Kim: I had been receiving treatment for migraines
for probably about eight years, starting around when I was 12 years old. I really tried everything.
I’d been to lots of different doctors, even doctors out of state, doctors in different
cities. I had tried acupuncture, and massage therapy, and biofeedback, really any outlet
that they have. Finally, the headaches had gotten to the point where I had to leave school
and really they were controlling my life. Speaker 2: Her headaches were under excellent
control until she went to college the first year, then went out of control. She was hospitalized.
They couldn’t stop it. Kim had to withdraw from college, come back, and it reached the
point that, for the most part, Kim was having trouble even leaving her house to go out to
lunch with her parents. Kim: Here I was 20 years old, not able to
work, not able to attend class and go to school. I finally realized maybe there is an end to
this. Maybe there’s a solution and maybe I can have this problem, but live my life the
way I want to and actually have control over it.
Speaker 2: The unique expertise that we have here and what we’ve developed is a procedure
using an implanted neurostimulator for control of severe migraine headaches. A neurostimulator
is an implanted unit. You could think about it like a small pacemaker for the heart and
it’s meant to stop pain. Everybody says that we put this in, it doesn’t look little, but
it really is small. Once it heals up, you can’t see it under the skin at all.
Kim: I remember waking up with tears in my eyes because the pain was finally gone. I
just knew that this neurostimulator was actually working. He’s a really great doctor. He’s
really caring and he’ll be honest with you whether this is the right avenue or not. He’s
really there to help the patients. If he thinks that this neurostimulator can help them, then
he’ll tell you. If he thinks you need to try this other avenue first, he will. He really
is about helping a patient and getting the patient healthy. I recommend him to anyone
that had migraines or chronic pain like I did.