Center for Pain Relief Targets Narcotic Alternatives

Catherine_BrunschwylerA recent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail told the story of one of our patients who found relief for her chronic foot pain through treatment at the Center for Pain Relief.

The article, written by Lydia Nuzum, described how alternatives to narcotics have been our practice’s focus since we opened more than 20 years ago. It follows the story of Catherine Brunschwyler, who didn’t find lasting relief until Dr. Timothy Deer implanted a newly approved device called the Axium Neurostimulator System for dorsal root ganglion stimulation.

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An excerpt from the article quotes describes some of the details:

Just a few weeks ago, Brunschwyler tried something else — an implanted device called the Axium Neurostimulator System for dorsal root ganglion stimulation. The latest version of the device, approved by the FDA in February after seven years of study, targets specific areas of the dorsal root ganglion to treat localized nerve pain.

“I have half the pain I used to; it’s amazing,” Brunschwyler said. “I never have pain above a three or four (on the pain scale) now; it used to be an eight in the late afternoon and evening.”

There’s even a chance Brunschwyler could be weaned off her existing pain prescriptions, although she said Deer told her the procedure “wasn’t a failure” if she still needed some narcotics to fully control her pain.