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NPR offers story about “invisible” disease called chronic pain

NPROn this cold and dark January afternoon, we wanted to share this NPR story  featuring a small group of people living the best they can with pain that never stops.

These neuropathic pain statistics shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows someone who is suffering:

  • 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain or about 33% of the entire population.
  • The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion yearly in medical expenses and lost wages.
  • A study of U.S. pharmacy records finds the number of Americans filling prescriptions for opioid painkillers has declined yet people who are still able to get those drugs are using them for longer amounts of time.

The  Dec. 24 NPR episode discusses the frustration chronic pain sufferers feel when everyone tells them they don’t ‘look sick’ and maybe their issues are ‘all in their heads’…

Yes, we know, those of you reading this can probably relate. As we’ve stated from the first day we introduced Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment, the painkillers are not the solution to pain.

However, believe us, fighting the advertising budgets of the big pharmaceutical companies continually pushing these drugs to patients, doctors and hospitals, is the battle of a lifetime.

But it’s a war we are more than willing to fight.

Calmare Therapy bringing together the global pain community

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

world-mapLast night, (with the chair next to my air conditioning vent and two fans blowing on me due to the incredible heat wave we’re experiencing…) I was thinking about a patient I am treating this week from Louisiana.

Louisiana?

A few years ago, my patients were locals from the Bergen County, New Jersey area.  My sole purpose for introducing Calmare was to offer a drug-free, pain-free alternative treatment just for my own patients who did not respond to PT or chiropractic therapy. (I have been in pain management for a long time and still don’t believe drugs are the solution for acute or chronic neuropathy).

Little did I know that my certification as a Calmare provider would open the door to patients from around the U.S. and even the world. Today, our staff spends a good portion of each day helping out-of-town patients secure travel and local accommodations near our office.  From California to Mississippi, Maryland and Indiana, we have met wonderful people from just about every state.

Then, just this morning, we confirmed our first patient coming next month from Australia.

Australia?

The MC-5A machine has the capacity to help so many people living in pain every minute of every day. Can it help everyone? Unfortunately, no.  But I am consistently seeing significant decreases in pain levels (as well as pain levels reduced to 0) in 80 percent of the patients I am treating.

Way back when, after I introduced Calmare for my own patients here in my little corner of New Jersey, I had no idea the geographic doors it would open. I am honored.  More importantly, we are more determined (than ever) to get the word out and help people from anywhere and everywhere. Welcome all. Let’s get to work.

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–

It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi.  But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments.  He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.

Medical History:

He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.

Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands.  He began Calmare scrambler therapy  May 20 with a pain level of 7/8.  After four Calmare treatments,  he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10. 

He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below: 

Matt from MS
R. Matt Hannon

“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey.  I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.

Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.

I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!

My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator.  But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).

Truth?  I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon

Mother of teen with fibromyalgia shares Calmare experience

Katie Salmon(You may recall last year that Pennsylvania teen Katie Salmon came to us after missing months of school due to pain from fibromyalgia after a sports injury. She responded extremely well after Calmare Therapy last Spring. Katie was here for a few booster treatments for the first time since we saw her last spring. Her mother, Sue, sent us the letter below, which explains why we love to come to work every single day).

February 2013

Hi Dr. Cooney,

We cannot thank you enough for your Calmare Therapy. Last year at this time, our daughter Katie was at a constant level 8 pain ─ curled up in a ball of pain, taking ridiculous amounts of pain meds (that did nothing but prevent her from even finishing a thought). This was no way for anyone to live, let alone a 17-year-old. She missed 70 days of school…

Here we are, 10 months after her Calmare Therapy and she has her life back! Katie’s senior year in high school has been fantastic. She is president of her class, active in our church, attends football games, dances and is captain of her school’s Red Team.

Amazing. She is headed to college next year and looking forward to her future.

Words cannot express our gratitude to you and your staff for giving Katie her life back! Hope you are all doing well. We think of you often.

Sincerely,

Sue Salmon

Kenley prepares to leave NJ–wheelchair free

January 17, 2013

no wheelchair imageSince we started providing Calmare Therapy, we have seen some remarkable patient outcomes that we will never forget. During the past two weeks here in New Jersey, our patient Kenley, from West Virginia, has experienced a tremendous outcome that we would like to share─

PATIENT HISTORY

She started treatment with us Monday, January 7. Kenley is a smart and kind 24-year-old who has been wheelchair-bound with RSD from her left knee to her foot for the past two years. Her dream is to overcome the RSD pain and be able to return to college.

CALMARE PAIN THERAPY – TREATMENTS 1 – 8

When she arrived, her pain level was 8-10. After her third treatment, she left with a pain level reduced to a 2. It increased that evening but each might her pain decrease lasted for a longer span of time. Yesterday, we completed treatment number eight and she walked out of the office reporting a 0 pain level for the first time. Best of all, she did not use her wheelchair when she left (which brought tears to my front office staff).  Kenley also said,  “I have been wearing loose slippers for so long I had forgotten what it’s like to wear real shoes–I love it!”

TODAY – TREATMENT 9

When she arrived this morning, Kenley was walking without the wheelchair, although taking tentative steps. She reported some overnight muscle soreness which I attribute to using her legs independently again for the first time in two years (there is “good” pain sometimes). Hopefully, Kenley can videotape her experience and share it personally with you all. She has an inspiring story to tell and we are honored to be part of it.

Dr. Michael Cooney

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