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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.

Another shingles — post hepetic neuralgia — patient has great outcome after Calmare Therapy

shinglesIt’s been another fruitful week here in the trenches of the war on chronic pain. You might recall about six months ago I treated Joan from New York,  a former pharma executive, for post herpetic neuralgia ( PHN ) or shingles, and she experienced a very positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.  She generously wrote a letter about her experience, from a patient point-of-view, which she generously allowed us to publish.

This week, I began treating a male patient in his 70’s, a former physics professor, interestingly, presenting with PHN as well.  He has been suffering with this disease and the ensuing chronic pain since 2007.

When he arrived Monday, his pain level was an 8 to 9 on his right flank.  His stated goal was to ultimately reduce his pain to level 2.  Following today’s treatment (#5), he stated the pain level went from a 4/5 (Friday pre-treatment) to a 1/2 for the first time.  He and his wife were elated, to say the least. And this is only the first week of his 10-treatment scrambler therapy regime.

Coincidentally, the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore just published results from their own study using Calmare to alleviate pain specifically for PHN pain and and reported an outstanding  95 percent reduction in pain for these patients. Their researchers called for additional testing based upon these promising results. You can read about this study, published by the  National Institutes of Health, here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23838448?dopt=Abstract

As for my patient, I expect his pain may creep up a bit over the weekend but he has five more treatments scheduled for next week.  We all have high hopes for even more good news ahead.

Wishing everyone a relaxing, low pain weekend.

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 scrambler therapy clinical study news: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy to be presented June 1:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.” PHN is a chronic, painful burning condition affecting nerve fibers and skin.

Why is this important?

Continued independent clinical trial studies confirm that Calmare scramber therapy offers substantial and ongoing relief from several sources of chronic pain, including cancer and chemotherapy-related treatment.

Abstract:

Background: Post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) is common in cancer and hematologic malignancy patients. It can be debilitating and difficulty to treat effectively. Scrambler therapy, a patient-specific neurocutaneous stimulation device, can be effective in treating chemotherapy induced neuropathy (JPSM 2010) and other neuropathic pain (JPSM 2012).

Methods: We treated ten patients, 2 with cancer as their primary diagnosis, with refractory PHN Scrambler therapy at two institutions. Scrambler therapy was given as 30 minute sessions daily for 10 days. Pain was recorded before and after treatment.

Results: The patient mean age was 54 ± SD 13 years, 6 men and 4 women, with a mean duration of PHN for 15.6 months (range 2.5 to 48 months) without satisfactory relief despite conventional drugs. The average pain score rapidly diminished from 7.64 ± 1.46 at baseline to 0.42 ± 0.89 at one month, a 95% reduction, with continued relief at 2 and 3 months. Patients achieved maximum pain relief with less than 5 treatments.

Conclusions: Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on PHN, with prompt and continued relief and no side effects. Further research is warranted.

Philly Dad and Ohio Mom end their children’s RSD pain with Calmare

March 26, 2012

During the past month, we’ve met some remarkable patients from around the U.S. who have come here to Rutherford for Calmare Therapy. The past few years for the Bailor and Schmidt families have been fraught with worry, frustration and medical bills. Their children contracted reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and their parents dedicated every available moment to finding a solution to end their children’s chronic pain.

Words cannot describe how gratifying and heartwarming it has been to see these children respond so positively to Calmare treatment. These wonderful kids went back home pain free (0 pain level)  and quickly stepped back into the lives they had left behind due to chronic RSD pain. Thank you to both families who so generously shared their personal stories with us.  They did so hoping that their stories would reach other parents in the same situation.

Kaitlyn Bailor – 16-years-old          J. Schmidt – 12-years old

Helping Fibromyalgia sufferers find pain relief with Calmare Therapy

March 15, 2012

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Rutherford Allied Medical Group

I have been treating people in pain for more than 30 years. Providing successful pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers has been especially challenging because many, if not most, therapies are often unsuccessful. As a result, patients are ultimately dependent on pain medications for relief, which can introduce its own set of problems and ongoing expenses. The chronic nature of fibromyalgia symptoms interferes with job performance and attendance, personal relationships and ultimately dampens the overall quality of life. Women are ten times more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

Experiencing fibromyalgia pain relief firsthand

FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment uses a drug-free, non-invasive, biophysical scrambler therapy to transmit a “no pain” message from the brain to the area in pain using electrodes similar to what you might use for an EKG. After administering Calmare for more than a year, we have experienced an average success rate of 89 percent treating advanced cases of fibromyalgia even when the patient is also suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). After years of research and testing, we selected this revolutionary therapy as a new, non-invasive solution for our own patients suffering with several types of treatment-resistant chronic pain.

But let me be clear─Calmare is not a “one-time-only” miracle cure. This FDA-cleared therapy is (typically) administered during a 10-treatment series lasting about 45 minutes to an hour for each session. However, booster treatments may be necessary months or years later, depending on the severity and length of time the patient has been in chronic pain.

The importance of your Calmare Therapy administrator

Should you choose to undergo Calmare Therapy for fibromyalgia or another type of chronic pain, a word of advise─make sure your therapy is performed by a doctor who has advanced expertise in understanding the musculoskeletal system and how pain is communicated between the brain and the receptors in the body. If your therapy is performed by someone with less expertise, your results may be diminished. Also, there are currently only seven providers in the U.S. who have been certified to perform Calmare Therapy, including myself.

If you’re a fibromyalgia sufferer, don’t give up the fight to find a cure for your pain. For inspiration, we invite you to watch a few videos of some of our patients whose lives have been changed because of Calmare Pain Therapy. I am always available to answer any questions or talk about your particular healthcare situation. Feel free to contact me anytime.

About Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Michael Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is the first and only doctor in the state of New Jersey to offer Calmare Therapy and one of seven in the U.S. to be certified by Competitive Technologies. Calmare has proven to be successful in the treatment of pain as a result of injury, RSD, fibromyalgia, radiating pain, cancer and chemotherapy treatment, diabetic pain, back and neck pain, post surgical pain, failed back surgery syndrome, and general neuropathy. To learn more, call (201) 933- 4440.

New Report: Chronic pain costs the US $558 billion a year

The Institute of Medicine reported on Wednesday that chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Their latest findings report that our nation has a “moral imperative” to find viable solutions to help people living with chronic pain.

I’d like to share this article published by The Associated Press (AP) yesterday, which offers an overview  the Institute’s in-depth report. For those of us at Rutherford Allied Medical Group, this report serves as important encouragement and inspiration in our chronic pain therapy solution offering Calmare Pain Therapy: 

Treating pain better should be a priority, report says

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday.

Chronic pain is costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found. That’s more than the cost of heart disease, the No. 1 killer.

All kinds of ailments can trigger lingering pain, from arthritis to cancer, spine problems to digestive disorders, injuries to surgery. Sometimes, chronic pain can be a disease all its own, the report stressed.

Pain management is “a moral imperative,” the report concludes, urging the government, medical groups and insurers to take a series of steps to transform the field.

“We’re viewing this as a critical issue for the United  States,” said Dr. Philip Pizzo,  dean of medicine, who headed the months-long probe.

Walter Reed Memorial using Calmare Pain Therapy

 The Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Command approved the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment at their flagship medical center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., for injured soldiers and other military personnel.

 According to the American Pain Society, nine out of 10 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return home with some form of pain and about 60 percent have significant pain, mainly from the “cumulative effect of exposure to recurring blasts.”

 “The pain constellation exhibited by returning service members is the most complex situation I have ever seen in my 30 years of practice and calls for a revolutionary new approach to simultaneously address the spectrum of shared, common symptoms across these severe disorders,” said Michael E. Clark, Ph.D., clinical director of the Veteran Administration’s largest pain management and rehabilitation program in Tampa.

Not all wounds of war leave a scar. Some of the worst injuries are incurred when soldiers are jolted during travel, protecting themselves from attack, or surviving an explosion where the soldier is thrown, but not visibly wounded. These injuries are often the worst. Left untreated, this can result in muscle skeletal joint pain, a chronic aching that won’t go away. Use of Calmare Pain Relief Therapy provides chronic pain relief without addictive pain medications or invasive surgery.

 Rutherford Allied Medical is proud to offer Calmare Therapy, available in fewer than 20 locations nationwide.

 Dr. Michael Cooney

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