Meet others who are...Living beyond the pain
|Click on the video to view a 3-minute summary of Michele Brown's success story in overcoming chronic pelvic pain.|
|Click on the image to view a 10-minute video describing how Michele Brown overcame years of debilitating pelvic pain with the use of PainShield MD.|
Michele Brown, 45
Mother of two, technical writer
Michele endured unbearable pain for over 15 years during which time she suffered many bowel obstructions due to adhesions and underwent 13 abdominal surgeries, including hysterectomy. Michelle was also diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Using PainShield MD, Michele was able to reduce her painful constipation (from one movement every two weeks to one every day) as well as pain during bowel movement. The number of times she urinated daily was reduced from 70 to 15, with much fewer painful urination episodes. Michele's overall pelvic pain was reduced, as well as her use of pain [opioids] and nausea medications, which was costing her several hundreds of dollars a month in out-of pocket costs. Because Michele is in less pain, she sleeps much better and can be more active which has allowed her to lose 36 lbs since using PainShield MD.
Michele says, “I feel so much better. I've got so much more energy. I haven’t felt this good in 15 years.”
|Tami Ellis, 38|
Nanny to two young children
Tami has suffered with urinary issues since she was a child and can remember from the age of 13 frequent episodes of bladder pain and urinary tract infections (UTIs). After seeing five urologists, she was finally diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 26. Tami suffers from "Flare-Ups" every 3 to 18 months, which she describes as unrelenting sharp and burning pain, as if razor blades were cutting into her bladder. During the few days to six weeks of a flare-up, all Tami wants to do is curl up in a ball.
Now, when Tami senses the beginning of a flare-up, she places the PainShield MD over her sacral bone and within about 30 minutes, the flare-up starts to subside. PainShield has reduced the number and intensity of flare-ups, as well as the pain on urination. Tami does not feel the need to take a trip to the doctor for a UTI test, which overall would cost about $300, nor does she need to increase her dose of Urelle or use Percocet, thereby reducing her medication expense.
Tami remarks, “I have my life back during flare-ups.”
Elizabeth Jablonski, 46
Oil field tools buyer
Elizabeth has been in pain for over 30 years. She has pelvic adhesive disease and was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age 30. Elizabeth has had eight major surgeries, including a hysterectomy, colectomy and an ileostomy.
Elizabeth says, "The device put some light in the darkest time of my life. The PainShield reduced my pain up to 80% at times. With no way to describe to someone who does not suffer from extreme chronic pain, all I can honestly say is that PainShield is nothing short of a miracle. It has reduced my bowel pain, my pelvic pain and my bladder pain. I can live my life now. My husband is also pleased because it has significantly reduced my sexual pain, and I can be a normal woman. I have reduced the amount and cost of my pain medications, and my pain is reduced drastically so that I am able once again to sleep through a full night.
Intestinal blockages are my number one battle, and PainShield causes my intestinal system to function with an even steady movement as much as possible, which reduces my pain and the need for me to take pain medications that would make my intestinal function worse."
Tracy J, 49
IT project manager
Tracy has been an endometriosis patient for over 30 years, and has had more than 15 surgeries for adhesions and endometriosis, including a hysterectomy. She has also been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Tracy notes, “When my SI joint gets bad, usually every day, I just can't move without excruciating pain. PainShield MD makes this pain hardly noticeable. I can get on with my day and move around without taking acetaminophen, ibuprofen or anything stronger such as opioids. PainShield also helped with reducing overall pelvic pain from years of adhesions and endometriosis surgeries so that I barely notice it is there.”
Helen A, 47
Bookkeeper, mother of one
Helen writes: "I have been suffering with SIJD (sacroiliac joint dysfunction) and biceps tendinitis for about two years now. I got the PainShield in November (2012) and it has helped a lot in getting muscles to stop spasming and reducing the pain. I mostly placed on my buttocks on whatever muscle was spasming the most. I now mostly place it all around my shoulder to help stop those muscles from spasming. It is a relief to have something passive that helps and something I can wear out of the house. I hardly ever need to place it on my buttocks anymore. I ended up purchasing two units since I have so many problem areas.
I also placed it on areas that I recently had prolozone injections in (injections to tighten ligaments) as deep heat helps in the healing process of lax ligaments.
I believe the PainShield device has helped me get to a point where I can successfully do the physical therapy exercises I need to do to strengthen the appropriate muscles. I can now sit which enables me to get out of the house and is helping me get my social life back.
I think this is a tool that anyone who has muscle spasms or is undergoing either prolotherapy or prolozone could benefit from."
Kathy Smith (pseudonym), 36
Teacher (retired due to disability), Missouri
Kathy has had pelvic pain for about 18 years including: bladder pain, dysuria (pain with urination), dyspareunia (pain with intercourse) pelvic floor and joint dysfunction, pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, vaginal pain due to nerve damage and nerve damage in the left leg and peripheral pain in both legs and feet. Kathy notes:
I place my Painshield MD on my sacrum as soon as I wake in the morning and wear it the full 6 hours. Before PainShield MD within 1 minute of standing up a painful burning sensation would flare in my lower back, pelvis and thighs. I started using the PainShield MD two months ago, and my morning flare up is taking longer and longer to happen. Currently, about 1 hour passes before the burning begins. I have less pain with: intercourse, urination, bowel movements, standing and walking. As a result of using the PainShield MD I can now sleep better, enjoy intercourse more often and frequency and urgency with urination is minimized so I may focus on my life without running to the restroom every hour. I am also taking 15mg LESS of Oxycodone daily so less opioids are in my system.
After charging my Painshield MD I place it back on my sacrum for another 6 hours starting in the evening. Since the Painshield MD is thin, I’m able to wear it under my clothing. Painshield MD may be used on many parts of the body and is even safe to use on the face for TMJ symptoms. This is important because many with chronic pelvic pain also have TMJ pain, including myself.
Dr. David Wiseman, is extremely helpful so don’t be shy about calling or emailing him with questions and concerns."
Continues Kathy: “So excited to share my portable, ultrasound therapy patch that has helped so much with my pelvic pain…. Your ultrasound unit is AMAZING! I wear it daily and recommend it to everyone I see. Thanks for your dedication.
Diana (pseudonym), 57
Knitter, Writer, Dog Walker, Illinois
|“I have been using PainShield MD device for two months and am happy to report that I have experienced a marked reduction in pain during treatment and a slight overall reduction in pain while not using the device and that relief is increasing with time. I place the device as close to the point of pain, as the instructions state, (for me – lower right quadrant of abdomen) or on the small of my back for general relaxation and to relieve stress from the day.|
A few of my Doctors have suggested that I have nerve trapped in scar tissue from one of the many surgeries that I have had, I have a large scar across my lower abdomen and the (previously) unremitting pain has been centered on one side of that scar for many, many years. I have also experienced pain in my abdomen with bloating and difficulty digesting because of adhesions pulling intestines and kinking the sigmoid colon, in particular, and general malaise and fatigue from coping with pain, pain, pain, 24/7 for so long. I had endometriosis and multiple surgeries to reduce/remove endometrial sites and adhesions. I am now menopausal and no longer suffer from the disease, but have had chronic pain from the adhesions for 30 years. I have used pain medication in the past, but find that it doesn’t work well for me and don’t like the deteriorating side effects, so I have chosen to use other methods for pain management. (Rest, meditation, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Naprapathy, Homeopathy, massage, nutrition)
After about a month of treatment with the PainShield MD, I purchased a second unit so that I could have continuous treatment as I found myself spending too much time deciding whether to have relief during the day or while I slept. I am sleeping better than I have in years! I used to average 4 ½ hours a night of sleep, and now I average 7 – 8 hours! That in itself is amazing. It is wonderful to be able to stay asleep and not have pain jolt me awake. I have more energy during the day and find that I can concentrate on things better now that my mind is not so busy dealing with constant pain. I have saved money on modalities that my insurance does not cover that help maintain my health by using the PainShield MD© device and don’t need the others as often. I would recommend this product to anyone who is suffering from chronic pelvic adhesive pain and is looking for relief that has no negative side effects and is cost effective compared to other treatments.”
Ann, 51, Georgia, USA
I am a 51 year old female who has being dealing with my adhesions for over 20 years. I think it important that anyone looking into the PainShield MD know what kind of symptoms I have so they may be able to relate, or not….My “condition” is due to genetics and too many GYN surgeries. When I had my hysterectomy my intestines fell into my pelvic cavity which isn’t rare but my intestines then stuck to themselves and my pelvic and abdominal walls. After years of doctors I was properly diagnosed and have had three surgeries necessary to remove the adhesions, the first time because I could no longer eat solid foods-you don’t want details, the second time was due to a total bowel obstruction followed with a bowel resection and the third due to extreme weight loss and my electrolytes were terribly off and all diagnostic test showed nothing wrong. When the surgeon got in I had extreme and dense adhesions: pelvic and abdominal.
Since my last surgery in 2009 I have been on multiple medications such as Neurontin and Ultram but nothing stronger due to poor GI motility. I do have pelvic and abdominal chronic pain and had to deal with constipation every day of my life but not anymore. It was a revelation to me after three days of using the PainShield MD I realized I was getting up every morning and having a bowel movement ! That may not sound like much to some but it was a first for me in twenty years!
During the first two weeks or so of use I had a lot of “tugging and pulling” internally but I assume that was my intestines trying to function “normally”, most of that sensation has gone. This change in bowel habits alleviated some of the pain in my pelvic cavity. I have been using the Pain Shield MD for about 6 weeks and I believe I have found a regime that works for me in reducing some more of the pain and am going to try reducing my Ultram slowly with my Doctor’s knowledge and consent,and see how far I can get. I “experimented” with the use of the PainShield MD regarding location, duration and association with meals and it took some time but I think I have found the best method for me. Unfortunately I have found the PainShieldMD only effective while on but hope for some residual relief if my intestines can learn to work more properly. I found using the adhesive patch a bit cumbersome and prefer to affix it with sports tape instead, allowing me to move the patch around more easily.
If someone asked me if they should give PainShield MD a try due to years of chronic pain remotely similar to mine I would say yes, I couldn’t imagine not giving something a try that may give relief; regret is a terrible thing. Ann / Georgia, USA
KevMed notes: Thank you Ann for your feedback. Your suggestions for improvement are very important to us. Regarding the adhesive, we now have available the same patches without adhesive which, by using medical tape (for example the paper kind) you will be able to apply and find it much easier to move into different positions, as well as secure to your satisfaction. Because there is no adhesive to get "gooey", the effective patch life is likely to be longer. The other piece of good news is that these patches cost $2 less. We are also working on a new kind of adhesive. (07/10/13)
Dawn, Aurora CO
49 year mother of four, grandmother of
four (at the moment)
Insurance salesperson, retired due to disability
This is me and my grandson at the Rockies game. A good day.
KevMed notes: This special photo really exemplifies our ideal of "Living beyond the pain."
|I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my PainShield. I have been meaning to write this note for a few months but have gotten so busy with living my life that I have not had the time. Just being able to say those words is a miracle.|
I have suffered for over ten years with pain related to adhesions likely caused by a burst appendix, operations for ovarian cysts, gall bladder removal, bladder prolapse surgery and hysterectomy. I have had to deal with bladder pain, pelvic pain and lower back pain (probably due to the adhesions wrapped around my kidneys). I have been dealing with this pain for around 14 years and finally got the diagnosis of adhesions 10 years ago.
Before I received my miracle machine, I spent the majority of my day lying down. I have had my PainShield MD since December 2012 and usually place it on my lower abdomen. I move it around based upon where the pain is located. I really like the flexibility of being able to place it where I need it most.
The past month I have been able to join my husband while he works. He is a land surveyor and spends quite a bit of time outside. It is a very physical job and while I can in no way do the things he does, I am able to walk around job sites without stopping to take breaks (from pain), or take medication every 2 hours, or even quit after a short period of time. This is what I have had to do in the past so this is such a treat for me.
I have missed being able to do things for my family. They are wonderful and have made concessions so that I will not have to do the day to day things in our home. They assure me that they do not feel the way I do, but I fell like I am letting everyone down. Only someone who has been unable to work understands how awesome it is to be able to actually contribute to your family. Since I have been dealing with this disease for over 10 years now, I have resigned myself to the fact that there simply are things I will never be able to do again. Luckily, because of this machine, I have been able to change this statement. While there are still limitations to my abilities, I have added a few basic items to my list of abilities.
Here are a few of the things I have been able to add back into my life:
- sleeping: wow, I can sleep more than 2 hours at a time. I have actually made it 6 - hours a few times.
- walking: I can now walk for a few hours out on a job site. Not fast, but I can do it.
- cooking: So long as it is not a huge meal taking a long time, it has been fun.
- stand up straight: you just never know how awesome that is until it is gone.
- riding in a car: I can now ride to visit family. I pay for it but it can be done, plus less bathroom stops which thrills my husband.
- play with grandkids: I was able to take my 4 year old grandson to the park and hold his hand and catch him from the slide.
This is just a short list of the things I have gotten back. I wish I could tell you that I am no longer having to take my medication to get through the day, but I still need it. The good news is that I there are actually days when I need it less. I am on narcotics and as you know, the stigma associated with them is not a pleasant consequence. I used to take them every 2 hours and on some days I can even go 6 to 8 hours. Hurrah! I have learned to take the small victories and not discount them because they are not a cure. Every step forward is a great one. Before this machine, all I had were steps backward.
My husband is a good at seeing how I am feeling and then telling the truth. He doesn't look for only the positive things like my Mom. She wants me to be cured so every time I have a good hour, I am getting better. She tends to be less realistic. The reason I am telling you this is so you can understand the value in this statement. He told me that before the machine, I would have maybe 1 good day for every 6 bad days. Lately I have had 3 good days for every 5 bad ones. Not an insignificant improvement I would say.
I tend to use my machine more when I am having a bad day and I really need to remember to use it when I am having good days as well. I say this because the few times I have done that, I have noticed that the good days seem to last longer. It is because of this that I have purchased a second machine.
I feel like I am just going on and on about how happy I am about this machine and I wish I could express how helpful you have been with this entire process. Your contributions and dedication are very appreciated. We are blessed to have someone like you on our side. Thank you!
I have one last thing to add. Your advise on how to make the patches last longer has been invaluable. I have not needed new patches since I purchased the machine. I don't know why, and I am not going to complain, but so far I have not met the spider (display sign showing time to change a patch). Hurrah! In addition I have used the machine on other pains I have had to deal with. There is a chance I have added gout to the list of challenges I get to enjoy. I put the machine on my foot and by morning the pain was gone. It has only come back once so I have not followed up with the doctor. Why do it, there is nothing they can do anyway. If this works, it is just one more medication I can avoid. Thanks again for all you have done and I look forward to hearing from you about the steps necessary to rush another miracle machine my way (7/21/13)
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