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Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain originating from Lyme disease.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Neuropathic pain is a relatively common outcome of
Lyme disease. Pain management options for these patients have been limited to pharmaceutical treatments.

OBJECTIVE:

We present a case of chronic pain following
Lyme disease treated successfully using spinal cord stimulation (SCS).

STUDY DESIGN:

Case report.

SETTING:

Pain management clinic.

METHODS:

A 62-year-old patient presented with a 5-year history of bilateral foot pain following
Lyme disease that failed to respond to medication and physical therapy. The patient was treated by a trial of SCS at the clinic and then implanted with a spinal cord stimulator. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) assessed pain before and after SCS.

RESULTS:

The patient reported significant pain relief and improved foot function. The 10 point VAS score was reduced from 8-10 to 1-3.

LIMITATIONS:

Single case report.

CONCLUSION:

Spinal cord stimulation may be an effective option for relieving chronic pain originating from
Lyme disease.

Pain Physician. 2012 Nov-Dec;15(6):511-4. Case Reports

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