Meet others who are...Living beyond the pain
Mother of two, technical writer
Michele endured unbearable pain for over 15 years during which time she suffered many bowel obstructions due to adhesions and underwent 13 abdominal surgeries, including hysterectomy. Michelle was also diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Using PainShield MD, Michele was able to reduce her painful constipation (from one movement every two weeks to one every day) as well as pain during bowel movement. The number of times she urinated daily was reduced from 70 to 15, with much fewer painful urination episodes. Michele's overall pelvic pain was reduced, as well as her use of pain [opioids] and nausea medications, which was costing her several hundreds of dollars a month in out-of pocket costs. Because Michele is in less pain, she sleeps much better and can be more active which has allowed her to lose 36 lbs since using PainShield MD.
Michele says, “I feel so much better. I've got so much more energy. I haven’t felt this good in 15 years.” (2012)
VIDEO AVAILABLEClick Michele's photo or HERE to hear from Michele herself how PainShield MD helped her overcome years of chronic debilitating pelvic pain. There are 3 and 10 minute versions.
|Melinda Mansfield, 46|
Regional Sales Manager
|I purchased the Painshield MD after trying just about everything there is out there for Interstitial Cystitis. I have had several hydrodistentions with limited success and an experimental Stem Cell Treatment almost 60 days ago. I have also had Instillations, Elmiron, Hydroxyzine and every other medication available. I could get no relief for the past two years. I was in a very dark place with the fear of losing my career, and not being capable as a wife and mother. The painshield began to cut the pain in a matter of days of starting to use. It may be aiding the stem cells (I will never know) heal my bladder but as for where I am right now, it is night and day. I take opiates sparingly only after I have an instillation that will cause a flair. It is no longer a daily practice. The chronic burning and razor blade pain in my bladder and urethra are not 100% gone but very manageable. I have begun to enjoy life again. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from this awful condition. I am 46 years old. Diagnosed in early 20’s but have been in remission until 2 years ago…when it became an uncontrollable pain situation. (8/30/15)|
Sue Bennett, 53
Appraiser, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN
|I have suffered from Lichen Sclerosis, pelvic and bladder pain for over 15 years. Pain meds are not an option for my career or lifestyle. Pain determines how much work I can do, so it is important to get relief without Meds.|
Dr David Wiseman introduced me to the PainShield. Before the PainShield , I really suffered and had to spend my off work time in bed recuperating. After the PainShield, I recover from my pain flares rapidly.
I travel allot and the PainShield is easy to use in the car on long drives. I also take it on all my out of town trips.
The device is compact and easy to apply, I prefer using sport tape as opposed to the gel adhesive. I can also do house work while it’s on.
Not only does it work for my pelvic and bladder pain, it also helps with carp tunnel pain, stiff necks and work related sprains and strains. (1/5/13)
|Michele Melanson||Did more for my pain than any surgery or narcotics!|
Michele's husband Jeffrey writes: "My wife got this unit 2 weeks ago and it worked faster and better than we could have ever hoped. My eyes filled with tears today because she actually snapped at me for doing something stupid, not because she was angry but because she felt well enough to be feisty. Thank you Dr. Wiseman for helping her so much!" (7/22/15)
|My name is Delfina Cuellar Whitwell. I live in Longview, Texas. I was diagnosed with Interstitial cystitis about 25 years ago. Over the years my urologist has done virtually everything that can be done for this disease to me. About 3 years ago, the pain became a way of life for me. The pain took total control of my life. Nothing seemed to help. I had no quality of life. I found out about the PainShield through the IC network. Neither me or my doctor believed it would really work, but we had no other choices available. I wore it constantly for the first 3 days without feeling any relief. One the morning of the fourth day, I awoke with no pain. I have forgotten what it felt like to not be in constant pain. I wore it all the time for about 2 weeks. I then started wearing it only at night. If I felt like bladder spasms were going to start during the day, I would put it on. Within 40 minutes, I would get relief. I wore it every night for about 6 weeks. I am now wearing it only every other night. I am still on the medication Elmiron, but have not taken anything for pain since that fourth day. The PainShield has given me my life back. I no longer am on the very restrictive IC diet. My urologist is stunned, but planned to order a few of the PainShields to try on his other patients with IC. For me the PainShield has been a true miracle. My only complaint is that you need to advertise it more. The information on the PainShield should be in the offices of all urologist. Again, thank you for giving me my life back. (5/22/16)|
|My name is Tracy [pseudonym] from Alberta, Canada. I am in my forties and I have suffered from debilitating bladder and pelvic floor pain for about 18 months. No one really knows for sure, but I have been told that I many have Interstitial Cystitis. I was super active before and working towards my black belt in karate. But now I am almost housebound, in fear of my pain and suffer severe depression I have tried to kill myself twice and have contemplated it another two times. I have tried herbal therapies, physical therapy, bladder instillation and a host of medications but to little avail.|
My life has been living hell and, but with the PainShield life is much more tolerable. I now only need to urinate 4-5 times a day instead of 10 times a day. I feel that when I am wearing the PainShield, even though it does not take the pain away, it gives me confidence to deal with my pain. I feel almost naked without it. (1/17/16)
Harold Gopin, 60
|Dear Dr. Wiseman: When I first purchased the KevMed PainShield, I was skeptical about whether it would actually work in relieving my back pain. I can honestly say that over the last number of months I can only recommend this appliance wholeheartedly.|
I have suffered with debilitating back pain for over 10 years due to work related injury and have had three operations on my neck, including fusions. I have chronic and severe abdominal pain and have had at least five abdominal surgeries for bowel obstruction due to adhesions stemming from an appendix operation many years ago.
I have been taking opioids and other prescription pain medications but only sometimes do they take the edge off the pain. Of course they make me constipated which makes the abdominal pain even worse. Because of the constipation, going to the bathroom is extremely painful.
I thank God that I was able to learn about this product and that I was able to use it. Thank you again for this wonderful machine and with God's help your company will be able to help many others.
Read more of Harold's story here....
|I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis 11 years ago after going through months of increasing bladder pain and frequency of urination. Over the last 11 years, urologists have performed many tests and procedures which have cost me thousands of dollars and my insurance 10's of thousands. Despite trying different medications and procedures such as instillations and bladder distension, my pain continued to increase to the point that I was spending the majority of my day managing my pain. I was told that I need to relax the muscles in my pelvic floor... easier said then done when you have chronic pain. I tried several therapists before I found one that referred me to KevMed. I have been using the PainShield for 7 months now, and my daily pain levels have decreased dramatically. I am now able to actually relax! My flare-ups have reduced from several times daily (with occasional all day events) to occasional flare ups that respond quickly to the PainShield treatments. An additional benefit/indicator of my pelvic floor relaxing is that my bowel movements have become much more regular. I believe that this is reducing pressure on my bladder thereby helping prevent flare ups. I still take some medication, and I have pelvic floor exercises to do, but the PainShield has reversed the tide and I haven't been this pain free in over 7 years. (2/6/2014)|
Tami Ellis, 38
Nanny to two young children
Tami has suffered with urinary issues since she was a child and can remember from the age of 13 frequent episodes of bladder pain and urinary tract infections (UTIs). After seeing five urologists, she was finally diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 26. Tami suffers from "Flare-Ups" every 3 to 18 months, which she describes as unrelenting sharp and burning pain, as if razor blades were cutting into her bladder. During the few days to six weeks of a flare-up, all Tami wants to do is curl up in a ball.
Now, when Tami senses the beginning of a flare-up, she places the PainShield MD over her sacral bone and within about 30 minutes, the flare-up starts to subside. PainShield has reduced the number and intensity of flare-ups, as well as the pain on urination. Tami does not feel the need to take a trip to the doctor for a UTI test, which overall would cost about $300, nor does she need to increase her dose of Urelle or use Percocet, thereby reducing her medication expense.
Tami remarks, “I have my life back during flare-ups.” (2013)
Michael Meighan MD, 60
Family physician, FL
My name is Michael Meighan M.D. I am a 60 y.o. divorced Family Physician with three beautiful daughters.
I finally diagnosed my pelvic pain and interstitial cystitis two years ago after 20 yrs of escalating agony and frustrating doctors visits without a diagnosis and many many different medicines without improvement. The diagnosis was confirmed by a urologist I saw at the recommendation of my Pelvic Pain Physical Therapist.
My pain is in my sacral, perineal, genital and bladder areas. All of my activities have been curtailed until I acquired my PainShield three months ago. I have been able to reduce my Naproxen, Tylenol to half and stop all groggy producing medication. Not only do I save money on medication I rarely see a physician and don't have those nasty side effects from medication as before.I am able to resume most activities with many rare flare-ups in pain. Only rarely do I have pain that requires PainShield I now only use at night 3-4 time a week and occasionally during the day. Have also been able to decrease the frequency that I see my physical therapist and no need to see my physician other than for those yearly check-ups. PainShield MD has been the blessing I have been looking for!!!
Ellen F (pseudonym), 44
|I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis back in the late 1990s through emergency surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst. However, due to the severity of my disease, they were not able to remove all of the lesions and, regrettably, the pain returned with a vengeance. |
In 2011, I found out I had another cyst on the verge of rupture, so I had another surgery. This time, the doctors ... had to perform a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy. .... I at least held out hope that by removing all of my female organs the pelvic pain would be a thing of the past. After about a year post-op however, I started having pelvic pain again, in addition to lower back pain and the appearance of urinary bladder pain. After several consultations, the doctors felt that I may be suffering from adhesions as a result of the surgeries.
Read how PainShield MD has helped Ellen here....
Elizabeth Jablonski, 46
Oil field tools buyer
Elizabeth was in pain for over 30 years. She had pelvic adhesive disease and was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age 30. Elizabeth had eight major surgeries, including a hysterectomy, colectomy and an ileostomy.
Elizabeth (2012) said, "The device put some light in the darkest time of my life. The PainShield reduced my pain up to 80% at times. With no way to describe to someone who does not suffer from extreme chronic pain, all I can honestly say is that PainShield is nothing short of a miracle. It has reduced my bowel pain, my pelvic pain and my bladder pain. I can live my life now. My husband is also pleased because it has significantly reduced my sexual pain, and I can be a normal woman. I have reduced the amount and cost of my pain medications, and my pain is reduced drastically so that I am able once again to sleep through a full night.
Intestinal blockages are my number one battle, and PainShield causes my intestinal system to function with an even steady movement as much as possible, which reduces my pain and the need for me to take pain medications that would make my intestinal function worse."
We are sad to report the passing of our dear friend Elizabeth on July 5th 2015. Please see our tribute to this wonderful person here.
Tracy J, 49
IT project manager
Tracy has been an endometriosis patient for over 30 years, and has had more than 15 surgeries for adhesions and endometriosis, including a hysterectomy. She has also been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Tracy notes, “When my SI joint gets bad, usually every day, I just can't move without excruciating pain. PainShield MD makes this pain hardly noticeable. I can get on with my day and move around without taking acetaminophen, ibuprofen or anything stronger such as opioids. PainShield also helped with reducing overall pelvic pain from years of adhesions and endometriosis surgeries so that I barely notice it is there.” (2013)
Helen A, 47
Bookkeeper, mother of one
Helen writes: "I have been suffering with SIJD (sacroiliac joint dysfunction) and biceps tendinitis for about two years now. I got the PainShield in November (2012) and it has helped a lot in getting muscles to stop spasming and reducing the pain. I mostly placed on my buttocks on whatever muscle was spasming the most. I now mostly place it all around my shoulder to help stop those muscles from spasming. It is a relief to have something passive that helps and something I can wear out of the house. I hardly ever need to place it on my buttocks anymore. I ended up purchasing two units since I have so many problem areas.
I also placed it on areas that I recently had prolozone injections in (injections to tighten ligaments) as deep heat helps in the healing process of lax ligaments.
I believe the PainShield device has helped me get to a point where I can successfully do the physical therapy exercises I need to do to strengthen the appropriate muscles. I can now sit which enables me to get out of the house and is helping me get my social life back.
I think this is a tool that anyone who has muscle spasms or is undergoing either prolotherapy or prolozone could benefit from." (4/22/13)
Kathy Smith (pseudonym), 36
Teacher (retired due to disability), Missouri
Kathy has had pelvic pain for about 18 years including: bladder pain, dysuria (pain with urination), dyspareunia (pain with intercourse) pelvic floor and joint dysfunction, pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, vaginal pain due to nerve damage and nerve damage in the left leg and peripheral pain in both legs and feet.
...I started using the PainShield MD two months ago... I have less pain with: intercourse, urination, bowel movements, standing and walking. As a result of using the PainShield MD I can now sleep better, enjoy intercourse more often and frequency and urgency with urination is minimized so I may focus on my life without running to the restroom every hour. I am also taking 15mg LESS of Oxycodone daily so less opioids are in my system.
Continues Kathy: “So excited to share my portable, ultrasound therapy patch that has helped so much with my pelvic pain…. Your ultrasound unit is AMAZING! I wear it daily and recommend it to everyone I see. Thanks for your dedication. (04/29/13)
Diana (pseudonym), 57
Knitter, Writer, Dog Walker, Illinois
Diana has had:Read Diana's story here....
It is wonderful to be able to stay asleep and not have pain jolt me awake... my mind is not so busy dealing with constant pain.
Ann, 51, Georgia, USA
Ann has dealt with adhesions for over 20 years and has had:
Read Ann's story here....
Dawn, Aurora CO
49 year mother of four, grandmother of
four (at the moment)
Insurance salesperson, retired due to disability
This is me and my grandson at the Rockies game. A good day. KevMed notes: This special photo really exemplifies "Living beyond the pain."
|Dawn has suffered with pain for over 14 years as well as:|
and can now:
Read Dawn's story here....
|Mara M Baun RN, PhD|
University of Texas
Health Science Center
Even though I had been a licensed registered nurse and faculty member in two major state university schools of nursing for about 25 years, I had never heard of a bladder disease called Interstitial Cystitis until I was told by a urologist that I had it! At first, although I had some significant pain at times I was mostly able to control my symptoms. Now that I have had the disease for more than 20 years, it has become increasingly difficult to control all the symptoms despite the prescribed medications I take . Fortunately, I now live in a metropolitan area that has better access to treatment for IC. I have been able to have physical therapy treatments specifically for the pelvic floor muscles which have helped a great deal.
What I truly hope is that one day a cure will be found for IC! (10/21/15)
Nonetheless, especially if I am up walking around a lot in the morning, I can get into significant pain in the pelvic floor muscles by afternoon. It was a great help to me when I found out about the PainShield and ordered one. Since once it is fully charged it only lasts about 6 hours, I put it on before I leave home and then turn it on when I start to have pain in my pelvic floor muscles. The PainShield has been a big help to me when I have to attend meetings or other functions that begin in the morning and last most of the day. I recommend it to others who have IC.
Carol Long (pseudonym), CA, 51, married, one son
My name is Carol Long. I am from the CA Central Valley and I am 51 years old. I am married with one son. I am a Stock Broker. I was diagnosed with Pudendal Nerve Entrapment 2 years ago but have suffered with pain for almost 4 years now.
This is an absolute nightmare and I have been willing to try most anything short of surgery to find some relief. I purchased a PainShield MD a few months ago ...I seemed to experience less pain during my work day (my most difficult time) while wearing the device ......Recently I have begun to experience more pain (it has never been completely gone) and have decided to take a break from the unit as I feel I may have become desensitized to it. (9/25/14)
Tina P., 57
Tina is 57 and in 1995 underwent hysterectomy for severe endometriosis and pain. The pain only intensified and Tina was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. After treatment with a number of drugs for several years the pain level began to climb again. By 2009, Tina was experiencing relentless bladder pain, and many other symptoms including extreme fatigue and fibromyalgia type pain.
Tina began using PainShield MD in 2013. After the first few uses, she noticed a sense of calm in her body and realized that the pain level had diminished. The ultrasound application was making a difference and without drugs!
UPDATE (10/29/15) Tina has been using PainShield MD for nearly two years. She believes that it is what has kept her out of having to go to the emergency room for severe pain. She typically would need to go 1-2 times year, and since using PainShield MD she has not needed to. Her pain is more certainly manageable than before PainShield MD.
Russell Parkison, CA
68, retired (disability) school teacher
My name is Russell Parkison from San Pedro, California. I am 68 years old and married. I am a retired (disability ) school teacher. I have suffered from adhesions and pain after 4 surgeries for GI bleeds 24 years ago and I have pain in the bowel and lower back.
It hurt after eating every meal no matter what diet measures I tried for years and years. I kind of normalized the pain as an ongoing thing. I have tried all sorts of treatments including surgery/opioids/other drugs/TENS/etc., but since using PainShield MD, my pain in my abdomen has improved and I can now function fairly normal even though it is a diabetic diet .
I used the Pain Shield on a particular area of my abdomen for a couple of months about 4 to 6 hours, not thinking it would work, but had to give it a good try. As I got better and better, there was a lot of disbelief. I am so much better now, and the adhesions are very much reduced. As I am writing this, I am eating food that would have terrified me in the past. I have not had a blockage (which had been serious and semiannual) since using the PainShield. I have not used the Pain Shield on my abdomen lately, but I have used it on a broken vertebra (T12) and a separated rib with quite a bit of success. I taped it inside a neoprene back brace and it works great. (9/30/2014)
Sara, NC, 27, single
My name is Sara from North Carolina. I am 27 years old and single. I have Down syndrome. I was diagnosed with IC/pelvic floor dysfunction pain more than 2 years ago....I had pain in the bowel, bladder, and lower back areas.
When using PainShield MD, my pain was much more tolerable, but was still there to different degrees every day until about a month ago. I no longer have to wear the PainShield, and I am totally free of pain...I believe God is the one who healed me of my pain and do not know to what extent the ultra sound contributed to my healing, but I do know that it gave me great relief while I had the pain and would definitely recommend its use for IC and pelvic floor dysfunction pain. Read more of Sara's story here....
T. Markland, NM, 31
wife, mother of a pre-schooler
I am a 31 year old wife, mother and cosmetologist, and I was diagnosed with IC [interstitial cystitis] about a year and a half ago. I have been using the PainShield for about five months now, and I feel like it has really made a difference for me.
My IC [interstitial cystitis] seemed to come out of nowhere, and it took a devastating toll on my life. I was bedridden for about the first month and had to quit working. Parenting my toddler felt impossible.
It was hard to tell at first how much of an impact it would have, but after the two-week trial, I did think it was making a little bit of a difference, so I decided to keep it and see what it would do over time. I knew it was helping because I first stared to have more "better" days, and then I began to notice that my flares (which were very frequent) would resolve much faster.
I am so happy to be feeling better. Not constantly feeling miserable is such a huge relief! It's like I have been released from IC prison! LOL!
|Sheryl, OK, 63||My name is Sheryl from Oklahoma. I am 63 years old, married for 40 years, have two children and two grandchildren.|
I have abdominal adhesions. Like most people with this condition, it took eight doctors and 11 surgeries to diagnosis. I suffer daily from this and rarely leave the house. I’ve been through pain management prescribing opiates, which I am proud to say I do not take anymore. I take motrin to help with the inflammation and a few other medications to help with spasms.
All of the pain is in my right side from the waist down so it is very painful to bend, walk, sit, and have bowel movements. As fellow adhesion sufferers know, everything tightens up. It is a very depressing condition to have because most people do not understand what you’ve got, even though explained, and not very many doctors recognize that there is pain with adhesions, especially when they have grown all around your intestines, to the side of your abdominal wall and any other organ they can attach themselves too.
My husband found the website for KevMed. He ordered a unit and I have been using it ever since. It relaxes the adhesions and I am able to move around more freely. I usually do not pay attention to advertisements that say they can help me but the Painshields have really worked for me. I still am pretty much homebound, but at least I can clean my own house, make meals, etc. (12/14/15)
|Loretta Holscher, 68|
Tonka Bay, MN
Retired real estate professional
My name is Loretta Holscher from Tonka Bay, MN. In early winter late in 2011 I was coming out of a house .... I slipped and landed directly on my butt on the ice covered concrete sidewalk. In the weeks and months following I gradually experienced more and more pain, until I could no longer sit without pain. I was diagnosed with vulvodynia. Thinking there was something else going on, I researched the internet and found that Pudendal Neuralgia matched my symptoms perfectly.
My goal was minimally invasive means. I found a Physical Therapist that did internal pelvic therapy...but my relief was temporary. I tried cold laser therapy... with minimal results. I then headed off to try Calmare therapy... with just minimal results
I spent time on the closed Facebook Group for people who have Pudendal Neuralgia. One participant mentioned the PainShield, I thought I would give it a try...To my surprise, using the PainShield in combination with a muscle relaxer, I got relief. I was able to have a social life again and had some pain free time with friends...
I am at the point now, where I only need to wear it when my pain is elevated. Having a resource such as the PainShield has been a life saver and gives me hope that someday I may become pain free again. Read more of Loretta's story here....
I have suffered with pelvic and prostatic pain for about two years involving pain on sitting and urinating.... My pelvic and genital region was so affected that it was painful for anything to touch [there]...it would elicit a reaction that involved heart palpitations and extreme pain.
I have pelvic floor hyper tonicity with muscle spasms and multiple trigger points....I was diagnosed with non-bacterial prostatitis. I have been using PainShield MD for about 4 months. When I use the device, my pain subsides and there is no pain on touch or urination. I still have upright sitting intolerance but am now able to work for long periods in a semi-reclined position in an office chair, which I could not do before... I do not suffer from the severe heart palpitations which had once required me to go to the ER.
With PainShield MD I have kept off these [pain and antidepressant] medications and avoided their side effects as well as the $50 a month of costs... Wearing the device overnight... I have no sense of urgency whatsoever. Amazing. I now usually sleep through the night. I could tell with confidence after only a single day with the device that it is game changing...I am just so pleased and grateful to have it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Danny (5/6/15) Read more of Danny's story here....
|Rosa Harville, MS||I was reluctant to try one more promise of relief from the pain I have suffered from IC for the last 7 years, however from my husband encouragement I decided to add the PainShield to my long list of pain relief for IC and also because of the return policy. I am so glad I tried one more thing. I am now able to go for walks again and I have been able to go with pain meds as long as 12 hours. I now have hope where there use to be no hope. I have been able to cut my pain meds in half and I look forward to the day when I can stop the pain meds altogether. I know that day is getting closer. I strongly recommend the PainShield. (9/7/15)|
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