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What is peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)?

Nerve pain, also known as neuropathy, may be the cause of your migraine or cluster headaches. It is also responsible for atypical facial pain, axial back pain, and a variety of neuralgias. Your medical team will assess your symptoms, arrive at a diagnosis and start a treatment plan for you that may include medications or other non-invasive treatments. However, if your symptoms persist and are impacting your everyday quality of life, your doctor may suggest a treatment called peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS).

What to expect

PNS can effectively treat neuropathic (nerve) pain by placing electrodes under the skin in the region of the pain. The electrodes are connected to a pacemaker-like device that is implanted beneath your collarbone. The device sends out electrical impulses to your nerves with the goal of reducing the severity and frequency of your pain.

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