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Calmare NJ to sponsor Central NJ RSD / CRPS Walk of Hope for a Cure

Hello friends and families affected by RSD,

RSD walk logoPlease join me on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the RSDSA’s “Walk of Hope for a Cure” at Thompson Park in Lincroft (Monmouth County) to show support and raise much-needed money for RSD research.

Calmare NJ is honored to serve as one of the sponsors for this event.

Click here for details on registration to walk or to donate to the cause.

What’s happening at Calmare Therapy NJ this week

Update from Dr. Michael Cooney:

It’s been an informative week. As you know, it’s a challenge for us to “get the word out” about the remarkable outcomes we are seeing in long-suffering patients who are living with several types of advanced chronic pain.

We don’t begin to have the big advertising budgets that the pharmaceutical companies have to market to patients and doctors every day.

How people with chronic pain are discovering Calmare scrambler therapy

So we invite our patients to help us spread the word by sharing their own personal battles against chronic pain.  As you can see from the link above, they tell their stories with genuine heart, soul and inspiration.

(Looking for stories of courage and overcoming adversity?  Watch a few of these videos .  I do — every single day).

With this patient support and sharing, more people debilitated by severe chronic pain as a result of chemotherapy treatment, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia and RSD and CRPS are hearing about this new treatment for pain.

Patient Poll

This week, we took a patient poll and 75%  reported they heard about us from other people, usually suffering with the same neuropathic condition, who (finally) achieved significantly less pain — or went home pain-free. Keep in mind these people  had previously undergone a plethora of invasive and unsuccessful pain therapies — Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, opioids, etc.

Treatment Updates 

Here’s a quick update on some of our patients here for treatment within the past few days:

  • Katie  returned for 2 booster treatments. She left with 0 pain.
  • Kara came for 3 booster treatments but achieved a 0 pain level after 2 treatments and headed back to school.
  • We welcomed a new male patient from California with  CRPS of one lower leg.  After the first 2 treatments, he is experiencing marked pain reduction.
  • Amanda (RSD) came in for 5 booster treatments and left at 0 pain.
  • A female from Virginia with CRPS  had 5 boosters and returned to 0 pain level.

The good news is, the week isn’t over yet. Chronic pain, bring it on. We’re ready.

Scrambler therapy can lessen or alleviate CRPS symptoms including allodynia and severe itching

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

CRPS RibbonAbigail posted a great question here on our website  asking if the other CRPS symptoms (besides the chronic pain) are lessened after Calmare Therapy treatments. I thought it was a terrific query because we focus so much on the MC-5A technology’s ability to reduce pain that we may overlook the added benefits of reducing or eliminating the additional physical symptoms of the syndrome.

Those of you with RSD and CRPS know all-too-well the symptoms I am refCalmare Technology 2012erring to ─

• chronic burning
• severe itching
• extreme skin sensitivity to touch (allodynia)
• open sores
• numbness
• changes in hair and nails
• swelling
• stiffness of joints

The good news is that most – if not all — of these “secondary symptoms” will dissipate once the pain is controlled.

When our RSD and CRPS patients volunteer to make video diaries of their experiences, we try to show the marked changes from their physical side effects ‘before’ and ‘after’ Calmare treatment.

As you can see in this outstanding Calmare patient testimonial from our patient Mr. Harris, the improvement is very significant.

imageUnlike other healthcare practices, we welcome your calls and questions.

You are more than welcome to contact us at the office to talk about your medical history. If we busy with patients, just leave your information with Barbara or Cathy and we (truly!) will call you back.

More often than not, I will call you myself!

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.

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.