“It was just a constant cycle consumed with pain and drowsiness”, these are the words of Clare Smith from Cardiff, who at just 33 years old had been relying on heavy duty painkillers for much of her adult life.
Clare, who lives with her husband and three children in the Welsh capital, suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Alagille Syndrome that has also affects her younger sister, Lucy (30) and three-year-old daughter, Chloe.
Alagille Syndrome & back pain
A person with Alagille Syndrome has fewer than the normal number of small bile ducts inside the liver. As well as affecting the liver, it can affect other parts of the body, including heart, face, blood vessels, kidneys and the skeleton and bones.
For Clare, she has been impacted severely by the syndrome, undergoing multiple open-heart surgeries and having spinal surgery to correct four prolapsed discs. She suffers from pain in her back and used to rely on a daily dose of heavy-duty painkillers to manage her pain, until she discovered NuroKor.
“People immediately think I’ve been in an accident when they hear about the level of surgery I’ve had for my back,” explains Clare. “Alagille is a degenerative condition, so I was realistic that the back surgery wouldn’t ‘fix’ everything. I was fortunate that it did reduce some of my symptoms, but as far as managing the pain goes - it didn’t change a thing. I had to resume taking high doses of painkillers just to get by, something I’d been doing daily for almost twelve years.”
She continues: “The drowsiness and other side effects of these painkillers were taking their toll, especially when you are on them long-term. I couldn't get down on the floor to play with my three young girls.”
Introduction to bioelectronics
This is when a family friend of Clare’s mentioned a bioelectric device that his pharmacy patients had success with. This was Clare’s introduction to NuroKor, and at first she was sceptical but willing to ‘give it a go’. She explains more: “When I first tried the device, I was instantly walking straighter and in a more relaxed way. After more consistent use, I was able to reduce my pain levels by 70%. My overall stiffness has dissipated, and it has allowed me to keep moving and stay active for my kids.”
NuroKor & pain
Many people use NuroKor as a way to help manage pain, whether they suffer from back pain or pain in other areas of the body. Many are attracted by its offering of a system that is ‘natural to the body’. So how does the pain management system work? NuroKor releases gentle bioelectrical currents through the skin to the nerve endings in the affected area. These currents then help manage the pain signals that travel to the brain and may encourage release of the body’s natural pain killers and feel-good chemicals - endorphins.
As well as managing pain, NuroKor can also assist with reducing inflammation and promoting the body’s natural healing process. For both pain management and recovery, NuroKor can provide a safe, effective, alternative option to drugs.
Clare recently returned back to work on a mental health ward for elderly patients after her maternity leave. She is relieved that after being ‘chained’ to pain killers in the past, she now has an alternative option. She goes on to say: “I’ve got so much more energy since I stopped taking them and fortunately my pain is much more manageable after using the NuroKor mitouch device morning and night.”
Clare hopes that others who suffer from back pain might be able to get relief from using NuroKor and reduce their reliance on pain killers. She also knows that both her daughter’s and her own Alagille is manageable, but many other people with Alagille Syndrome are not as fortunate. She explains: “My sister is only with us today, because she was lucky to have a liver transplant when she was born. Sadly, there are so many children on the waiting list, and not all are able to find a liver donor in time. Donating organs can be the life-changing difference for another family like mine.”
Learn more about Alagille Syndrome at https://alagille.org/
For details on organ donation in the UK visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk
For more information on NuroKor technology and pain management https://nurokor.co.uk/pages/pain-management