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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.

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Honoring CRPS and RSD Awareness Month

November 1, 2016

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For more than five years, we have met courageous and resilient emi-hewatt_mom_dr-cooney_10-16people from around the world–from Australia to Latin America to South Africa to Canada–who are battling RSD and CRPS every minute of their lives.

We honor them even more during CRPS Awareness Month, held every November.

Many have come to Calmare Therapy NJ to try our scrambler therapy, often after drugs, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators, injections and other treatments have failed them.

Danielle Payne and friends_7.16For many, this machine has changed their lives and allowed them to enjoy living again.Matt Hannon_7.16

To see smart, kind and funny CRPS warriors arrive at our clinic in wheelchairs–and leave walking with smiles on their faces–has been life-changing for every one of us involved in this battle.

We honor RSD and CRPS warriors everywhere.

You inspire us every single day.

Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Wheelchair-bound by full body RSD, PA landscaper finally finds symptom relief from Calmare Therapy

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August 18, 2014

We are honored to share one of oRAM logo_originalur most dramatic Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment patient outcomes for a gentleman living with RSD since 2007.

In October 2013, when 52-year-old Pennsylvanian Michael Harris first arrived here in Rutherford, NJ –in a wheelchair — after unsuccessful Ketamine therapy treatments, he shared some very familiar issues he was forced to live with every day:

MH HeadshotI can never relax—not even for a minute—because of this pain.”

“I have tried many different meds, endured so many stays in hospitals– inpatient, outpatient, rehab…and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope for me at this point.”

“My ultimate (dream) goal is to have pain decreased so I can live a normal life and not be miserable 24/7.”

Michael Harris - Legs after

Seventeen Calmare treatments later, including a subsequent round of booster treatments during the spring of 2014, Michael shares his personal success story, including a startling ‘before and after’ of his chronic skin lesions, a common symptom of severe RSD.

Back in 2013, we agreed that Michael’s case was one of the toughest we had ever seen. But there was nonetheless a steadfast determination that Michael held on to telling him not to give up.

We are honored to know someone like Michael Harris. We know you will enjoy his video story:

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