Friday, April 17, 2009

It's Now Official

Stimulator Trial OK'd by Study Sponsor

Got a call today from the study coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic. I am officially approved for the temporary stimulator trial. There is one other person that is qualified also at their site. Lilly the coordinator did the interview over the phone (glad The Belly had acted up so I was at home!) mainly just confirming that I had not changed medications or alternative treatments in the last month. Of course I had very carefully not changed anything even toughing out a couple of times when I would have gone to the ER.

Per Lilly she has to write up her notes for the study sponsor and get other paperwork ready which will take approximately 10 days. She said she will schedule me for the trial surgery sometime in early May, and will call back with a date next Monday. Woo Hoo!!! I sure do hope this works. The stimulator in the illustration is the brand for the study, made by St. Jude's Medical, but I'm not sure if the leads are the same or if this one is used for the trial. I was told there were five different stimulators they could use made by the same company so no telling which one will be implanted.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog, and very I'm interested in following along on your journey with the stimulator.

    I was recently diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, which one of my neuros thinks is the main cause of my chronic migraines. So perhaps a stimulator is in my future. I've been referred to a pain specialist who is supposed to know a great deal about the condition, so hopefully he can help me after all this time.

    I blog about migraines, and I have added you to my links list. I'm so glad to have found your blog tonight. Seems meant to be.