Category Archives: Radiating pain

Joy’s Calmare Therapy for RSD reinvigorates her health ─ and her checkbook

Joy Morris_3.2014You may recall Joy Morris was here with us last summer for the 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy  to combat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) located in her left knee down through her foot. When she arrived, her pain level was 10/10.

Since her successful therapy, (she left New Jersey at a 0 / 10 pain level), her chronic pain from RSD diminished to the point that she no longer needed any of the 10 pain medications she was prescribed. But the good news didn’t end there.

Once Joy was free from all the pain pills, her overall health and well-being improved dramatically:

  • She began to have more energy and lost a significant amount of weight.
  • In turn, she soon no longer needed high blood pressure medication.
  • Joy no longer needs medication for elevated liver enzymes which returned to a normal range as a result of post-Calmare weight-loss and the elimination of pain drugs.

The benefits of life without pain medications

“In less than a year, I lost 55 pounds and three dress sizes!” the West Virginian mother and grandmother says. “You’d be surprised how alive and active you can be when you aren’t living every day in the pain medication haze.”

Since Calmare, Joy says she has saved nearly $7,000 in doctor visits and prescription drug costs. “This has been a very good thing because I was able to use the savings to buy a new wardrobe!”

“Last week, before Joy’s two Calmare booster treatments, her pain level had intermittently increased as high as a 7 but hovered around a 3. After two boosters lasting 40-minutes each, she left at a 0 pain level again,” Dr. Cooney reports.

“Joy is a vivacious, happy person who deserves to live a pain-free life. Her RSD was one of the more severe cases I have treated; I am very pleased that she was able to sustain a 10-month span before she needed any follow-up treatments.”

 

 

 

Yes, I am a chiropractor, also

February 7, 2014

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This week I’ve had two different patients tell me they didn’t know I was a chiropractor; rather, they assumed I administered Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively.

I have actually been a practicing chiropractic physician in Bergen County for more than 30 years at Rutherford Allied Medical Group here in Rutherford. Some years ago, I was frustrated that we had some patients for whom traditional chiropractic services, and even alternative therapies such as acupuncture, did not lessen or alleviate their acute or chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Kelly, our staff physician, and I agreed we would not resort to him prescribing painkillers, in most cases. Thus, our search for another solution let us, finally, to Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.

Every day, we see patients who live down the street or across the country (as far away as Europe and Australia) in need of pain management to rid them of acute and the most severe chronic pain.

Everyone on our team truly loves being here (and we’ll tell you when you’re here, believe me) because we have an opportunity to use our skills and today’s technology to help people in pain.

I truly have the best job in the world. Good weekend all!

 

How to know when you need a pain management specialist

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

back_painChronic pain can sneak up on you.  You’re diagnosed with a disease / condition that causes constant pain and before you know it, months or even years have passed and you are still living in pain and relying on your original treating doctor for pain therapy treatment.

One of the complaints we hear most often from our patients is the fact that they waited “too long” before consulting with a doctor who specializes exclusively in treating neuropathy. Don’t get me wrong – this is certainly not a dig at physicians or doctors in general. Rather, it is a discussion about when the time comes to find a doctor who specializes in your condition and offers a wide spectrum of expertise and resources to help you.

Might you be in this situation?  Here are some guidelines to know when the time is right to find a pain management specialist:

Your pain just won’t go away.

If you have pain that is not significantly minimized after three months.

Family and internal medicine doctors specialize in many areas of healthcare. Pain management practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Pain specialists are trained to evaluate complex pain problems and have a wide variety of treatment options you may not know about.

You want to stop taking prescription painkillers and utilize alternative treatments which are drug-free, pain-free and have few, if any, unpleasant side effects. 

Pain specialists have a wide spectrum of traditional and alternative treatments to battle several types of neuropathy from physical therapy to acupuncture and newer non-invasive pain treatments.

You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping.

Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.

In my case, as a chiropractic physician, we’ll implement therapies that don’t even involve the use of medications, in many cases. (This was my original impetus to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment to my patients).

You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery.

Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.

Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.

Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.

When a doctor has utilized all the methodologies at his disposal but the pain is still present, it may be time to seek out a pain management specialist.

Don’t we all want to live our lives without any pain? Don’t settle and don’t give up. There are a wealth of viable, high quality treatments to combat many types of neuropathy. Find a doctor who understands the origin of your pain and offers a detailed treatment protocol strategy designed specifically for you.

Once treatment begins, call or email your doctor and give him an update about how you are feeling. Don’t politely wait until your next appointment. If something isn’t working, your doctor can make changes and adjustments. Always remember, as a patient, you are the doctor’s customer.

A young mother with severe RSD tries Calmare scrambler therapy

Jennifer Torres McCarroll with Dr. CooneyJennifer McCarroll, a young mother of two young children, has lived with severe RSD, day-in and day-out, since she was injured 12 long years ago when her wrist was severely injured resulting in an eventual RSD diagnosis. Determined to get her life back, she aggressively underwent a plethora of pain therapy efforts over the years including:

  • Powerful medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Ketamine creme

Unfortunately, she garnered little or no pain relief. After reading about Calmare Therapy on a Facebook RSD Support Group page, she presented to us with a consistent pain level of 10 / 10 and these physical symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Severe allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Ongoing cramping

From the start, I explained that the longer a patient has lived with the RSD, the longer treatment results will take, in most cases. After examining her and talking at length about her medical history, I determined Jennifer’s case was one of the most severe RSD conditions I had seen to date.

An Update After 10 Treatments

After treatment #10, Jennifer’s pain is down to 3.5 for the first time in more than a decade. Her physical symptoms have significantly diminished as well ─ she has no more swelling; the skin discoloration is gone; her allodynia is at a mild level and cramping occurs only when she lifts her arms over her head.

Moving Forward

We are continuing this week with five more treatments (11-15) with the goal of achieving 0 pain for Jennifer for the first time since she can remember.

Jennifer shared this public message on Facebook (which meant the world to us) and permitted us to share it here:

Hello!

I hope everyone will take a minute to read this…

 I have lived with RSD since 2001 you would be surprised how easy it is to hurt your body or damage it. I have seen so many doctors–some tried to help my pain, but as I progressed, most doctors didn’t know what to do.  Some put me through some of the craziest procedures… ,some where more understandable, and some felt it was “all my head”…

I have gotten up for 12 years every day and I suck-it-up and bite the pain because I am a mother.. So when I asked myself, “Did I try everything?” I can say “YES!”

I have lived with a pain level of 10/10 all this time.

I really lost hope believing I could ever be what I call normal (no pain).  Then I read about Calmare Therapy on the Internet.  I figured it couldn’t make me any worse than I already was so I went to Dr. Cooney.

 Now, 10 Calmare treatments later, and I’m feeling about a 3-5 pain level. Dr. Cooney has been doing my Calmare and I think he’s the best (patient, nice, caring). His office staff is really great too. They make you comfortable to be there and for people with high pain (we’re never comfortable no matter where we are)…they make you smile.

Thanks Dr. Cooney!  I love being able to hug my Mom and my kids again which I haven’t been able to do for so, so long.

Thanks Calmare Therapy!

Johns Hopkins doctor / researcher studies Calmare declares he’s a “believer”

national pain report

Dr. Thomas Smith reported today in the National Pain Report that after four long years of studying Calmare scrambler therapy, his findings found:

“We’re not talking about a 10 percent reduction in pain. We’re talking a 50 to 80 percent reduction in pain, which is exactly what one sees with spinal cord stimulation,” says Smith.

 As reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, while Calmare  has been used primarily to treat neuropathy, it  has also been used to treat other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, back pain, and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD).

Overall, I thought this report was forthright and finally confirms what we’ve been saying all along. Once we hear good news from the Mayo Clinic study, more people in pain will hear about scrambler therapy and seek treatment. The insurance companies will finally be forced to face the reality of the cost effectiveness of this alternative solution to pain and properly cover this treatment.

Our day is coming.

Dr. Cooney is now a columnist on SpineUniverse.com

spine-universe logoI was pleased to be asked by spineuniverse.com to act as one of their columnists. I will be writing about drug-free, non-invasive treatments for chronic pain connected to the back and spine (which includes just about any pain). 

Besides being one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy, I look forward to sharing some of the therapies I have used with patients in pain as a result of acute injury, chronic disease, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN ).

If you’d like to take a look, here’s my inaugural article about the value of music therapy for chronic pain patients http://www.spineuniverse.com/blogs/cooney/tune-turn-down-chronic-pain

When Calmare Therapy links India to Pennsylvania

indiaEven after using the Internet and social media every day for many years, it still never ceases to amaze me. This morning is a perfect example:  I received a message from a physician in India who is using Calmare Therapy for his patients there, with equally successful patient outcomes. He found our practice after watching our patient, Deena Lotridge, share her Calmare story on YouTube

We’ve sent Dr. Kuppusami a response and look forward to sharing a common bond (and clinical experiences) with each other, even if his practice is several thousand miles away.

Unfortunately, the ties the bind that two of us are pain. But, together, on different sides of the world, we fight the battle side-by-side.

Pain management physician at Johns Hopkins recommends pharma tech undergo Calmare Therapy for RSD pain

Amy Horwitz headshotForty-six-year-old Amy Horwitz is a bigger-than-life, vivacious, “mover and shaker”. So when complications from a 2010 neck surgery left her immobilized and bedridden, her whole life was turned upside down. She was no longer the care-free, independent woman she used to be. Not only did Amy become dependent on a cane or walker to get around, but her husband had to quit his job to stay home and care for her.

She knew it was time to seek professional help to figure out the source of her never-ending chronic pain. “I felt like I had a boa constrictor going around my legs. I felt pain everywhere from my head to my toes,” Amy explains. “My pain was literally off the charts.”

The former pharma tech is handed scripts for painkillers

Amy's hand before Calmare Therapy

Amy’s hand before Calmare Therapy

Desperate for relief, Amy visited several highly regarded medical specialists, including an orthopedist and a neurosurgeon. But instead of receiving a diagnosis, she was told that her pain was psychogenic (in the mind) and she received a myriad of prescriptions for antidepressants, muscle relaxants and strong narcotics, including the highly addictive Oxycotin. As a former pharmaceutical tech, Amy was well aware of the debilitating side effects of these narcotics, some of which she had experienced firsthand. “I wanted relief─but did not want to live my life dependent on expensive and dangerous pain medications,” says Amy.

Amy and her husband face the source of her chronic pain–head-on

Disappointed but not defeated, Amy took matters into her own hands. With the help of her devoted husband, they conducted extensive research of her symptoms on the Internet and agreed in their mutual self-diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). She immediately made an appointment with a top RSD specialist at John Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. After hearing of Amy’s desire for a drug-free solution to her chronic pain,  her doctor  recommended a newer treatment for pain that tricks the brain’s pain signal and is showing great results for RSD sufferers–Calmare Therapy

Calmare uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach to pain management. It is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin to deliver a ‘no-pain’ message directly to the nerve. After Amy’s online research turned up numerous success stories from RSD patients treated with Calmare Therapy, she was finally feeling hopeful. She left her home in Maryland and headed to the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in NJ to meet Dr. Cooney, the man with the machine that she hoped would give her back her life.

Amy's hand after treatment.

Amy’s hand after treatment.

When Amy first arrived at Dr. Cooney’s office on May 20, 2013, her pain was a 10 / 10 on the Pain Scale. After just one 45-minute Calmare treatment, she started to feel immediate relief. After nine more sessions, one per day, her pain level dropped to 2 / 10. “The swelling on my hands had gone down and the pain in my legs had significantly improved. I am finally able to move on my own. I can honestly say I feel like myself again for the first time in years,” says Amy. She is still amazed by the fact that she can grab a glass and put ice in it herself. “It is an incredible feat for me,” laughs Amy.

She is very grateful to Dr. Cooney for making it possible. “I can’t believe how lucky I was to have met him,” she says. “He is the nicest doctor I have ever known– caring, considerate, thoughtful, great bedside manner–and most of all–a great heart. I don’t know what I would have done without him.”

Amy starts on her own mission to help others with RSD

While Amy is not completely pain-free, she says she can finally see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Now she wants other people suffering from chronic pain to see that light as well. She has already referred several patients from her RSD support group to Calmare Therapy and she’s planning to call as many media outlets as she can in Maryland to tell them about this side-effect-free treatment for many kinds of chronic pain.

Amy does not know what her future will bring. She hopes to try yoga and ride a rollercoaster again. But one thing she knows for sure is that, “I’m moving and I’m not stopping  ever again.”

More patients rejecting doctor-recommended spinal cord implants and painkillers to combat chronic pain

ksl tvOn Friday, June 7, there was a great TV news story from Utah about several  Utah men with chronic neuropathy, foot pain, and RSD who took a chance on Calmare Therapy and finally found substantial relief from severe pain. We’re not sure why there weren’t any women profiled in the piece, but we’ll take any news we can get…) http://www.ksl.com/?sid=25506361&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-5

News reports, blog articles, research news and patient stories–we will get the word out.  Painkillers? Painful and invasive pain treatments? Your days are numbered.

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–

It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi.  But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments.  He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.

Medical History:

He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.

Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands.  He began Calmare scrambler therapy  May 20 with a pain level of 7/8.  After four Calmare treatments,  he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10. 

He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below: 

Matt from MS

R. Matt Hannon

“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey.  I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.

Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.

I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!

My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator.  But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).

Truth?  I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon