Jon’s Story | Beaumont Women’s Urology Center

Jon’s Story | Beaumont Women’s Urology Center


IT?S BEEN NEARLY 20 YEARS SINCE JON RIVERS
COULD DANCE WITH HER HUSBAND. SHE LIVES WITH PAIN EVERY MINUTE, EVERY DAY. My pain started
at the birth of my daughter 41 years ago and it’s been persistent, consistent and getting
worse. THE PAIN IN HER PELVIC AREA BECAME SO SEVERE THAT EVENTUALLY JON COULDN’T LEAVE
HOME. I had to stop doing everything. It was too painful to move. It was too painful to
sit. I couldn’t drive. SHE COULDN’T GO TO THE GYM, WALK HER DOGS, OR SWIM. THE THOUGHT
OF DANCING WITH HER HUSBAND, RAY, A BALLROOM DANCE COACH, UNBEARABLE. He wants to take
me in his arms and dance with me. But there’s no way I would tell him it hurts. To dance
with Ray again. It’ll be precious. To just really want to dance and not just pretend.
AFTER YEARS OF TREATMENTS, INCLUDING EPIDURAL BLOCKS AND ACUPUNCTURE, JON LEARNED TO COPE
BY SITTING ON SPECIAL TENNIS BALLS AND AN ICE PACK. HER DOCTORS PUT HER ON HIGH DOSE
PAIN MEDS; INCLUDING MORPHINE. Drugs keep me going at the moment. and it’s not a way
to live your life. FINALLY, SOME HOPE. HER DOCTOR AND A WOMAN SHE CALLS HER “PAIN PAL”
TOLD HER ABOUT A PROCEDURE PIONEERED BY A DOCTOR IN MICHIGAN. SO, SHE PACKED HER BAGS
AND VISITED BEAUMONT HOSPITAL’S WOMEN’S UROLOGY CENTER. Hello, Nice to see you. Here?s
a big hug from Gwen. HER FIRST JOB WAS TO DELIVER A HUG FROM HER “PAIN PAL” A FORMER
PATIENT. The women that we see are very challenging in that they have suffered a long time. And
it?s had such a negative impact on their quality of life. DURING THIS PROCEDURE, DR. KEN PETERS
PLACES A TINY ELECTRODE AT THE PUDENDAL NERVE IN THE PELVIS. IT EMITS A LOW LEVEL PULSE
THAT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE BRAIN TO OVERRIDE ABNORMAL SIGNALS THAT CAUSE PELVIC PAIN AND
BLADDER PROBLEMS. THE PROCEDURE IS CALLED PUDENDAL NEUROMODULATION. What happens a lot
in these patients who are suffering from voiding dysfunction and pelvic pain is there is something
wrong in that communication. That the wrong signals are being sent through the nerves
to those organs which lead to the underlying problem. AFTER TWO WEEKS OF MEASURING THE
IMPACT OF THE DEVICE ON JON?S PAIN SYMPTOMS, SHE RETURNED TO THE OPERATING ROOM. THIS TIME,
DR. PETERS IMPLANTED A PERMANENT DEVICE WHICH ACTS MUCH LIKE A HEART PACEMAKER, CONSTANTLY
SENDING THOSE PULSES. GIVING JON RELIEF FOR YEARS TO COME. It really is amazing when you
make somebody better who no one else has been able to help. I mean, as a physician, nothing
feels better than that. Since the surgery, I am a new woman. The pain is diminished to
the point where my husband can take me in his arms. It feels so special to be in his
arms and move around the dance floor the way we used to.

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