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Call in to chat with Dr. Cooney on Friday, November 1

rsdnad youDr. Michael J. Cooney will be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s“RSD and You”  BlogTalk Radio program airing Friday, November 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Joseph is a longtime RSD sufferer who has become a national leader in spreading awareness about this ‘silent’  and debilitating disease affecting children, adults and seniors.

Our patients from around the country are invited to call in (310-982-4253)  and share their experiences as well as individuals, their families or friends who are currently living with CRPS / RSD  /RND who may have questions about scrambler therapy as a treatment for these diseases.

Addendum 11/2/13:  I’d like to add a personal note of thanks to our patients who generously took the time to call-in to the program and share their experiences. You can listen to the program in its entirety by clicking here: 

After six years with full-body CRPS, Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy ends chronic pain and lesions

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

I had the great pleasure of working with a 51-year-old gentleman in June who arrived here at our office using a wheelchair as a result of full-body CRPS. He contracted the condition after sustaining multiple injuries in an auto accident in 2007. Even after years of extensive pain management therapy, treatments and medication, his pain level remained at a consistent 10/10.

Symptoms of CRPS

Best - both legs before
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He was experiencing these ongoing symptoms:

  • Widespread pain
  • Alodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Swelling
  • Lesions covering his lower extremities
  • Severe sweats.

Patient shares a familiar background

He shared some familiar comments on his New Patient Intake documents:

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

 “I 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 and outpatient rehab and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope.”

Undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy

After 17 Calmare Therapy treatments, he left our office walking and with 0/10 pain. Keep in mind, most patients undergo the standard treatment regime of 10 daily treatments. Due to the severity and longevity of his condition, he completed an additional seven treatments to ultimately achieve this pain-free condition.

When his pain returned to a 4-5 /10 three months later (September), he returned (still walking without a wheelchair or cane) to undergo nine additional booster treatments and again left at a 0/10 pain. This gentleman is a perfect example of a patient with severe CRPS who required subsequent Calmare booster treatments after the initial treatment.

Calmare is an analgesic, not a miracle cure

Scrambler therapy is not a one-time cure-all miracle. Calmare is an analgesic, a treatment designed to offset (and in the best case scenario) eliminate pain. While many patients undergo the initial 10-treatment therapy protocol and eliminate their pain, others need to return periodically if/when pain returns.

The good news is that many patients can offset this lesser degree of pain with over-the-counter pain relievers while others strive to remediate the pain completely through booster.

Michael Harris - Legs after
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Finally, this patient generously allowed us to photograph the extensive lesions on his legs before and after treatment. We did not administer any topic creams or medications to the lesions. Simply, as the Calmare Therapy relieved the patient’s CRPS neuropathy, the lesions disappeared as well.

Welcoming our first Calmare patient from the UK

The past week has been a tough one on us personally and professionally. Thankfully, we were able to keep the office operational throughout most of the storm. All of us sustained significant destruction of our homes but that is only brick and mortar (and a lot of mud…) which can be repaired and rebuilt.
 
Remarkably, one of our new patients was able to fly into NJ from England over the weekend in order to start her Calmare Therapy as scheduled beginning yesterday. What a remarkable woman to make the journey in search of a solution to her chronic pain as a result of  CRPS/RSD in the left foot and knee for more than two years! Other therapies and drugs did not lessen or alleviate her pain.  She read about our positive results treating RSD using Calmare and made the long (and painful) journey here to start treatment. We look forward to keeping you updated on her progress.

Ketamine and Calmare Therapy

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Program Director, Calmare Therapy NJ

I’ve frequently been asked by patients if they can undergo Calmare Therapy after or in conjunction with Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Before I respond, let me offer a little background on Ketamine. For RSD, CRPS and fibromyalgia sufferers, Ketamine therapy is sometimes recommended for temporary chronic pain relief. It is an NMDA blocker that shuts down pain signals coming from the brain and then reboots the brain without the pain signal. Published successful outcome statistics for RSD patients is less than 50%, as an average. Boosters are necessary every two – three months and the cost averages about $2,000/ treatment. Each treatment takes about four to five hours. Some patients experience significant side effects from this drug, including hallucinations, nausea, extreme fatigue and ‘claw hand’ syndrome.

If you have undergone Ketamine treatment without a successful outcome, you can still be treated with Calmare (assuming your condition is determined to be appropriate for treatment). However, there must be a full three-month span between the last Ketamine treatment and the start of Calmare Therapy. In fact, the less neurolytic drugs (Lyrica, Neurontin, Morphine) patients are using during Calmare Therapy, the better. Why? Because these drugs have an effect on brain activity and conflict with the functionality of Calmare to optimally do its job. 

I fully realize that for patients who have been reliant on neurolytic drugs for months or even years, reducing the dosage can be daunting. My argument is that the potential rewards from undergoing Calmare Therapy can eliminate the need for these expensive and debilitating drugs. I fully believe this is a gamble worth pursuing.

Every patient’s case is unique because we all react to injury, acute or chronic, in different ways. If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about my expertise using Calmare Therapy, please feel free to contact me at (201) 933-444-zero.

201 Health Magazine features Calmare Therapy NJ

 

Join me on “Winning Life Through Pain” May 1

Marla Martindale
Host
"Winning Life Through Pain"

I am so looking forward to a guest appearance on Marla Martindale’s “Winning Life Through Pain” BlogTalk Radio program. Marla, from Texas, has lived with RSD after sustaining a broken ankle in 2003.  A few years later, she was also diagnosed with MS, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. But, in her words, “None of those conditions even compared to the pain I lived with from RSD.”

 Her program is both informal and informative and offers listeners an opportunity to call in and share experiences, ask questions or just share a good (or bad) day. I hope you will call in as I welcome an opportunity to meet you, if only by phone, and answer your questions about Calmare Therapy. I’ll be discussing recent RSD and other neuropathic case studies and happy to answer questions you may have about your health or that of a loved one.
 
 “Winning Life Through Pain”

Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time:  2:00 PM Eastern (NYC) time to 3:00 PM

Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/winninglifethroughpain

Call-in Number: (347) 324 – 5661

California woman travels 3,000 miles to NJ to finally end myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)

Amy RatnerAmy Ratner had tried more therapies for her CRPS and  myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) than she could even recount.

After hearing about Calmare from a family friend in Ohio, Amy flew to NJ for treatment with Dr. Cooney.

Ten treatments later, she flew home with 0 pain. Here, she shares her story.

Travel information for out-of-town Calmare patients

Several patients undergoing Calmare Therapy travel to New Jersey from outside metropolitan New York City. We have assembled some information below that we hope will be useful in preparation for your visit.

However, if you have additional questions or need assistance, please call our office at (201) 933-4440 and ask for Barbara or Kathy.

Transportation:

Airport:

Rutherford Allied Medical Group is conveniently located just eight miles from New York City with quick access to Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia International Airport and JFK International Airport

NJ Transit Public Transportation:

Rutherford Allied Medical Group is located 1/2 block from the NJ Transit (#190) bus stop.

We are located 1/2 mile from the NJ Transit “Rutherford” train station.

Parking:

On-site parking is available. Should the lot be full, street-side and metered spots are also readily available.

Accommodations:

The following hotels offer full kitchens:
 
Extended Stay America
750 Edwin Ward Memorial Highway
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 635 – 0266
 
Homestead Studio Suites
300 Route 3 East
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 939 – 8866
 
Homewood Suites by Hilton
66 Stanley Street
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201)460-9030
 
Residence Inn
10 Murray Hill Parkway
East Rutherford, NJ 07083
(201) 939-0020
 
The following are traditional hotels:
 
Fairfield Inn
850 Paterson Plank Road
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 939 – 0020
 
LaQuinta Inn and Suites
265 Route 3
Clifton, NJ 07014
(973) 778 – 6500
*Some rooms have refrigerators and microwaves
 
Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel
801 Rutherford Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 231-3100

From San Francisco to Ohio to New Jersey

April 4, 2012

We had a wonderful experience using Calmare Therapy to finally end our ‘California Girl’s” chronic pain from CRPS.  Amy traveled here from San Francisco after her treatment at the Pain Treatment Center – Stanford University School of Medicine did not lessen her pain. Thankfully, she connected with one of our Calmare patient families from Ohio who recommended she come here to NJ for treatment. After 10 treatments with us, Amy flew home last Friday pain-free (0 pain level). She kindly offered to make a video of her Calmare treatment experience which we will be sharing soon. Thanks for bringing a little California sunshine to us Amy!

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