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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.

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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.

A wrist surgery leads to reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( RSD) covering right side of body

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July 2014:  Calmare Therapy NJ Case Study

RSD is a heartless disease. For many patients, it begins near an area of the body which has sustained an injury or surgery and, over time, can spread to other parts of the body. Kim Williamson from upstate New York can certainly relate:

Kim Williamson_FINALKim sustained a right wrist injury that required two surgeries on the top and bottom of her wrist. Her RSD began in her right shoulder but by the time she arrived here in New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy treatment, she was in a wheelchair. The RSD spread down the right side of her body into her leg. The pain from walking was so debilitating, she could no longer walk at all. If she was forced to use her leg, she would drag it behind her to avoid putting any pressure on it at all.

In addition to the chronic neuropathy, Kim has skin discoloration, allodynia, open sores on the upper right arm and difficulty sleeping.

“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I felt like I had lost my life and nothing was normal anymore,” Kim recalls. She was no longer able to work and relied on the standard protocol of RSD painkillers to get through the day.

Kim sees The Doctors” television program about Calmare scrambler therapy

Kim watched the June 2014 episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “The Doctors” which featured Calmare Therapy. “I liked that it wasn’t a painful treatment and didn’t have any side effects,” Kim explains. “I was determined to see if this could help me get even a little of my old life back.”

Kim said, in a best case scenario, she hoped that Calmare chronic pain treatment might help her to walk again and ideally lessen her pain by 80 percent.

Dr. Cooney weighs in on Kim’s case

“You never get used to seeing a Calmare patient arrive for treatment in a wheelchair,” Dr. Cooney says. “It lights a fire in me to help that patient defeat the RSD, CRPS or whatever disease has caused this person to become immobile.” Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., will generally recommend a treatment protocol of 10 daily therapy treatments, lasting 30 to 60 minutes each.

“Although Kim’s case was severe, she responded very successfully to treatment. After three treatments, she was walking again,” Dr. Cooney recalls with a smile. After treatment number eight, Kim was pain-free and her physical symptoms were diminishing just as quickly. Dr. Cooney says he didn’t feel any further treatments were needed at that time because she was without pain and for a sustained period of time.

The whole office was elated to see Kim walk out the door and head back home very differently than when she arrived. She was kind enough to make a video testimonial for Calmare NJ which we’ll share with you soon.

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy. Know your provider.

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

Calmare Certified Location LogoI’ve received several patient queries about the expertise of the healthcare professional who is actually performing the therapy (using their expertise to attach the leads to the patient in the optimal location-based upon the injury and pain region):camare foot image with leads

I’d like to touch on the importance of this question today─

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy

The scrambler therapy is performed by a “provider,” a specially-trained clinician who places each of the leads on the patient, sets the voltage, monitors response minute-by-minute and day-by-day, and makes ongoing adjustments based upon the patient’s response. In my practice, I am the provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no exceptions. 

The Calmare administering healthcare professional must have extensive expertisetraining and understanding to accurately diagnose the precise location of the pain site/s.

This can be easier said than done.

Why? Because the placement of the leads (patches) which are attached to each of the algorithms must be precisely placed in order to alleviate pain. If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job. I have served as a Trainer for the treatment for some new doctors introducing Calmare, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.

What to look for in your Calmare provider

The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified. I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy. Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.

Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead. In my opinion, this vitally important task should only be administered by a healthcare professional specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.

As a reminder, I talk with patient living with severe, treatment-resistant chronic pain every day. Sometimes I recommend Calmare, sometimes other treatment is recommended. Regardless, I’m always happy to offer advice or my opinion. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-444zero.

Calmare booster treatments are ready if CRPS roars

Nice way to end my week–

Mirelle_VA_Image 2_betterMireille was here in March for treatment of CRPS and had a great outcome.

A few weeks ago she fell and hurt her shoulder and the CRPS reared its ugly head. She was here for 3 booster treatments this week and headed back to VA pain-free.

Bring it on, summer weekend, and enjoy everyone.

Dr. Cooney

Thank you to the CRPS / RSD Support Group of South Jersey

Lisa VaseyI thoroughly enjoyed spending Tuesday evening with chairperson Lisa Anne Vasey (shown left) and her inspiring group of 30+ members / attendees who came together for the monthly CRPS / RSD and Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

An interesting aspect to our Calmare Therapy program here in New Jersey is the fact the majority of our patients come from outside the state, and increasingly, outside the U.S.

But thanks to Lisa Anne’s kind invitation, I had the opportunity to talk with several patients fighting this battle right here at home.

If anyone lives in the south Jersey or Mt. Laurel area, I hope you will give this terrific group a try and attend one of their meetings.

Here are the details:

CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South Jersey

Date:  The fourth Tuesday of every month
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:
YMCA of Mount Laurel
The Child Care Center
59 Centerton Road
Mt. Laurel,  New Jersey 08054
 
How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location.  

For more information, contact Lisa at lisav1@live.com .

 

 

 

Join me June 24 at the CRPS/RSD Support Group of South Jersey

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I am honored to be a guest speaker discussing my experience using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat  Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

 
CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South Jersey
Date:  Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:
YMCA of Mount Laurel
The Child Care Center
59 Centerton Road
Mt. Laurel,  New Jersey 08054
How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location.  
  
Contact:
Lisa Anne Vasey is the chairperson of the support group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the YMCA in Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, contact her at lisav1@live.com .
 
Lisa noted that the event is open to anyone living with RSD/CRPS, or another chronic pain condition, as well as friends and family members.