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Our war on RSD continues (thumbs up)

April 30, 2013 

We’re delighted to report not one –but two–positive outcomes in the works with two RSD patients who began treatment last week. They’ve given us permission to share their stories as a vehicle for helping others who may read this (thank you both!).

Let’s begin with Deena from Pennsylvania —

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Click image for Deena’s personal story (April 2013).

In 2008, Deena fell on a wet tile floor and experienced hyperextention of the knee with a grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). A year after her injury, she was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).  Treatment efforts for the past three years have consisted of physical therapy, nerve blocks and painkilling drugs such as Gabapentin and Tramadol, with no positive results.

Unable to walk without pain on the right side from the buttock to her foot, Deena has not been able to work or be fully engaged in day-to-day life.

Living in central PA, Deena felt isolated with her chronic pain, but through Facebook, she discovered other people who were also living with RSD.  Over time, she read about several positive experiences with Calmare scrambler therapy, she called the national headquarters for more information she was referred to Dr. Michael Cooney in New Jersey, who has treated many RSD / CRPS/ Fibromyalgia patients.

When she arrived at Calmare Therapy NJ last week, her lower extremity pain level was severe, 10 / 10. After five treatments, her pain has been reduced to a three  at night only at the original pain site (knee). The rest of her lower extremity pain is gone. Her mobility is vastly improved — she has no more limping or pain when walking and has overcome the allodynia (pain when touched).

Deena shares her story here: http://www.youtube.com/edit?feature=vm&video_id=KFkTEr-uz78&ns=1

Melissa, with full body RSD, heads home with 0 pain

April 1, 2013

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Melissa on the final day of her Calmare Therapy.

We closed the office to celebrate Easter weekend with the best news imaginable. Melissa, who arrived March 20 with one of the more advanced cases of full-body RSD we have seen, completed 9 consectutive treatments lasting about an hour each. When she presented, her pain level was a consistent 10.

As I stated below after treatment 4, we were making progress but the outcome was uncertain. Having treated many RSD patients, at this point I know precisely where to place the leads according to the pain source.

March 27 – Report after treatment 7: 

At this juncture, the neuropathy in the rest of her body is gone. The ankle pain, the original pain site 15 years ago,  is now at a 4.

March 29 – Report after treatment 9 (she didn’t feel she needed the last treatment and is keeping it as a possible booster, if necessary):

Patient reports 0 pain in ankle and body. Pain level decreased from full-body 10 to 0.

April 1 – Conversation with patient back at home

Melissa was also dealing with gastroparesis {stomach issues} which have also cleared to date. She also reported that chronic swelling of one knee, hair loss and nail beds all also improving.

Keep in mind, due to the severity (full-body RSD) and longevity of her condition (15 years), I expect Melissa to require occasional booster treatments on an as-needed basis. Or, conversely, we may never need to treat her again. Every patient’s pain is unique and the way they heal is not assured.

Nevertheless, the reduction in pain of the original injury site, with the additional elimination of pain throughout the body,  provides a marked success with this young woman.

Thank you, Melissa, for your courage to try Calmare even after all the failed therapeutic efforts before it. You’ve officially come out on the other side. You are winning. You have inspired every member of my team not to give up. To keep going. No matter what.

Dr. Michael Cooney

Thank you to 201 Health magazine

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 June 28, 2012

Just received our issue to see a wonderful three-page spread on Calmare Therapy and Dr. Cooney in 201 Health Magazine_2012.

Our thanks to patients, Amanda Davidson and Laura Miller, for offering to be interviewed and photographed for the article. This piece serves as an objective, informative introduction to the therapy and speaks from our patients’ point-of-view. Most importantly, this article proves that the “word” is out about Calmare and how it can help people in pain. Bravo 201 Health!

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