Device helps woman cope with diabetes

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – About 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionand as the prevalence of the disease increases, so does the number of people with diabetic neuropathy.

According to Mayo Clinic, diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur due to diabetes, particularly in the legs and feet. The damage causes pain, numbness, and neuropathy can also cause problems with the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels, and heart.

Anne Powe, 60, who lives in South Dakota, has lived with diabetic neuropathy for about eight years. She describes him as always having sharp needles in his feet that won’t let her walk or stand comfortably.

“You feel lazy and you can be tired all the time. Your feet are really killing you; they tell you to get diabetic shoes and stuff but that doesn’t help. I had to take meds and the meds didn’t help as well as I wanted,” Powe said. “The neuropathy in my feet was really bad, I felt like I had pins and needles in the bottom of my feet.”

After years of trying different medications, her doctor recommended a new treatment that promised to make the pain go away.

The treatment developed by Neuro has an 80% effectiveness rate in eliminating pain compared to the 30% offered by regular diabetic medications.

According to Dr. Lance Doeden, a physician at Rapid City Medical Center South, the Nervo device works by stimulating the spine. It sends energy through the spinal cord and prevents pain sensations from wherever you try to target from reaching the brain.

“Initially, the inhibitory nerves are more excited than excitatory nerves and therefore the difference in excitation between the nerves is what causes pain relief. So if you simulate inhibitory nerves, that tells the spinal cord to stop sending pain signals,” Doeden explained.

Powe, tired of dealing with her neuropathy, decided to try the treatment and got the HF10 device implanted to see if it would help her deal with the pain she had been going through. She said that after just a few weeks she started to see a significant difference. The pain that felt like sharp needles in her feet lessened and she said she felt like her life was back to normal.

“It’s easier to take a shower. It’s easier to walk. I can sit up now and my feet don’t get hot. I no longer have the pins and needles. So I feel a lot better,” Powe said. “It’s something I would recommend to anyone if they are facing the same issues I had with my neuropathy.”

She hopes that as her treatment continues, the pain she continues to have will also go away.

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