by Dr. William Summers, M.D.
A patient was forced to give up her surgical nursing career because of chronic severe pain after a surgical procedure to stop urinary incontinence. While on pain-control medicines, in a delirium, she sustained 3rd degree burns which further aggravated her condition. She was determined to stop opiate use and believed she would spend the remainder of her life in bed and in agony.
She started seeing me to complete her opiate withdrawal (which she had carefully managed for more than 10 months). I offered an alternative treatment, which procedure took 45 minutes and provided 70% relief from her pain. A second short procedure produced 95% relief and has sustained for over 18 months.
Before the ‘War on Drugs’, I was concerned about excesses of opiates use to control chronic pain or obtain disability status. I reasoned there must be another way to address low back pain or other forms of chronic local pain. The answer lies in the anatomy of pain.
Pain often begins IN the skin (not below the skin or in the spine, … but in the skin). This is where special nerves called “C” fibers end. It is the C fibers that send the message to the brain of “PAIN!”. It is inflamed C fibers which are involved in neuropathic pain.
So, I reasoned that opiates to kill pain is misguided because opiates work in the brain. Then I developed alternative approaches to pain targeting peripheral C fibers, instead of the brain opiate receptors. Dramatic reduction in my opiate prescribing and better outcomes followed.
These approaches are now available in my new Alternative Health Clinic. Because these are alternative approaches there is no insurance accepted.
Dr. Summers (as heard on KIVA radio) is the neuroscientist that developed the first drug for Alzheimer’s Disease. Later, he developed The Memory ReVitalizer (see Resource Directory).
If you have local pain syndromes and seek non-opiate relief, call for an appointment, 505.878.0192. wksummers.com