After five years of constant, excruciating head pain, 25 doctors, and multiple unsuccessful treatments to stop the ache, Becky Benson thought she was out of options. Then she joined Kaiser Permanente in Colorado and met her new pain management physician, Mike McCeney, MD.
“Becky had a very complicated problem; one that I personally had never seen before,” said Dr. McCeney.
Dr. McCeney worked with her for more than two years. He adjusted her medications and tried various standard treatment options. Everything they tried helped, but only for a short period of time.
“She was at wit’s end. She could barely function,” said Dr. McCeney.
He decided it was time to think outside the box. He suggested she try a neuro-stimulating implant device. The device, originally designed for use in the spinal cord to treat back pain by blocking pain signals with small electric impulses, would be implanted just under the skin in the back of Becky’s head at the spot of her incessant pain. She agreed.
Dr. McCeney and the care team at Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek Medical Offices were among the first in Colorado to try this off-label procedure. Becky’s first words when she woke up in the recovery room were, “I don’t have a headache! This is the first time in five years I haven’t had a headache!”
After a week-long trial to make sure it was right for her, they permanently implanted the device. Both patient and doctor are extremely pleased with the result.
“I can do anything I want to do now,” said Becky. “I can concentrate and do my sewing. I can concentrate to do my crafts stuff, hop on an airplane and go travel wherever I want. I have my life back.”