Fighting Chronic Pain Is an Individual Battle
When Amy Clark, a married mother of two teenagers, was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome two years ago, she went to work, in a way.
“Trying to deal with my pain became a part-time job,” she said.
She was “pretty motivated” to investigate the best ways to deal with her pain—a motivation that intensified when she found out her children also have EDS.
She was taking Vicodin which was helping but she was concerned about using it and kept looking for other alternatives.
Quell Pain Relief Technology
She found a YouTube presentation on Quell, a wearable neurostimulator.
What’s also interesting about Quell, is that it is becoming a source of data about chronic pain. Quell’s parent company, NeuroMetrix recent reported results from an observational study of 4000 Quell users to American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim. The study leveraged the Quell® Health Cloud, which connects with the Quell wearable pain relief device and its companion smartphone app. The cloud database stores the user’s demographic and clinical profile, health metrics including pain, sleep, activity and gait, and device utilization.
“Chronic pain is too often viewed as a symptom of other diseases, just in the last five years more people are viewing it as a distinct chronic condition which is the right way to think about it,” said Shai N. Gozani, M.D., Ph.D., President of Neurometrix. “Building a data base around that made sense. ”Without large data driven thought processes it’s going to be hard to effectively treat chronic pain.”
The company claims that it is the largest study of any TENS device and is becoming one of the largest chronic pain databases in the world. While the data is certainly going to be used by the Company, they also plan to provide it to academic researchers.
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