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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.

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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. 

 

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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:

 

 

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Plantar Fasciitis Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for NJ Woman

August 4, 2017

Rosemary Lombardo was diagnosed with CRPS after treatment for a common heel injury, plantar fasciitis (heel spurs).

Traditional heel spurs therapy–physical therapy, regular icing, crutches, medication–did not lessen her pain.

Eventually, she could no longer walk due to the pain level she experienced.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The New Jersey woman tried traditional CRPS medications and other pain management treatments, but the pain worsened.

She discovered Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment online and read about other CRPS patients who had come from around the world for Dr. Michael Cooney’s treatment, many with lower extremity nerve pain.

Rosemary consulted directly with the doctor and was approved to undergo scrambler therapy.

Rosemary describes her scrambler therapy pain treatment

Is your pain management medication or therapy leaving you still in pain?

You are not alone, first and foremost.

The majority of our patients arrive at our clinic after trying bags full of medications and undergoing painful and invasive treatments,–spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, etc. without achieving pain relief.

If approved for treatment, you will have an opportunity to undergo a painless procedure over the course of 10 days that has no unpleasant side effects.

Calmare treats these conditions that cause chronic nerve pain.

We are happy to provide a live consultation by phone to talk about your neuropathic pain condition. International callers are welcome to connect with us via FaceTime or Skype.

Our friendly team of Calmare professionals can be reached at (201) 933-4440 or CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Reach out to our New Jersey Clinic, located about 10 minutes outside New York City, to talk with us about Calmare. But first, read more about the treatment and how it works.

We wish we could report that Calmare is a ‘miracle’ treatment and will end your pain. For many this has occurred. But it does not work for every patient, for reasons which can be explained, and sometimes cannot.

If you’d prefer we reach out to you, just complete our eCard below and we’ll be in touch within 48 hours:

 

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Scientists ID Brain Mechanism and Possible Fix for Chronic Pain

July 11, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I read an exciting article in ARS Technica, Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain which certainly spoke to me and our Calmare team since researchers at the New York University School of Medicine determined that chronic pain may, in fact, be all in your head.

Their study confirmed and explained why the Calmare device is able to produce very significant chronic pain relief even to patients who have previously undergone medication and other therapeutic efforts.

Nerve damage can confuse the brain’s pain signals

Scientists identified and confirmed that a circuit in the central pain-processing region of the brain causes hyperactive pain signals. It seems the nerve damage deactivates the somatostatin (SOM) interneurons whose responsibility is to diminish pain-firing signals.

By alternating the SOM, we can reduce or eliminate the pain messaging.

We believe this study is a breakthrough and explains why Calmare scrambler therapy is successful, when medications and other more invasive treatments fail.

The application of the 16 distinct algorithms from the Calmare MC-5A device in activating sequences stimulates the brain by sending a “no-pain here” signal and thereby “calming” (Calmare means ‘calming’ in Italian) the interneurons which are hyperactive.

Calmare convinces the brain to stop sending pain signals

Calmare has been effective treating several types of neuropathic (chronic) pain; this type of comprehensive study may be the long-awaited first step in explaining the reason for it.

Could Calmare Be the Solution to Your Treatment-Resistant Neuropathy?

I am proud to be one of only six Calmare-Certified providers in the U.S. I have successfully treated (you will never undergo a treatment performed by any other staff member) hundreds of patients since we introduced this revolutionary, FDA-cleared pain relief device in 2011.

If you have undergone medication and other neuropathic pain therapies, but are still in significant pain, we would be happy to speak with you about your chronic nerve pain.

Contact us directly at (201) 933-4440, via email calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

 

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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.

Star Celebrates Overcoming CRPS Pain with Calmare Therapy

April 18, 2017

Human Resource Manager Star from Alabama battled CRPS for seven years. Since 2010, she tried all the prescription pain medications and (often painful) invasive treatments, without success.

Meanwhile, her pain level continued to increase.

By chance, she discovered Calmare Therapy on Facebook.

After performing due diligence about the treatment and its success treating CRPS, she chose Dr. Michael Cooney to perform her therapy.

Star had lower extremity pain (concentrated in the knee region) and underwent the Calmare 10-treatment series in 2015.

She came in for one (1) booster treatment in the fall of 2016 when she experienced an increase in her pain level.

Star gave us permission to share her recent Facebook post about how she feels today (4/15/17):

“Beautifully Blessed Day!!!
God is so good and I am feeling so much better!!
After 7 years of pain, God’s healing hands and direction leading us to Calmare NJ has changed my life🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻.
I am still off all my previous meds for CRPS and feel pain ever-so-often but briefly and greatly reduced.
So blessed!!!😄
Here what I accomplished just today–
 
Cleaned up on House✔️
Walked Boston✔️
Watch Nephew Luke play baseball✔️
Late lunch with Tim/Michael Buffalo Wild Wings
About to watch movie at home and then out for another walk”👍
Does Your Calmare Provider Offer This Level of Advanced Expertise?

Choosing your Calmare provider is pivotal to your treatment outcome since this therapy is “provider dependent.”

The patient is reliant upon the expertise of the scrambler therapy provider for proper placement of the leads in partnership with the use of the MC-5A scrambler therapy device.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Cooney, is one of the premier Certified Calmare providers in the world.

He has successfully treated hundreds of patients battling neuropathy since 2011 due to RSD, fibromyalgia, PHN from shingles, pain after chemotherapy (CIPN), diabetic nerve pain and unexplained pain after surgery or injury.

Talk About Your Treatment-Resistant Pain with Dr. Michael Cooney

Unlike other healthcare practices, people interested in Calmare Therapy can speak directly with our clinical director about their specific case. You are welcome to submit measurable test results (MRI, Cat Scan, etc.) in advance for his review as well.

Call our friendly Calmare team at 201-933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Callers from outside the USA are invited to pre-schedule call-in consultations via phone or FaceTime.

You are also invited to complete the eCard below:

 

Laura Checks in Six Years After Calmare for RSD & Fibromyalgia

April 7, 2017

Laura is shown walking on grass without excruciating pain for the first time in years after Calmare Therapy (NYC 2011)

We jokingly call Laura from Indiana one of our Calmare Pioneers.

When Dr. Cooney began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, he intended to use it to help his existing medication and treatment-resistant patients.

But quickly, patients and their families battling neuropathy discovered his success using the MC-5A device to lessen or alleviate several types of treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

Laura, a newlywed and special needs school teacher, was severely debilitated by both fibromyalgia and RSD pain and related physical symptoms.

While she was undergoing RSD treatment at the Cleveland Clinic, she saw a post on Facebook by another RSD sufferer which changed her life.

Amanda and Dr. Cooney

Amanda posted that Calmare had given her life back,” Laura recalls. “She wanted to shout to the rooftops to anyone living with chronic pain that there is something out there that truly works.”

Laura and her husband talked and agreed to halt the current treatment regimen and drove to New Jersey to meet with Dr. Michael J. Cooney.

Read more about Laura ‘s Calmare Therapy experience

Laura shares a message six years since her scrambler therapy

Today, Dr. Cooney was delighted to see this message on his Facebook timeline from Laura. (Don’t think Dr. Cooney will forget about you after your treatments are complete. He stays in touch with everyone in the ‘Calmare Family.’).

“Dr. Cooney, I saw an old post from 2011 on my ‘Memories for Today’ and of course I thought of you! The Cleveland Clinic ended up telling me that I was, “In denial about my condition. That I would never improve because RSD has no cure.” My prayers for remission were answered when I found you just a few months later! I’m forever grateful.

You have given me the gift of life without pain and it’s been full of joy again!

Laura is one of those young women you wish you could clone, because she’s just a lovely person inside and out.

Thank you for taking a chance on Calmare, Laura, and we appreciate your unrelenting support since your treatment with us in 2011.

Wishing you every happiness, today and always.

Burning Nights (UK) Features Calmare Therapy for Pediatric CRPS

March 29, 2017

Burning Nights is an outstanding global resource for CRPS sufferers. From clinical trial updates and patient testimonials to a plethora of resources for patients and families, it is no wonder that people worldwide look to founder and CRPS warrior Victoria Abbott-Fleming and her charitable organization for guidance.

Calmare NJ USA has been fortunate to be included as a Burning Nights resource since 2015. Today, Dr. Cooney has shared his third article which highlights the success of scrambler therapy for pediatric patients diagnosed with several types of neuropathy, including CRPS / RSD.

We hope you will visit Burning Nights, if you or a loved one is affected by complex regional pain syndrome to learn more, find support and discover valuable resources.

If you can contribute to their charity, even a little bit, all the better.

Meanwhile, we hope Dr. Cooney’s latest article provides insightful information to parents in search of drug-free, non-invasive treatment to lessen or eliminate their child’s chronic nerve pain.

Wishing you a low pain day.

Laurie’s Calmare Booster Treatments Bring CRPS Pain Back to 0/1

March 13, 2017

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before
Laurie battled CRPS pain on her entire left side and physical symptoms associated with the condition.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Trying Other Pain Management Treatments Without Success

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie tried pain relief treatments including physical therapy and prescription medications. Ultimately she had a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ) implanted but did not achieve sustained pain relief.

After traveling 3,000 to us for treatment, Laurie and her mother shared her outcome here:

Time for Calmare booster treatments

Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic condition, and length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments  can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

March 2017 – Laurie receives a Calmare booster treatment on ler left leg. Due to CRPS, she was experiencing pain on her entire left side.

Just shy of three years since her original 10 daily scrambler therapy treatments, Laurie’s CRPS pain was steadily increasing. But this time, she knew what to do. She scheduled booster appointment treatments. (Laurie had 10 treatments, but some patients require as few as a single treatment).

Laurie on the way back to her hotel after treatment number eight.

When we opened our pain management clinic this morning and checked our Facebook page, we were delighted to be greeted by an image of her smiling and this message:

Feeling ABSOLUTELY amazing right now!! Best I’ve felt yet!! Thanks Dr Cooney!! You’re my hero!! 😘

Have Traditional Pain Management Solutions Failed?

If you are reading this post, then you have not given up the search for the right neuropathic pain solution for you. If you are battling CRPS | RSD, pain after surgery, shingles (PHN), diabetes or chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), reach out to us below and we will put you in direct contact with clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney–who treated Laurie–and performs every Calmare treatment personally–from start to finish.

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