Dr. Michael J. Cooney will be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s“RSD and You” BlogTalk Radioprogram 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:
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
He was experiencing these ongoing symptoms:
Alodynia (sensitivity to touch)
Lesions covering his lower extremities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On-site parking is available. Should the lot be full, street-side and metered spots are also readily available.
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
10 Murray Hill Parkway
East Rutherford, NJ 07083
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 microwavesRenaissance Meadowlands Hotel
801 Rutherford Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
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!
“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!”