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CRPS Skin Blisters: Another Painful Side Effect

July 17, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

When complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is discussed, the primary focus is the extreme and widespread nerve pain caused by the disease.

The neuropathy can quickly affect mobility, being able to work or attend school, diminish socialization and decrease the overall quality of life.

In cases where the person’s CRPS has exacerbated over a long period of time, some people develop skin abnormalities which can take on varying presentations and can also cause a great deal of discomfort.

For some people, the skin issues result in blisters or lesions that do not heal.

CRPS Skin Manifestations

Approximately 71 percent of patients with CRPS for a duration of at least five years have skin manifestations in varying degrees of severity.

These skin changes usually present in the combination of a rash, mottling, cyanosis or erythema resulting in circular lesions generally up to one inch in diameter.

Some patients’ lesions appear as spontaneous recurring bruises which may or may not be near the pain site/s.

During the course of the condition, the skin can also become shiny and highly sensitive to touch, or even the wind.

Fingernails are ridged, thin, and break easily. Overall, there may also be eventual muscle atrophy (weakness).

In addition to CRPS-specific changes, patients may also experience often have concomitant venous stasis (slow blood flow in the veins, usually the legs), cellulitis (a bacterial infection under the skin surface characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and soreness), and skin ulceration.

Calmare’s Role in Healing Skin Lesions

I have performed Calmare Therapy since 2011. About 40 percent percent of our RSD / CRPS patients arrive at our clinic with some kind of skin abnormality.

The cause of these skin blisters / lesions or malformations is unclear, but my opinion is that they may be attributed to the ongoing result of brain misinterpretation or ongoing blood flow issues.

While we are not sure of the etiology, we have seen a surprisingly rapid decrease (healing) of these skin issues in CRPS patients for whom Calmare is successful.

As you can see from the examples below, the results are very significant after just a 2-week course of 10 Calmare Therapy treatment sessions.

Bridget (name changed for patient privacy):

Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

 

Austin 

This 18-year-old male patient had open sores on his affected areas for such a long period of time, he could not recall when they first presented.

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

Have CRPS Treatment Efforts Failed You?

The majority of our patients have already tried all the medications, painful treatments, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators (SCS), etc., without success.

But even with all these disappointments, they have not given up hope.

If you are battling CRPS, I will speak with you personally about your case and together, we will come to a mutual determination if Calmare might be a suitable therapy option for you.

calmare, pain management, chronic pain, scrambler therapyShould you wish to speak with one of our CRPS patient volunteers who has already had Calmare Therapy, we will be happy to make a referral for you via our exclusive Patient-2-Patient program.

Feel free to contact me directly by calling (201) – 933-4440 or privately email us at Calmarenj@gmail.com.

We will reply to your message within 48 hours.

Until then, wishing you a low pain day, and many more on the road ahead.

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Scrambler therapy can lessen or alleviate CRPS symptoms including allodynia and severe itching

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ

CRPS RibbonAbigail posted a great question here on our website  asking if the other CRPS symptoms (besides the chronic pain) are lessened after Calmare Therapy treatments. I thought it was a terrific query because we focus so much on the MC-5A technology’s ability to reduce pain that we may overlook the added benefits of reducing or eliminating the additional physical symptoms of the syndrome.

Those of you with RSD and CRPS know all-too-well the symptoms I am refCalmare Technology 2012erring to ─

• chronic burning
• severe itching
• extreme skin sensitivity to touch (allodynia)
• open sores
• numbness
• changes in hair and nails
• swelling
• stiffness of joints

The good news is that most – if not all — of these “secondary symptoms” will dissipate once the pain is controlled.

When our RSD and CRPS patients volunteer to make video diaries of their experiences, we try to show the marked changes from their physical side effects ‘before’ and ‘after’ Calmare treatment.

As you can see in this outstanding Calmare patient testimonial from our patient Mr. Harris, the improvement is very significant.

imageUnlike other healthcare practices, we welcome your calls and questions.

You are more than welcome to contact us at the office to talk about your medical history. If we busy with patients, just leave your information with Barbara or Cathy and we (truly!) will call you back.

More often than not, I will call you myself!

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