory — that is concentrated by the gin.

  • 1970

    Mellow Out

    Supported by growing evidence of the mind-body connection in chronic pain relief, doctors began to endorse the use of psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and alternative therapies as treatment.

  • Present

    Spinal Cord Stimulation

    Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) delivers mild electrical stimulation directly to the spinal column. For many patients, SCS helps manage chronic and often debilitating pain. After decades of refinement, SCS technology has advanced greatly, bringing the ability to manage pain to over 400,000 people around the world.

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Boston Scientific is a leader in the field of Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy (SCS) and is dedicated to helping patients manage pain. If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain and looking for a solution, head over to to learn more about SCS and find out if a Precision™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System may be the right choice.

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Mike Roman

Michael Roman will always be lovingly remembered for inspiring so many who suffer from chronic pain. He toured the country sharing about his battle against chronic pain — urging others to never give up. Through determination and a positive outlook, Michael lived his life to the fullest, while also giving hope and strength to countless people who faced seemingly insurmountable situations. Michael will be missed, but his positive influence lives on.

At Race Against Pain, our mission is to bring help, hope, and heroes into your life — so you and your loved ones can win your race against the debilitating effects of severe chronic pain.

We're here to help you get back to living your life, and to help you achieve your dreams — whatever those dreams may be.

Everyone has his or her own race against pain. For most, it's a race to find answers, information, people to talk to, and heroes who can help — and to get back what pain has stolen.

Who We Are

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Our products and technologies are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health, and chronic pain conditions.

Sara W.

Absolutely amazing. After getting the trial, the first thing we did was take a walk...

Sara W., Chronic Pain

Sara W.

I can do a lot of things, like tend to my orchids, go to the gym, and go dancing...

Dick B., Low Back Pain