Tonya Schuler, a full-of-life fitness trainer from West Virginia, was diagnosed with CRPS after carpal tunnel surgery. The chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other.
From there, the neuropathy affected her neck, back and stomach.
After trying a myriad of prescription pain drugs, injections and invasive procedures, her pain management doctor eventually recommended she have a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) surgically implanted into her back.
“When I realized an SCS was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own (painful) hands and reach out to the CRPS community,” explains.
“A Facebook group that included thousands of other sufferers consistently mentioned Dr. Cooney and Calmare for helping reduce their pain, even for full-body sufferers.”
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.
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.”
“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.
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Jay underwent two back surgeries while in the Army, eventually resulting in CRPS, which spread throughout his body. Those of you suffering with this monster will appreciate his description of the type of pain he endured for years.
Eventually forced to retire from the Military, he discovered Calmare after performing research on newer alternative pain management treatments with his wife after pain medications, medical cannabis and a plethora of invasive treatments still left him in debilitating pain.
“Jay’s treatment outcome reminds us why we continue to fight this fight every single day,” says Calmare Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney, who treated Jay. “He’s a wonderful husband and father who served his country proudly. He certainly deserves to live pain-free.”
Jay sums it up best in his video below. “I have my life back.”
Are You Battling Medication and Treatment-Resistant Chronic Pain?
We welcome you to reach out to our friendly, kind and experienced pain management team to discuss if Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment might be right for you.
September 22, 2016
Tisha, a 30-something respiratory therapist from Vermont, was injured in an auto accident in January 2015 and eventually diagnosed with full body CRPS.
As a medical professional at a large regional medical center, she had access to all the pain management, cutting-edge pain medications and therapeutic treatments available where she aggressively sought pain relief.
She used a myriad of prescribed pain medications, underwent repeated nerve blocks and ongoing physical therapy.
Unfortunately, her CRPS pain was still relentless.
When prescribed medications and traditional pain treatments don’t work
Having exhausted traditional pain management solutions, Tisha researched alternative neuropathic pain therapies and discovered Calmare Therapy NJ during an internet search for “new treatments for CRPS.”
After speaking directly with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney about her medical history, previous CRPS treatment efforts and current medication usage, they mutually agreed that scrambler therapy was a viable treatment option for her case.
When Tisha arrived in New Jersey, her pain level varied from a minimum of 6 up to 10/10.
She began the 10-treatment regime on Tuesday, September 6, but pain resolution was not immediate. Because Dr. Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic, he diagnosed that Tisha had sustained a slight derangement of the tibia/ fibula and femur junction, as a result of the car accident.
Thankfully, he as able to reduce the derangement through chiropractic manipulation. After this chiropractic procedure was performed, her overall pain began to diminish steadily.
“Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy’ which means the patient is reliant upon the expertise of the provider to place the leads in the optimal positions to achieve the most positive outcome,” says Dr. Cooney, one of six “Calmare Certified” providers in the U.S.
At the conclusion of the treatment cycle, Tisha returned to New England with a pain level of 1 / 10 for the first time in nearly 18 months.
Are you battling CRPS or RSD?
Dr. Cooney and his friendly and professional team would be happy to talk with you about your battle and determine if scrambler therapy might be a suitable treatment for you. Call us at 201-933-4400, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:
Since so many people with neuropathy /chronic pain have attempted several different treatments and therapies to minimize their discomfort (often without success), we launched our exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program which puts potential Calmare Therapy patients in touch with another patient with the same disease / medical condition who has already undergone scrambler therapy with us.
We thought it was a great way to help future patients feel less anxiety about moving forward and it offered the freedom to share experiences and concerns with someone who could relate to their battle.
We have more than 50 previous Calmare patients who are part of this program and volunteer their time to talk with new patients by email, phone or Skype.
Diana Slade, a South African with CRPS who traveled more than 7,000 miles to New Jersey for treatment last year, chatted via email a few months ago with a new patient from Missouri, also with CRPS, prior to her coming here for treatment.
Here’s an excerpt of an email Di sent to the woman in Missouri:
Di’s CRPS Diagnosis and Treatment History:
“I developed CRPS in my foot 6 long years ago after back surgery. I had joint degeneration in my lower spine, chips off L5 and L4, and overall wear and tear (too many horses and motorbikes!).
In all, I had 8 back operations.
I went through every painkiller you can imagine, courses of epileptic drugs, Ketamine creme, and two rhizotomies (an invasive surgical procedure which severs nerve roots in the spinal cord through the insertion of an electrified hot probe to the sensory nerve just outside the joint). After these efforts were unsuccessful, I went through a long, painful and ultimately failed spinal cord stimulator implant.
My husband discovered Calmare on an Internet search and we soon realized Dr. Cooney in the U.S. specialized in CRPS cases. While going for treatment in Italy would have been closer, we decided to fly 15 hours to Newark, New Jersey, USA, for Dr. Cooney’s treatment in late 2014.
When I arrived in the States at Dr. Cooney’s clinic, my pain level was a 10/10.
There was no improvement after 3 daily treatments. But on day 4, everything started to change quickly. (I recall Dr. Cooney smiling wryly at my expression of utter shock).
My pain began to steadily diminish every day after that. After 11 treatments, I left the U.S. PAIN FREE for the first time I can remember. Even sitting on the loooonnng flight back to South Africa–no pain!! w my life has changed since Calmare
I am no longer living a ‘blurry life’. ( I do not take any pain medications)
I can take a shower
I can easily put-on and take-off a pair of socks
I sleep for 6 hours straight
I can finally put my foot in a stirrup again and ride (my business and my passion)
My family has their Mom back!
As Dr. Cooney tells everyone, this is not a “miracle cure” but it is a treatment that works for many people — and I was fortunate to have been one of them.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend a spinal implant or pump of any sort. In my experience, there are too many that fail. And then what??
Doc and his staff, especially Cathy, are amazing. Having read your email, what have you to lose? You have a life to regain.
Please shout if I can help you with anything else and good luck!
“I received this message this morning and won’t name the patient to retain her privacy. She came to us with severe RSD, but had a very positive response earlier this year. I am going to mention in my letter back to her not to do too much every day and not to worry about scheduling a booster treatment unless her pain comes back!
As you can see, this is not a women who is going to let RSD take her down… This letter is the best way in the world for my week to begin. I have a great job.”
Hey my favorite group of people!!!! I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day Doc! I just want to thank you again for the awesome job you do! I can’t tell you enough times that God sent us to you and your magic machine. I am almost off Lortab; I have weaned myself to a half of a 10 twice a day and have 2 days left, then I start working on the last 4.
Before therapy, I would literally lose days during the week but now I think I am gaining days to make up for lost time 🙂
Since I have been home, I have only missed Sunday church service twice and can wear my
heels now too!!! This coming weekend is our grand-daughter’s birthday and I am so excited!! Then the next weekend, I’m going for a 3-day music fest–and rollercoasters!!!
In July, we are taking a weekend to go visit friends–and more rollercoasters!!
August….Jury duty, our anniversary weekend at the beach, our daughter is getting married, plus drag racing in between all that.
In Sept. or Oct., we are coming back to see you for a booster treatment!!! I want to come where I can get a Friday and Sat appt. just to give me a good jump on the cold weather sets in.
OH!! Since I have left Jersey I have lost 20 lbs!!! AWESOME!!!!
Words can never ever express how grateful we are for you and your staff!! I hope you have an AWESOME week!!!!
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“Thanks for all you do Dr. Cooney, not just for me, but for all of us. My RSD pain is still at 0, hands and feet still improving from CIPN. Did I mention I planted a garden and mowed the lawn today?”
“If you, or someone you know is experiencing pain from cancer, seriously, look into Calmare. I wouldn’t steer you the wrong way. Dr. Cooney knows what’s up! Dr Michael Cooney, you’re the main man in my book when it comes to Calmare Therapy.”
“A little over a year ago and still pain free! I ran for the first time last week! Thank you Dr. Cooney and Calmare NJ, you gave me my life back!”
“My doctor recommended a spinal cord stimulator as a last resort to help with my CRPS pain. But I researched Calmare and decided to go to Dr. Cooney in NJ for treatment. I had nothing to lose. Ten treatments later, I am going home at a 0 on the pain scale. I am overjoyed.”
Kansas City, MO
“Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new pain-free journey in 2015! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration for me.”
“I am really feeling like I have a new lease on life. As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!”
“Someone I knew who had the same condition recommended I go to NJ for scrambler treatment with Dr. Cooney for my CRPS. Arrived a skeptic..left in so much less pain.”
Mark Stomp (parent of patient)
“We chose Dr. Cooney because he has successfully treated so many people with CRPS. Also, his staff was very nice and inviting and his patients I spoke to had tremendous results. It has been 5 months since my daughter’s treatment and she is still pain free, symptom free, and taking no meds.”
“You just need to try this treatment because it may just give you back the life you enjoyed before CRPS stole it away.”
RSD / RND
“We will always remember and cherish your help in getting our daughter to where we can hug her again!! You are such a special man and healer. God Bless you and may He continue to use you to bring healing and compassion to others!”