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Virginia man with CRPS finally finds pain relief after seven long years

Mr. Socol lived and worked with a consistent pain level of 7/8 as a result of CRPS after a knee replacement surgery.

Understandably skeptical after trying several pain treatments without success, Ira leaves Calmare Therapy NJ at a pain level of 2 for the first time in more than 5 years.

In addition, he was able to feel his foot for the first time in 3 years.

As he tells it (below), his life going forward offers many opportunities that he formerly had to forego due to chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ and a CRPS / RSD treatment specialist, introduces Ira’s case:

Science teacher and uncle of chronic pain patient talks about Calmare Therapy

camare foot image with leadsSomeone was kind enough to forward this post they saw on the Internet that mentions me.   I know who wrote it but I am happy to respect he and his family’s privacy. I found his methodology for discovering a drug-free solution for his niece’s pain very forthright and objective. Hope you don’t mind me sharing his point-of-view:

I am a science teacher and got involved in researching options when I heard that my niece was going through this awful pain and was on track to get a spinal cord stimulator.  Since I am very good at researching, I dove in for a few months and started looking for alternatives. Read about ketamin (looked risky), different kinds of drugs (side effects, and don’t address the underlying issue), saw the long term studies on spinal cord stims (the only randomized, controlled study was not so good long term, and it has definite risks for the surgery to introduce new pain sites), and a few others. I saw someone mention Calmare scrambler treatment a few times and decided to look into it. 

Personally, I like going to the controlled, scientific studies that are published in recognized pain journals, especially the Randomized Controlled Tests (RCT’s) that are the gold standard for research. The ones I found for Calmare have excellent results, and a large scale one is due out soon. I also saw that Mayo Clinic and U of Wisconsin Cancer center is using and doing studies with Calmare as well.

I found a radio talk show program “Aches and Gains”, by Johns Hopkins Pain Specialist Paul J. Christo, discussing it (February 16, 2013), and saw several videos with patients who it had been successful for. I started researching the various practitioners to see who had been having a lot of experience with CRPS and choose Dr. Cooney. He was the one I found the most CRPS info for (and he turned out to be wonderful to work with). Anyway, after all of that, I passed on the info to my sister and they decided to go for it. 

As for the TENS being the same/similar, that is not the case. The big differences are in the amount of current being used, and the types of neurons being used to transmit the signal. Calmare just received a patent approval, which required that it was different than a TENS unit, and worked in a different way. I just googled it (patent no. 8,380,317) and it said that it sends the “no pain” signal on the surface C fiber nerve receptors instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers like the TENS does. (sorry, the biology teacher coming out….) 

The gist is that TENS intercepts the pain signal, but I believe that when you are not using it, the pain returns (but I don’t have experience with it personally). However, the Calmare signal is providing “no pain” data to the brain using the pathway from the original injury. My hypothesis (this is from other research that I’ve done) is that this gives the brain a chance to realize that there is no tissue damage going on, and therefore doesn’t need to assign pain to it. This then gives the brain a chance to reset/relearn the normal no pain state. 

Anyway, the bottom line is that Dr. Cooney’s Calmare machine brought my niece’s level 8 pain (with meds) down to a 0, and now she can walk normally. Her foot has some muscle and tendon aches because they are being used again, but this is also improving with use.

Again, I recommend that people with crps/rsd look into, talk to a Calmare doctor and decide for themselves.

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

We get by with a little help from our Calmare patients

September 20, 2012

When we made the committment to offering our patients a non-invasive, drug-free option for chronic pain, Calmare Therapy, we knew we would undoubtably face the scrutiny of representing a “new” therapy that was virtually unknown in most pain treatment circles. So far, I’m pleased to say, the road has been mostly free of controversy and push-back. And when we arrive at the office to see a message from one of our patients shown below, the journey is absolutely worth it.

Gina is shown here with her beautiful family. She has suffered from severe, debilitating RSD pain for some time. She’s undergoing a round of Calmare booster treatments now, and sent us this message after her first booster yesterday:

“I know we have said it before but thank you!!! That’s not enough to say those words……you change lives!!!!!
 
Dr. Cooney, Dr. Michael, Cathy & Barbara are the MOST AMAZING PEOPLE we have been Blessed to meet!! Ok enough of my babbling…lol. Monday over 10 pain by the time we left I was 7. Went yesterday and left 5. Ok today I left and I was 1.5/2!!! Can’t wait to get there tomorrow!!!
 
I met a young lady after I came out and I have been praying that she had some success with calmare!! Off to rest because I don’t want to over due it!!! Have a great night everyone. xoxoxo.”

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