Old 05-11-19, 08:30 AM
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Treatment of Post Herpetic Neuralgia by Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

As mentioned in the Shingles thread, my wife has had extremely painful Post-Herpetic-Neuralgia for 13 years, following a bout of Shingles. I am sharing this info with the hope that anyone else suffering the same way could benefit from this knowledge. Every other modality failed to help the pain. We tried EVERYTHING.

After a trial, she recently underwent an implantation in the pain area of her back of electrodes and the placement of a sending/battery unit in her buttocks area. She can recharge the battery by induction and controls the frequency and intensity of the electrical impulses through an external remote control. For the first time in 13 year she is mostly pain free.

This is NOT a spinal stimulator, but a peripheral nerve stimulator, avoiding the dangers inherent in spinal implantation of a device. It is expensive - the whole procedure including the trial is about $60,000, and may or may not be covered by insurance/medicare. In our case, it was not supposed to be covered, but, amazingly, almost all of it was covered.

Very few neurosurgeons know how to do this properly. Dr. Barolat, of Barolat Neurosciences in Denver, did her procedure. He has done 100's of these successfully. Other chronic pain syndromes may also be a candidate for this treatment.

Please pass this on to anyone who may also be suffering PHN.

And, get your Shingles shot - they were not available when she had her Shingles.

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