Jay Derrig, a 63 year old social worker and counselor, is afflicted with meralgia paresthetica in his right leg. Meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh. It is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in your outer thigh. Jay had been suffering from this for over 16 years and had seen multiple doctors for it to no avail.
“It was constant, and really quite intense to the point where sometimes I felt like I was going to fall, because I felt like I didn’t have any muscle, because there was so much pain,” Jay said.
Lucky for him, Health Canada approved a new solution earlier this year: a peripheral nerve stimulator called the Bioness StimRouter. This minimally invasive neuromodulation device has an implanted lead, an external pulse generator, and a hand-held wireless programmer. The wearable device uses programmed electrical pulses to stimulate an erratic peripheral nerve and retrains the brain to perceive sensations as non-painful.
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