Chris Bechard, a veteran in Boulder, Colorado, writes about his frustrating experience as he tried to find an effective treatment for his pain – and the immense relief he felt, body and mind, when he finally got an Alpha-Stim.
“I’m a service-connected veteran with a chronic pain disability. For the last 20 years, I have been treated at the VA. Unsuccessfully. I have tried a range of narcotics, off-label meds, injections, patches, physical therapy, TENS, psychology, biofeedback, and holistic healing (acupuncture and herbals.) None of it worked and over time, my pain became worse and more widespread, almost getting to the point that I contemplated suicide.
In my quest to find something that may give me some relief, I read about Alpha-Stim for the first time almost a year ago. Since then, I have tried my darndest to canvas the ‘VA neighborhood’ for someone who would be able to help me procure this device, as I was also suffering from depression, anxiety, and insomnia due to my intractable pain. No one had heard of the device and they basically dismissed the idea that this would be a worthwhile avenue to pursue.
Out of desperation, I emailed Alpha-Stim and was quickly put in touch with [sales rep] Joseph. From the beginning, not only did Joseph reach out to me to see how he could help, but he genuinely took an interest in me, my suffering, and my failed efforts to convince my primary care physicians, pain management team, and patient advocates that this device was worth a shot.
Joseph emailed me instructions to pass along to my PCP on how to order the Alpha-Stim M, detailed information about it, and offered his contact information in case she had any questions. Several days later, Joseph sent me an email, stating he had good news and that the Alpha-Stim M had shipped. I couldn’t believe it! A couple days later, I received it and began using it immediately.
I have been using the Alpha-Stim M for a few weeks now, every day – sometimes twice a day. All in all, it has reduced my overall pain by 50-60%, my anxiety and depression are down to negligible levels, and I am able to get quality sleep after years of not being able to do so without the help of some very sedating medication. To say I am pleased would be the understatement of the century.
Why the Veterans Administration doesn’t use the Alpha-Stim in all their facilities for ALL patients with the same symptoms as mine, I cannot fathom. They must have spent tens of thousands of dollars on me in office visits, medication, physical therapy and other modalities, all without much success. Here is a single device that is easy to operate, portable, and cost-effective, that in a very short time has given me a tremendous amount of relief.
I am so very grateful for my Alpha-Stim. But I am even more grateful to Joseph for going above and beyond and taking a personal interest in my case to get this device into my hands, when all other attempts by others have failed or fallen by the wayside. I owe Joseph a huge debt of gratitude.”
We take pride not only in our life-changing Alpha-Stim devices, but in the quality and dedication of our employees. While Alpha-Stim is available at more than half of the nation’s VAs, patients sometimes struggle to convince their physicians to attempt a treatment modality that is less traditional than medications.
If you struggle with pain, anxiety, insomnia, or depression, Alpha-Stim can help. You may feel like you’re waging an uphill battle to find the right treatment – especially if your doctor has never heard of Alpha-Stim. Our team of highly dedicated, highly trained representatives can make the process painless for you.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries.