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Dr. Loprinzi from Mayo Clinic reports outstanding outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

I was very pleased to see this national media report from reporter Ben Gruber at Reuters News Service about a doctor at Mayo Clinic who is achieving very positive cancer patient outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat post-treatment pain.

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common but extremely painful condition many cancer patients suffer from as a side effect after chemotherapy treatment. Finding successful pain management solutions to treat this debilitating pain have been particularly challenging.

mayo clinicBut Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, a highly regarded oncologist and professor at  the Mayo Clinic, has been conducting clinical trials using scrambler therapy to help cancer patients for the past three years. Today, he’s sharing his positive findings with the national media about his success using the scrambler machine.

The majority of chronic pain patients we have seen here at Calmare Therapy NJ are being treated for severe chronic pain for additional neuropathic conditions —  fibromyalgia, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-surgical pain.

The recovering cancer patients with CIPN we have treated to date have also experienced outstanding outcomes, however.

Cancer-related neuropathy affects 33% of cancer survivors

Chemotherapy is one of the most common (but powerful and often debilitating) treatments to combat several types of cancer. Thankfully, many patients survive as a result of this drug but thousands are left with chronic pain as a long-term side effect.

A new report states that a third of all cancer survivors experience long-term post-treatment pain after undergoing chemo:

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Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment received its initial FDA clearance as a treatment specifically for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.

Here’s an account of a Calmare patient who came to us here in New Jersey from Europe to treat her ongoing post-chemo neuropathy.

Mayo Clinic has been engaged in Calmare scrambler clinical trials for the past two years. The Massey Cancer Center at VCU has also been engaged in fruitful research.

You can find another clinical trial/research performed by doctors and researchers at the Paul Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin here http://calmaretherapynj.com/clinical-trials-2/u-of-wisconsin-madison-cipn/

Teaching hospitals using Calmare Therapy

The device is currently being used in the U.S. at these key teaching hospitals:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • Paul Carbone Cancer Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison

We talk with patients and families every day about pain

If you or a loved one is dealing with pain after chemotherapy treatment, you know how difficult it can be. Dr. Michael Cooney talks with patients and families every day about if / how Calmare scrambler therapy treatment may help lessen or even alleviate CIPN. Feel free to reach out to the Calmare NJ team.

Talk with someone like you dealing with RSD, shingles or fibromyalgia pain

CALMARE P2P WEB BANNERBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Just about every day, I meet a patient with chronic pain who has already been through a long list of medications and therapeutic pain treatment efforts before coming to Rutherford Allied Medical Group and Calmare NJ.

Justifiably, they are often skeptical when we discuss the merits of a newer alternative neuropathic pain treatment like scrambler therapy.

I certainly can’t blame them.

In fact, this was the primary reason we introduced the Calmare NJ Patient-2-Patient program back in 2012.  It has proven to be one of the best programs we have ever introduced because it allows people who are considering undergoing Calmare Therapy to chat with another person who has the same medical condition and had the treatment.

If you or someone you care about is living with treatment-resistant disease or post-surgical pain, contact us to chat. If we mutually agree Calmare might be right for your situation, ask about the Patient-2-Patient program so that you can find out firsthand what this remarkable treatment can do to help overcome your severe chronic pain.

Dr. Cooney offers tips for people living with postherpetic neuropathy ( Shingles )

Shingles imageIncreasingly here at Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment New Jersey, we are treating more patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 

We have achieved some outstanding results in regard to pain reduction. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

• Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOSThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management

Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.

As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.

These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)

Prioritize your mental health.

PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.

Focus on a healthy diet.

I can’t stress it enough:  Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Exercise in moderation.

Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.

Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.

Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.

Have a positive attitude.

Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.

But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.

With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.

You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (201) 933-4440.

Patient Story

Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here http://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/

Woman from Switzerland finally gets CRPS relief in Rutherford, NJ, USA

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September 2014

Doctor’s Message:

Claudia Berghaus came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Neuhausen, Switzerland suffering from CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ) in her left foot and leg.

CRPS diagnosis after surgery

Her condition started following surgery from a sledding accident in 2012. She required six screws and metal bars to hold the bones (which were eventually removed). But her chronic pain continued.

Claudia_Bergman_Switzerland_9.2014Claudia followed the traditional path for pain treatment: prescription pain medications, physical therapy─ even more surgery to move the nerve.

More physical therapy followed, but her neuropathy only worsened.

Claudia discovered Calmare scrambler therapy for chronic pain on the Internet and researched it extensively in both Europe and the United States.

I was honored she elected to travel to us here in the U.S. to undergo treatment with me, due to my expertise treating RSD and CRPS cases, which are often the most challenging neuropathic conditions to overcome.

After undergoing a long and arduous trip, she arrived in New Jersey, USA with a pain level of 8 even while continuing to use pain medication.

One-hour daily Calmare Therapy treatments commence for 10 days

Following a careful study of Claudia’s medical history and a thorough medicalcamare foot image with leads examination, we got to work. It was clear where her Calmare leads needed to be placed (this is a provider dependent treatment) in relation to her injury and the active spreading path of her CRPS.

The outcome after Claudia’s treatment series

• Claudia is no longer using any medications.
*Her pain levels are consistently between 0 and a 2.
• Her sleep pattern went from a max of 3 hours/night to sleeping soundly through the night for the first time in two years.

Before she left to return to Europe, she took the time to share this  (much appreciated) letter with us:

Dear Dr. Cooney, Cathy and Barbara,

Claudia letter image_croppedThank you for going with me on this journey of mine to fight CRPS in my left foot. Coming here all the way from Switzerland (!) was a very good thing for me to do.

Thanks to the Calmare treatment, I’m off Lyrica twice a day and off the other opioid tablets for good.

There is definite improvement on the pain scale towards 0.

Keep doing what you are doing because it really makes a difference, hopefully not only in my life but for others too.

I’ll keep you posted for sure and I’ll come right back again if ever needed. I came to the U.S. for your treatment and brought with me a huge desire for relief of this pain.

I arrived quite skeptical and now am going back home full of hope and confidence for the future!

Once more, Vielen Dank! (thank you!)

Best wishes,

Claudia from Neuhausen Switzerland

*9.16.14 UPDATE: Claudia just dropped us a message letting us know she arrived home safe, sound and pain-free

Young mother finally achieves pain relief from CRPS after Calmare scrambler therapy

Natasha WagamanNatasha Wagaman, a wife and mother of two young children, was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome ( CRPS ) after breaking her metatarsal and spraining her ankle.

Before discovering Calmare Pain Therapy, she underwent several invasive treatments in an effort to lessen her severe chronic pain:

• Spinal cord stimulator (SCS)
• Three sympathetic nerve blocks
• Various prescription painkillers

Natasha generously shares her firsthand experience with Calmare here:

https://www.youtube.com/editvideo_referrer=watch&video_id=k1jIRV6u44g

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical solution for pain control and drug resistant pain.

If you are considering Calmare, keep in mind this treatment is “provider dependent” which means the patient is reliant upon the healthcare provider’s expertise in the placement of each Calmare lead in order to lessen or resolve the pain.

Choose your provider with great care.

It’s time to focus on alternatives to opioid use for chronic pain

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ

no-pain imageThere was an interesting article about chronic pain in the Chicago Sun Times last week (thank you for sharing it Deena Lotridge) about professional football players dealing with medication-resistant neuropathy.

Essentially, they face the same frustrating scenario that any patient with injury or disease–related chronic pain faces ─ often, the prescribed opioids and strong painkillers just don’t work. And their negative side effects, such as blurred thinking, low energy, depression, social isolation and the expense, far outweighs any short-term benefits.

The most poignant statement in the article states, “To be sure, we cannot continue to rely on opioids over the long-term and must replace them as a treatment method.”

While we appreciate these articles focusing on the healthcare crisis of pain and narcotic use, they always seem to fall short when it comes to specifically outlining the newer and proven alternative solutions to treat pain.

Meanwhile, right here in New Jersey, we are  successfully using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat a myriad of severe neuropathic conditions for patients who were close to giving up ever finding pain relief.

Without media attention on drug-free, alternative treatments for severe neuropathic pain, patients and families have no idea we can help them regain their lives and get back to enjoying life again.

Calmare booster treatments for follow-up pain management care

RAM logoFor patients with severe chronic pain conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any post-treatment return of pain. camare foot image with leads

Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD / CRPS, Fibromyalgia cases, and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

How many booster treatments will I need?

The number of booster treatments required ranges from one to four treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns and subsides and if any environmental issues were involved (stress, weather, overuse of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments and why they can be helpful to some patients.

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If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.

Wheelchair-bound by full body RSD, PA landscaper finally finds symptom relief from Calmare Therapy

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August 18, 2014

We are honored to share one of oRAM logo_originalur most dramatic Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment patient outcomes for a gentleman living with RSD since 2007.

In October 2013, when 52-year-old Pennsylvanian Michael Harris first arrived here in Rutherford, NJ –in a wheelchair — after unsuccessful Ketamine therapy treatments, he shared some very familiar issues he was forced to live with every day:

MH HeadshotI can never relax—not even for a minute—because of this pain.”

“I have tried many different meds, endured so many stays in hospitals– inpatient, outpatient, rehab…and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope for me at this point.”

“My ultimate (dream) goal is to have pain decreased so I can live a normal life and not be miserable 24/7.”

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Seventeen Calmare treatments later, including a subsequent round of booster treatments during the spring of 2014, Michael shares his personal success story, including a startling ‘before and after’ of his chronic skin lesions, a common symptom of severe RSD.

Back in 2013, we agreed that Michael’s case was one of the toughest we had ever seen. But there was nonetheless a steadfast determination that Michael held on to telling him not to give up.

We are honored to know someone like Michael Harris. We know you will enjoy his video story:

Oregonian mother and daughter travel 3,000 miles for scrambler therapy in New Jersey

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And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.

Laurie Mounts during treatment

Laurie undergoing pain-free Calmare Therapy treatment which has no side effects. July 2014.

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome  (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before

Laurie exhibited classic CRPS symptoms including skin discoloration.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).

Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.

Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.

This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.

We are delighted to share their video diary here.