Hey, Tumblr! My Capstone engineering group is working on a vagal nerve stimulation device for chronic pain and fibromyalgia and I would really appreciate it if I could interview some of you guys about fibromyalgia, chronic pain and your experiences! It would also be super awesome if I could interview anyone out there who has used a device called a P-STIM or Neuro-Stim System (NSS). If that sounds familiar but you’re not sure, it’s a device that looks like this.
Of course, I will be respectful of your privacy and any health issues you have and I will not give out any information of yours, except our conversation or a transcript of our conversation.
Our group is working on improving the above device so that it would not only be cheaper but easier to use. Vagal nerve stimulation has been proven to improve chronic pain (See sources 1, 2, 3, 4) and helping us improve this device in terms of usability, comfort and price might help us make vagal nerve stimulation devices a more readily available treatment.
Thank you for your time! I hope to hear from you guys soon!
(1) Chao Hsing Yeh, Yi Chien Chiang, Samuel L. Hoffman, et al., “Efficacy of Auricular Therapy for Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 934670, 14 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/934670
(2) Usichenko, Taras, et al. “Preliminary findings of cerebral responses on transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on experimental heat pain.” Brain imaging and behavior (2016): 1-8.
(3)Chakravarthy, Krishnan, et al. “Review of the uses of vagal nerve stimulation in chronic pain management.” Current pain and headache reports 19.12 (2015): 1-9.
(4) Roberts, Arthur, and Chris Brown. “Decrease in VAS Score Following Placement of a Percutaneous Peri-Auricular Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulator.” Clinical Medicine and Diagnostics 5.2 (2015): 17-21.
tl;dr: Message me and help me out in creating a new device for chronic pain spoonies!