18-YEAR-OLD McKENNA FROMM LOVES TO SING. SHE
SAYS IT?S BEEN HER THERAPY THROUGH SOME PRETTY DARK HOURS. My bladder, my vaginal, my rectal
region. I just have pain that is severe aching, burning, stabbing like a knife
pain. McKENNA SUFFERS FROM SEVERE PELVIC PAIN. A DISEASE CALLED PUDENDAL NEURALGIA. I can?t
close my legs together, I can?t sleep, I can?t think, I can?t. No position is comfortable.
As a mom, it?s just so hard to watch your child suffer. THE PAIN STARTED A FEW YEARS
AGO AND IT?S GETTING WORSE. She can?t stand. She can?t sit. She?s on the ground. She?s
on her hands and knees. THE HIGH DOSES OF PAIN MEDICATION MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MCKENNA
TO PLAY BASKETBALL, BE IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT, OR CONCENTRATE ON HER SCHOOLWORK. I could
no longer attend school full time. I still did choir. Music was, it was a release for
me. MCKENNA HAS ENDURED DRUG AND PHYSICAL THERAPY, INJECTIONS, NERVE BLOCKS AND SURGERY.
FINALLY, HER DOCTOR OFFERED MCKENNA NEW HOPE. Hi! It?s nice to see you. MCKENNA WENT TO
METRO DETROIT FOR A PROCEDURE PIONEERED BY A DOCTOR AT THE WOMEN?S UROLOGY CENTER AT
BEAUMONT HOSPITAL. 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 MCKENNA?S PAIN SYMPTOMS, SHE RETURNED TO THE OPERATING ROOM.
THIS TIME, DR. PETERS IMPLANTED THE PERMANENT DEVICE WHICH ACTS MUCH LIKE A HEART PACEMAKER,
CONSTANTLY SENDING THOSE PULSES. THE HOPE IS TO GIVE MCKENNA RELIEF FOR YEARS TO COME.
It really is an amazing this… when you make somebody better when no one else has been
able to help. I mean, as a physician, nothing feels better than that. My pain is better.
My flares go away in about a half an hour to an hour. I wouldn?t be able to have a normal
life with having come here. I am so thankful.