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CRPS Skin Blisters: Another Painful Side Effect

July 17, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

When complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is discussed, the primary focus is the extreme and widespread nerve pain caused by the disease.

The neuropathy can quickly affect mobility, being able to work or attend school, diminish socialization and decrease the overall quality of life.

In cases where the person’s CRPS has exacerbated over a long period of time, some people develop skin abnormalities which can take on varying presentations and can also cause a great deal of discomfort.

For some people, the skin issues result in blisters or lesions that do not heal.

CRPS Skin Manifestations

Approximately 71 percent of patients with CRPS for a duration of at least five years have skin manifestations in varying degrees of severity.

These skin changes usually present in the combination of a rash, mottling, cyanosis or erythema resulting in circular lesions generally up to one inch in diameter.

Some patients’ lesions appear as spontaneous recurring bruises which may or may not be near the pain site/s.

During the course of the condition, the skin can also become shiny and highly sensitive to touch, or even the wind.

Fingernails are ridged, thin, and break easily. Overall, there may also be eventual muscle atrophy (weakness).

In addition to CRPS-specific changes, patients may also experience often have concomitant venous stasis (slow blood flow in the veins, usually the legs), cellulitis (a bacterial infection under the skin surface characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and soreness), and skin ulceration.

Calmare’s Role in Healing Skin Lesions

I have performed Calmare Therapy since 2011. About 40 percent percent of our RSD / CRPS patients arrive at our clinic with some kind of skin abnormality.

The cause of these skin blisters / lesions or malformations is unclear, but my opinion is that they may be attributed to the ongoing result of brain misinterpretation or ongoing blood flow issues.

While we are not sure of the etiology, we have seen a surprisingly rapid decrease (healing) of these skin issues in CRPS patients for whom Calmare is successful.

As you can see from the examples below, the results are very significant after just a 2-week course of 10 Calmare Therapy treatment sessions.

Bridget (name changed for patient privacy):

Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

 

Austin 

This 18-year-old male patient had open sores on his affected areas for such a long period of time, he could not recall when they first presented.

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

Have CRPS Treatment Efforts Failed You?

The majority of our patients have already tried all the medications, painful treatments, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators (SCS), etc., without success.

But even with all these disappointments, they have not given up hope.

If you are battling CRPS, I will speak with you personally about your case and together, we will come to a mutual determination if Calmare might be a suitable therapy option for you.

calmare, pain management, chronic pain, scrambler therapyShould you wish to speak with one of our CRPS patient volunteers who has already had Calmare Therapy, we will be happy to make a referral for you via our exclusive Patient-2-Patient program.

Feel free to contact me directly by calling (201) – 933-4440 or privately email us at Calmarenj@gmail.com.

We will reply to your message within 48 hours.

Until then, wishing you a low pain day, and many more on the road ahead.

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Lauren Writes Letter of Thanks for Her Husband’s Calmare Therapy

May 29, 2018

Robert Vaughn adds his pin to the Calmare NJ USA patient map. May 2018

We were honored to receive this email message from Lauren Vaughn at the conclusion of her husband’s two-week Calmare protocol for CRPS (diagnosed in 2013). The couple generously permitted us to share it below.

“As we approach our last day with you, I wanted to send my sincere thank you!

It has been such a positive experience for my husband and myself! We have seen so much progress!

To see Robert live with 8 or 9 out of a scale of 10 pain level for the past 5+ years has been difficult, to say the least!

You have given us hope for the future!

Within the past two weeks we have observed his pain level decrease to a 3 out of 10! Unbelievable!

Not only is the treatment amazing, but Dr. Cooney and the staff have been such a joy to work with!

From the bottom of our hearts we will be forever grateful!

Thank you for giving our family hope again! Thank you again for your amazing partnership in Robert’s treatment and recovery.”

Quality of life is a gift that few can give and you have certainly given us that back!

Lauren Vaughn

(Robert Vaughn’s wife)
Would you like to discuss an alternative therapy for your treatment-resistant chronic pain that is opioid-free?

First, check out our pages here that describe the Calmare treatment.

Then watch videos of some of our patients who have undergone scrambler therapy.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CalmareTherapyNJ/videos

Fill out the info card below, and we’ll reach out to you at a convenient time for you to chat.

Call our friendly Calmare team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com and we’ll reply within 48 hours.

 

 

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Virginia Nurse Finds Success with Calmare after Traditional Pain Management Fails

February 20, 2018

Zahira Hodge, RN, MSN, a 33-year-old registered nurse from Virginia, was unable to work due to debilitating pain from CRPS. The condition left her unable to be on her feet all day and her chronic pain eventually forced her to make a tough decision to leave a career she loved.

In 2014, after undergoing corrective surgery as the result of an ankle fracture and torn ligaments, the pain in her foot did not subside and eventually began to spread up her leg to her knee.

Unable to determine the root cause of the neuropathy, she had a subsequent surgery to have all of the ‘hardware’ removed from the ankle surgery, to see if this was the cause of her pain.

It wasn’t.

Calmare NJ USA BrainSpan® Offers Patients Additional Diagnostic Data
Trying pain medication, needles, blocks and a spinal cord stimulator

After her eventual CRPS diagnosis, she used her healthcare expertise to undergo a variety of pain management treatments, including prescription and over-the-counter pain medications which only made her feel mentally foggy and exhausted.

She eventually pursued invasive treatments such as nerve blocks, injections and, eventually, the surgical implantation of a spinal cord stimulator (SCS).

Although she initially experienced a few complications following the SCS placement, she was able to get some relief from the CRPS symptoms affecting her ankle. However, the SCS failed to resolve her chronic pain level of 7-9/10 in her knee.

Her husband began researching alternative pain management options on the internet and discovered Calmare Therapy.

“When I read the information and watched the Calmare patient videos, I started to feel very optimistic,” Zahira recalls.

“I had considered DRG therapy, but just couldn’t see putting myself through another invasive procedure.”

Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain
Turning to Alternative Pain Management
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

“I am especially honored when healthcare professionals turn to Calmare as their personal pain treatment choice,” says Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

“They are open to alternative neuropathic pain therapies, especially those that don’t involve using prescription drugs or painful procedures.”

Zahira takes a leap of faith and heads to Calmare NJ USA

When she arrived in New Jersey in January 2018, her pain level was a consistent 8/10 and her pain region extended from her foot to her knee, requiring Zahira to use a cane for mobility.

“I’ll be honest, after all the pain treatment therapies I had already tried, I was skeptical scrambler therapy was going to work for me,” she recalls. “But as Dr. Cooney told me, the worst thing that could happen is it wouldn’t work.”

Thankfully, this was not the case.

After her eighth Calmare treatment, with a little support from our therapy dog Murphy, Zahira’s knee pain was gone and her leg pain was a manageable 1-3/10.

Looking back and driving forward

“Let me be clear–Calmare has changed my life,” she says with a smile. “I am looking forward to doing everyday things again, like driving a car and walking up the stairs unassisted.”

She is also committed to resuming her career and earning her Ph.D. in nursing.

“Taking a chance on Calmare was the best decision of my life. I have my mobility back, which I feared would never return. It was worth the risk. I only wish we had found it sooner.”

Have you tried all the traditional nerve pain therapies and still have pain?

Then you’ve come to the right place, because that’s the medical history most of our patients have as well. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Cooney and our chronic pain-fighting team, call us at (201) 933-4440 between 10 am and 6 pm.

If you are from outside the USA, email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com and we’ll set up a phone or FaceTime consultation in advance.

If you’d like us to reach out to you, just complete the info card below:

 

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Joy Returns for First Calmare Booster Treatments Since 2013

February 8, 2018

Joy Morris Booster_2.18One of our beloved patients, Joy Morris visited the clinic this week to undergo three  booster treatments.

In 2013, she arrived at Calmare NJ USA with a pain level of 10/10 due to RSD pain running from her left knee to her foot.

After 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.

Living a Pain Medication-Free Life

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.

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare in the National Pain Report

Joy Turns to Calmare Booster Treatments

But over the years, her CRPS pain level began to increase, eventually sticking at 5/10.

Joy’s RSD resulted in chronic pain running from her left knee to her foot.

She conferred with Dr. Cooney and he recommended she come to New Jersey to undergo three booster treatments and then access if this would be sufficient to control her pain again.

To everyone’s delight, after three Calmare Therapy sessions, she went home yesterday pain-free.

Joy shares her original treatment experience in 2013 below, on our YouTube channel:

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Calmare Patient Releases New Book About His CRPS Treatment Success

October 27, 2017

Earlier this year, Peter Hinninger came to Calmare NJ as a last resort.

Over the course of 17 long years, he had tried every medication and every treatment, including a spinal cord stimulator (neuromodulation) to lessen his chronic pain.

Still, his pain level hovered around a consistent 7-8 on the Pain Scale.

Peter widened his search for pain relief by researching alternative medicine solutions that would not involve more surgery,  more pain or constant mental fogginess.

He discovered Calmare.

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Peter Hinninger at Calmare Therapy NJ USA

Peter describes his long history with chronic pain and eventual relief after scrambler therapy.

After the completion of his therapy, performed by clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney, he was pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

Eventually, he and his longtime partner wrote a book about his successful treatment, detailing his physical improve day-by-day during the course of his 10 scrambler therapy treatments.

The New Jersey resident’s purpose in writing the book is to let others living in chronic pain know that reducing or eliminating pain does not have to come in the form of a pill or invasive procedure.

“Peter is an exceptionally bright gentleman who documented his pain management treatment with us in captivating detail,” says Dr. Cooney. “Anyone living with chronic nerve pain can appreciate how life-changing achieving a pain-free state can be.”

“Peter’s Foot” is now available on Amazon.com.

West Virginia Woman Battles CRPS after Carpel Tunnel Surgery

October 17, 2017

On Friday, Tonya Shuler completed her final Calmare treatment and prepared to head home to West Virginia, pain-free. A personal trainer, she was diagnosed with CRPS a year ago, after undergoing carpel tunnel surgery.

The majority of her chronic 9/10-level pain was in her arm and hand.

Before coming to New Jersey, the married mother of three adult children had been prescribed several different painkillers including:

  • Gabapentin
  • OxyCondone
  • Cymbalta

None of these drugs offered any significant pain relief and she was also uncomfortable using opioids for an extended period of time.

Eventually, she also tried nerve blocks and injections, which were also ineffective.

Like so many other living with chronic nerve pain she and her family felt like they were out of options. And Tonya’s pain range began to spread.

Learn More about Calmare on our FAQs Page

Tonya heard about Calmare Therapy, an FDA-cleared, painless alternative therapy for neuropathic pain on a CRPS support group website. Since it had no side effects, she and her family decided to try it.

She began scrambler therapy treatment on October 2 and finished Friday, October 13.

“Tonya arrived with a pain level near a 10/10,” Dr. Cooney explains. “But after her final session this morning, she is leaving us pain-free and is off all pain medications.”

Where Do You Turn When Traditional Treatments and Painkillers Don’t Work?

Dr. Cooney says patients often suffer for years before seeking out opioid-free alternative therapy for neuropathic chronic pain.

“The healthcare industry usually prescribes prescription painkillers as the first treatment for chronic pain,” he says. “But in many cases, these drugs don’t reduce pain and become less effective the longer they are used.”

One of six Certified Calmare providers in the U.S., Dr. Cooney introduced scrambler therapy to his practice in 2011 to help his treatment-resident patients battling chronic pain. Today, he treats patients from around the world, including Australia, South America, Israel, Canada and Europe.

To learn more, call our patient and friendly Calmare team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com. International patients may set up a phone-in consultation with Dr. Cooney by confirming a date/time in advance. 

 

Welcoming Dr. Timakkondu, Calmare Physician from India

September 28, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India (9/27/17).

We’re honored to welcome Dr. Kuppusami Timakkondu,  a highly regarded Calmare provider from India who is observing here at the clinic this week.

Dr. Timakkondu is particularly interested in our CRPS, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuritis treatment protocols.

We’re shown here with superstar patient, Emily Blake, who is undergoing booster treatments with us this week. You may recall Emily’s battle with CRPS was chronicled by her daily newspaper in Indiana.

While Emily’s pain level had risen to a 5/10, after her third booster treatment yesterday, September 27, her pain level is down to 1/10, thankfully.

Calmare is a Provider Dependent Therapy. Why You Should Choose Wisely

While Dr. Timakkondu and I may live and practice pain management at opposite ends of the globe, we are united in our war against chronic pain.

Thank you for your insight, your candor and your friendship, doctor.

Is Your Pain Management Failing You?

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic is often a ‘last stop’ for people in pain who have tried all the drugs, injections, surgeries and other painful and invasive therapies to stop their chronic pain.

Scrambler therapy is painless, drug-free and has no side effects. The biggest risk factor is that the therapy will not reduce your pain.

But the majority of people who have undergone scrambler therapy have significantly lessened their neuropathy to a ‘manageable level’ or eliminated their pain completely (our goal).

If you’d like to find out if scrambler therapy might be right for you, call us at 201-933-444, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

Virginia Woman’s CRPS Causes 10/10 Pain and Feet Lesions

May 26, 2017

Debbie Meade’s son begged for her feet to be amputated so she would no longer suffer with excruciating CRPS pain.

Her debilitating chronic pain had spread and was causing severe swelling in her feet, which eventually caused the skin to tear. The resulting lesions did not heal naturally, leaving her open to the danger of infection.

In addition, her pain level was regularly 10/10 on the McGill Pain Scale.

Arriving here in New Jersey using two canes for mobility, her life was about to change dramatically.

Debbie describes her Calmare Therapy experience (May 2017)
Calmare Scrambler Therapy History and Clinical Trial Outcomes

Calmare Therapy is a drug-free, FDA-cleared treatment that safely scrambles the pain message from the brain. It is painless and has no side effects.

The first study on scrambler therapy was published in 2003 by a team of researchers led by Giuseppe Marineo, professor in Delta Research and Development at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy.

His team found that scrambler therapy was effective in reducing pain symptoms in patients with severe, drug-resistant pain from terminal cancer.

Mayo Clinic physician and scrambler therapy researcher Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, reports on his team’s clinical findings with Healio (2016).

Scrambler Therapy Lessens Chronic Nerve Pain

Calmare (the brand name for the MC-5A scrambler therapy device) was later found to also aid in the lessening or alleviation of chronic nerve pain as a result of:

  • chemotherapy (CIPN)
  • diabetes (diabetic nerve pain)
  • fibromyalgia
  • back and neck pain
  • shingles (PHN)
  • failed back surgery syndrome
  • phantom limb pain
  • other neuropathic nerve pain conditions
Using Calmare to Reduce CRPS / RSD Neuropathy and Physical Symptoms

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA has also successfully treated hundreds of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and RSD patients from around the world

To find out more about Calmare and determine if this therapy might be right for your medication and treatment-resident chronic pain, call our friendly and experienced team at (201) 933-4440 or email us below:

 

 

Star Describes her Calmare Therapy Treatment Outcome for CRPS Pain

May 4, 2017

Star and her husband arrived here from Maine a few weeks ago. Seven long years ago, Star sustained a left hand injury, eventually resulting in CRPS, which spread to her whole body, taking away her independence and quality of life.

For those of you suffering from RSD /  CRPS, this story may sound all too familiar…

Star talks about her Calmare scrambler therapy treatments below and kindly allowed us to share her recent Facebook post, where she described her medical history and eventual treatment outcome after 10 scrambler therapy treatments, performed by CRPS specialist, Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director.

Facebook update by Star on May 1, 2017:

“I want to share my journey through RSD/CRPS.

I was injured in my left hand/wrist, which started me on this path through a very lonely hell for the past 7 years. Soon after my injury, I developed RSD/CRPS in my left hand/wrist. Over time, it spread to entire body involvement.

I lost so much during this time like my independence, job, friends, sense of self, and very importantly I lost my will to live. The burning pain and stabbing hurt so bad that no conventional medication or therapy was helping.

I have been through years of physical & occupational therapy, pool therapy, mirror therapy, trigger point injections, 5 stellate ganglion blocks in my neck, HBOT therapy, over a dozen specialists, numerous nerve conduction testing, and the list goes on and on…

I was even considering spinal cord stimulation or Ketamine Coma therapy. Both not FDA approved and extremely invasive procedures.

I am very fortunate that I have an amazing husband, family and close friends that wouldn’t give up on me but more importantly they wouldn’t let me give up on myself and life.

My husband found Dr. Michael Cooney in Rutherford NJ who performs Calmare Scrambler Therapy. I had never heard of this procedure and we did lots of research into it and Dr. Cooney.

I called Dr. Cooney’s office and spoke at length with his staff member, Cathy, and she was so helpful and kind answering all my questions and helping me be at ease about going in for this therapy.

We arrived at the clinic and were immediately greeted by Cathy, Barbara and Dr. Cooney. Up until this point, I was feeling optimistically hopeful that this would be the treatment that finally worked for me. I arrived at the clinic with a 8-10+ pain scale for the past several years–with little to no relief.

After just one treatment, I was already feeling a tiny bit better. Each day, I gradually felt less pain and RSD/CRPS symptoms. (Resting between treatments and for 7-10 days after treatment ends is key to healing).

I left treatment after the 10 sessions feeling like an entire new lease on life had just been gifted to me. My pain levels dropped to a manageable 3-4.

I have been asked if I have been cured and my response is no, this is not a cure, however, it has lessened my pain and symptoms considerably and I am still healing. There is no way to know how long this last , or when and if I would need a booster treatment in the future.

Regardless,  I would do it again and every moment I am not in severe pain and agony, I will always be grateful to those who were a part of my journey and continue to be my special warriors.

I still have a very long road ahead of me in rehabilitation, but now the difference is I have less pain and hope for the future again.

Forever thankful to those who stood by me!!!”

Meet Star via her YouTube Video (click in center)

Would you like to be considered for Calmare Therapy to Combat Chronic Pain?

We are elated to celebrate another successful outcome and a wonderful, full-of-life person regain power over her life and her health. But Calmare is not right for everyone. If you or a loved one is battling treatment- and medication-resistant chronic nerve pain ( neuropathy ) we would be happy to talk with you in more detail about your medical history and pain therapy goals.

Call us at (201) 933-4440, email us your story at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill our the Calmare eCard below and we’ll reach out to you or a caregiver.

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