Since so many people with neuropathy /chronic pain have attempted several different treatments and therapies to minimize their discomfort (often without success), we launched our exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program which puts potential Calmare Therapy patients in touch with another patient with the same disease / medical condition who has already undergone scrambler therapy with us.
We thought it was a great way to help future patients feel less anxiety about moving forward and it offered the freedom to share experiences and concerns with someone who could relate to their battle.
We have more than 50 previous Calmare patients who are part of this program and volunteer their time to talk with new patients by email, phone or Skype.
Diana Slade, a South African with CRPS who traveled more than 7,000 miles to New Jersey for treatment last year, chatted via email a few months ago with a new patient from Missouri, also with CRPS, prior to her coming here for treatment.
Here’s an excerpt of an email Di sent to the woman in Missouri:
Di’s CRPS Diagnosis and Treatment History:
“I developed CRPS in my foot 6 long years ago after back surgery. I had joint degeneration in my lower spine, chips off L5 and L4, and overall wear and tear (too many horses and motorbikes!).
In all, I had 8 back operations.
I went through every painkiller you can imagine, courses of epileptic drugs, Ketamine creme, and two rhizotomies (an invasive surgical procedure which severs nerve roots in the spinal cord through the insertion of an electrified hot probe to the sensory nerve just outside the joint). After these efforts were unsuccessful, I went through a long, painful and ultimately failed spinal cord stimulator implant.
My husband discovered Calmare on an Internet search and we soon realized Dr. Cooney in the U.S. specialized in CRPS cases. While going for treatment in Italy would have been closer, we decided to fly 15 hours to Newark, New Jersey, USA, for Dr. Cooney’s treatment in late 2014.
Starting Point: Pain Level 10/10
Di’s foot during Calmare Therapy to treat CRPS in her foot. (2014)
When I arrived in the States at Dr. Cooney’s clinic, my pain level was a 10/10.
There was no improvement after 3 daily treatments. But on day 4, everything started to change quickly. (I recall Dr. Cooney smiling wryly at my expression of utter shock).
My pain began to steadily diminish every day after that. After 11 treatments, I left the U.S. PAIN FREE for the first time I can remember. Even sitting on the loooonnng flight back to South Africa–no pain!!
How my life has changed since Calmare
- I am no longer living a ‘blurry life’. ( I do not take any pain medications)
- I can take a shower
- I can easily put-on and take-off a pair of socks
- I sleep for 6 hours straight
- I can finally put my foot in a stirrup again and ride (my business and my passion)
- My family has their Mom back!
Cathy (left) and Di during her treatments at Calmare Therapy NJ
As Dr. Cooney tells everyone, this is not a “miracle cure” but it is a treatment that works for many people — and I was fortunate to have been one of them.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend a spinal implant or pump of any sort. In my experience, there are too many that fail. And then what??
Doc and his staff, especially Cathy, are amazing. Having read your email, what have you to lose? You have a life to regain.
Please shout if I can help you with anything else and good luck!