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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:

 

Mayo Clinic shares another CRPS patient positive outcome after Calmare Therapy

October 23, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Slowly but surely, the major research institutions are beginning to recognize what we’ve been doing here in New Jersey for the past four years is truly worth studying and testing–

mayo clinicYesterday, the Mayo Clinic reported on another clinical trial patient battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the remarkable outcome she achieved after undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy treatments.

Patient Quotation (excerpt):

“I had accepted the fact that I’d probably live my entire life in pain,” she says. “Now, the scrambler is working wonders for me. For the first time in five years, I feel like I’ve finally found a treatment that can permanently change my future.”1

How does Calmare’s scrambler device work?

The Mayo Clinic explains (excerpt):

“Scrambler therapy works by using a nerve stimulation device to mix another signal into the transmission from the damaged nerves to the brain. Basically, it replaces the information that signals pain with information that does not signal pain. The therapy involves placing electrodes connected to the scrambler device on the skin near damaged nerves. The scrambler sends painless electrical signals to those nerves that they relay to the brain. The new signals break the pain cycle and retrain the brain to understand that it is not really experiencing pain.”1

Ensure your Calmare provider has extensive expertise treating CRPS and RSD successfully

I’ve stated this before but it bears repeating:

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy:

camare foot image with leadsYour Calmare doctor determines the exact placement of your leads (key to transmitting the pain signal messaging) in accordance with the original injury site.

Depending on the patient’s response, these leads may need to be moved at some point during the 10-treatment series.

The doctor must understand the anatomy of the body and the manner in which the pain message is being transmitted to and from the brain in order for Calmare to optimally do its job.

If the doctor does not accomplish this task, the patient’s pain  and symptom relief can be significantly diminished–or not successful at all.

Calmare Certified Location LogoTwo key questions to ask your potential Calmare provider:

  1. Are you Calmare Certified?
  2. How many patients have you successfully treated with (your specific medical condition): CRPS, RSD, PHN, CIPN, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain…

Scrambler Therapy can relieve debilitating pain and symptoms from several neuropathic conditions

Here in New Jersey, we specialize in treating CRPS and RSD. But we have also achieved outstanding patient outcomes treating many other conditions as well:

I’d like to learn more about using the Calmare device to treat my chronic pain condition

Great!  You can call us directly at 201.933.4440 and talk with our CRPS team specialists (or ask to speak to me directly). If I’m with a patient, I’ll call you back. You are also welcome to email me at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Or fill out the information below and we’ll reach out to you:

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