An Acadiana man was diagnosed with diabetes almost 40 years ago.
He was one of the first to receive a procedure three years into his trials – we now know it relieves almost 90% of diabetic pain or foot pain called painful diabetic neuropathy.
He is now speaking out about the treatment – he says it gave him his life back.
“I was diagnosed with diabetes probably in 1982. I was almost to the point where you couldn’t put your feet under the covers anymore”
Earl Arnold of Lafayette suffered from diabetic foot pain for decades.
“Would I be busy all day and come in and take off my boots and socks and get in the chair. My feet would burn. They would tingle. You know, they would just hurt”
He says that since receiving a procedure that involved implanting a spinal cord stimulation device called a neuro hfx, he is now able to do daily activities without pain.
“Know that I was one of the first to get it for neuropathy and I have to say it really made a big difference”
The procedure was approved by the FDA for this indication on July 20 and 21.
Dr. Damon Patterson says he is now using the treatment on many of his patients locally.
and says seeing positive results in patients who have experienced so much pain from diabetes is a relief.
“So to be one of the first to receive this treatment in this area was just extremely exciting. It was very rewarding for me personally. And it gave us a lot of excitement for what the future holds for us. Reserve.”
“This debilitating pain called neuropathic pain, the burning pain the shooting pain the shooting pain the pain that basically prevents them from walking with stability and prevents them from sleeping soundly. That’s the pain that this is going to target.”
Patterson says the treatment has a 90% success rate.
“The way it works. You don’t feel the stimulation, you know, you feel the system working, but it just removes the pain and so what they will find is a drastic reduction in those feelings, those uncomfortable feelings as I see it. I said. by the way, you know some”
“You know, sometimes they promise you things and they don’t deliver. But it was a procedure that really worked and improved my life.”
Patterson says the procedure creates new hope and new opportunities for patients receiving the treatment.
And consult your doctor before receiving hfx treatment.