Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy in the Elderly

By | May 30, 2012

Previously a very active woman, her pain had turned Diane into a virtual shut-in.

I would like to take a brief bake from our series on the Internet to report on the oldest patient yet to have a spinal cord stimulator trial (SCS) at Schlesinger Pain Centers. Diane (not her real name) is a 91-year-old woman with severe peripheral neuropathy affecting her lower legs and feet. Diane had previously been a very active with multiple family and social engagements per week, but over the past several months as the pain from the neuropathy became progressively more severe she had become a virtual shut in. Her physicians and tried a number of medications all without significant improvement, but with significant side effects. Her son-in-law, who happens to be a physician and a good friend called me up about 2 weeks ago and asked if I thought that spinal cord stimulation would help her. I told he that I thought that it would, but that we had never tried one on someone her age at Schlesinger Pain Centers. I told him that I had had good results with many patients in their late 70’s and early 80’s, but we would have to see how the trial went. I am please to report that the trial leads were placed yesterday and that Diane reported immediate complete relief of her pain. I told her to go home and to be as active as possible so that we could assess the true benefit of the device.

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