While every illness is challenging in its own unique way, those ‘invisible’ and difficult to diagnose ones bring along an additional set of hurdles. You may suffer not only from the illness but also from the inability of others to recognize it and provide you with proper care from the very beginning.
Director of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s palliative medicine Tom Smith, explains the effects of neuromodulation, giving an example of a typical patient – a person suffering from high intensity pain, which on the scale from 1-10, is classified as 9. The pain is spread up and down the right side of patient’s body, followed by chills, then burning sensations, itching and stabbing. By using neuromodulation, doctors can relieve these symptoms by applying two electrodes to the patient’s skin and running the electric stimulus through them for about half an hour. As soon as 10 seconds into the treatment, a patient will again feel close to normal.
Currently, one illness is a leading cause of mortality worldwide – cancer. However, with the latest advancements in modern technology and medicine, we have gained an access to more sophisticated diagnostic methods that allow detection of cancer at an early stage and, consequently, increasingly effective treatments and ever-increasing numbers of cancer survivors.