From Diabetes Self Management: New at CES this year > Pain-Relieving Device for Diabetic Neuropathy

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-05-04 09:14:27 -0500
Started 2015-01-15 04:46:25 -0600

Quell, a device that can relieve chronic pain in people with conditions such as diabetes, sciatica, and fibromyalgia, was unveiled this week at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place in Las Vegas from January 6–9

From their Press release :
About NeuroMetrix
NeuroMetrix is an innovative health-care company that develops wearable medical technology and point-of-care tests that help patients and physicians better manage chronic pain, nerve diseases, and sleep disorders. For more information, please visit

I am personally eager to see if this works.

What do you think?

15 replies

laydeebug 2015-05-04 09:14:27 -0500 Report

I actually have a spinal neurostimulator in my back that offers tremendous relief. I can turn it off and on as needed, choose a program (location and type of stimulation) and it helps alleviate the pain in my feet and back. Mine is from Boston Scientific and I've had it without any problems for about 2 years. BTW, mine was covered completely less the $50.00 copay for the OR or surgery suite - outpatient (BCBS PPO at the time)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-15 21:48:28 -0600 Report

Very interesting, James. Thanks for sharing this. I am amazed at some of the new technologies I am hearing about. Anything that helps people who are suffering to have more quality of life is a miracle.

johio 2015-01-15 14:20:58 -0600 Report

not dealing with neuro pain. hope to avoid it. but those who do live with pain will be eager to hear more.

TsalagiLenape 2015-01-15 11:54:03 -0600 Report

Well James not sure of that yet not sure of the pain clinic doctor I have either. Not sure what is going to take care of my pain. :)

RebDee 2015-01-15 10:58:48 -0600 Report

I will wait to see if it works well on all diabetics and if the price won't break the bank.

GabbyPA 2015-01-15 10:32:25 -0600 Report

I have an electrode massage unit I purchased last year at a trade show and it is remarkable how well it works. I use it all over my body. You have limits of how often and long you can use it, but this one is a 24/7 which sounds promising. I am also wondering if it will help with my husband's spasms. I subscribed to their site. It will be interesting to see.

kaseycs 2015-01-15 10:25:29 -0600 Report

I used to have trouble sleeping due to neuropathy and my doctor put me on Cymbalta and I have no neuropathy pain at night anymore.

Boo65 2015-01-15 09:40:54 -0600 Report

Sounds like one of those devices from the late 1800,s to the early 1900,s. Somebody will get something out of it, just not sure who. lol

Richard157 2015-01-15 08:30:04 -0600 Report

Neuropathy is usually caused by too much high blood sugar over an extended period of time. It can also occur when there is a lot of shifting from high to low to high…, even if the highs and lows are not that bad. It is that kind of continuous unstable blood sugars that caused my neuropathy. I used to have neuropathy so bad that I could not sleep much at all, and got out of bed and walked to help with the pain.I worked very hard and talked with other T1 diabetics online, and we discussed things that could reduce our number of highs and lows. I was successful in doing that. Now my neuropathy is minor and does not disturb my sleep. It never bothers me during the day, only at night. I have never used any medication.

AliceJay 2015-01-15 06:30:02 -0600 Report

There are many companies touting all kinds of creams and devices for relief from neuropathy, but many of them do not work. My twin sister and I are both diabetic, but she is on insulin (I just take metformin). She experiences lots of discomfort and pain in her feet from time to time and has tried several creams, but has only found one that seems to help a little. I do not have pain, but the soles of my feet get a tingling sensation which is only a little annoying (is that a form of neuropathy?). I just emailed her an article about a device that you can put your feet on. It is supposed to stimulate them and help relieve pain from neuropathy. I feel that the quell is just another item on the market, but it would be worth a try, especially if there is a money back guarantee on it. My opinion is that everything out there for relieving neuropathy depends upon the individual. It may work for one person, but not for another. I do not know what the cost of this quell would be, but it doesn't sound cheap. However, it may be covered under a person's medical plan. It would be a good thing to do some serious research on this device and then decide if it is something you want to try.

sweetslover 2015-01-15 09:26:44 -0600 Report

I have found a cream at my local Walmart that helps me with my nighttime neuropathy pain. I will be unable to sleep because of the discomfort. I get up and smear some of the cream on my legs and feet and can almost instantly go to sleep. Works for me.