Jennifer 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
- 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:
- 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.
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:
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!