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CRPS Warrior Details Her Calmare Therapy Experience

May 3, 2019

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We were delighted to receive this post-treatment update from our 47-year old female patient who battled complex regional pain syndrome after an injury to her foot in 2017.

Deryn was prescribed a battery of prescription pain medications, ranging from Cymbalta to Gabapentin, which she relied on to achieve (restricted) function of her leg and foot.

Virginia Woman Recounts Her Post-Calmare Treatment Pain Relief

“I received your email last week about your 9-year anniversary treating patients with Calmare Therapy. I just wanted to share with you that I am yet another one of your success stories and so happy to share this with you!

I came to you last April to reduce my pain from CRPS from a minor foot injury.

After:

  • Going to physical therapy 2-3 times a week for a year
  • Receiving 18 nerve blocks (1 of which caused a seizure)
  • Trying numerous medical laser treatments
  • Attempting hypnosis from a psychologist
  • Visiting many different doctors
  • Taking a plethora of pain management medications with many awful side effects

I ultimately reduced my pain from a 10/10 to about a 6 or 7/10 on the pain scale.

I had previously been on crutches and unable to walk independently due to severe pain and muscle atrophy, but these assorted treatments allowed me to walk again.

Traditional Chronic Pain Medications & Therapies Fail

However, I was still not functioning well due to extreme pain and could not bear weight for any extended period of time.

My husband and I were always researching CRPS and various treatment methods. He had come across Calmare Therapy, but I was skeptical and hesitant to try it.

After we felt like we had exhausted all options, we realized this was something worth trying.

We were fortunate to get our health insurance to cover the treatment as in-network since it was not offered anywhere in our geographic region.

Waiting for the Pain Medications to Loosen Their Grip

After two weeks of scrambler therapy, I did have some pain relief, but was a little disappointed because I did not see nearly as much improvement in my pain compared to other patients I met while I was there.

However, I was also still weaning off all the pain medications (and also very sick from that) which may have interfered with the full effectiveness of the treatment.

But once I returned home, the success of the treatment became more apparent as time went by–

About two weeks later,  I felt significant improvement. I was very pleased because I realized that my pain had decreased AND I was off all my medications.

Calmare Booster Therapy Further Reduces Pain Level

In July I decided to return for a week of Calmare booster treatments, as I realized that it probably would work better now that I was fully off the medications.

Once again, about two weeks after returning home, the pain continued to decrease.

As the months have gone by, I continued to see significant gradual improvements.

A year later, I now fluctuate between a 0-2 on the pain scale and sometimes even have full days of no pain!

I feel so fortunate to have found you and your practice and can’t even express in words how appreciative I am to have come to you for help!

You and your staff were very supportive and experienced.

Like so many of your other patients, you have given me a much higher quality of life!

THANK YOU and keep up the great work in the chronic pain community.

With deepest gratitude,

Deryn Feria”

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Joy Returns for First Calmare Booster Treatments Since 2013

February 8, 2018

Joy Morris Booster_2.18One of our beloved patients, Joy Morris visited the clinic this week to undergo three  booster treatments.

In 2013, she arrived at Calmare NJ USA with a pain level of 10/10 due to RSD pain running from her left knee to her foot.

After her successful therapy, (she left New Jersey at a 0 / 10 pain level), her chronic pain from RSD diminished to the point that she no longer needed any of the 10 pain medications she was prescribed.

Living a Pain Medication-Free Life

Once Joy was free from all the pain pills, her overall health and well-being improved dramatically:

  • She began to have more energy and lost a significant amount of weight.
  • In turn, she soon no longer needed high blood pressure medication.
  • Joy no longer needs medication for elevated liver enzymes which returned to a normal range as a result of post-Calmare weight-loss and the elimination of pain drugs.

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare in the National Pain Report

Joy Turns to Calmare Booster Treatments

But over the years, her CRPS pain level began to increase, eventually sticking at 5/10.

Joy’s RSD resulted in chronic pain running from her left knee to her foot.

She conferred with Dr. Cooney and he recommended she come to New Jersey to undergo three booster treatments and then access if this would be sufficient to control her pain again.

To everyone’s delight, after three Calmare Therapy sessions, she went home yesterday pain-free.

Joy shares her original treatment experience in 2013 below, on our YouTube channel:

Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

May 6, 2016

We appreciate when healthcare professionals seek Calmare Therapy, an FDA-cleared treatment to combat many types of neuropathic chronic pain. They have seen firsthand that opioids and invasive treatments may not provide the sustained pain relief they need to achieve a better quality of life.

Beth had managed to work as a nurse in Pennsylvania while silently battling RSD in her foot after a failed surgery. To combat the increasingly severe burning sensation she sustained, she had a spinal cord stimulator implanted, nerve block injections and was prescribed more pain medications than she was willing to take.

But the intensity of the pain only increased over time.

She and her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and his success using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

By the time she arrived for treatment in New Jersey, her pain was a constant 10/10 and she was using a cane for support.

But we’ll let Beth share her story:

 

“Get to Know Calmare” event offered exclusively for podiatrists

Foot stepping legsAs one of just a few healthcare practitioners in the country certified to provide Calmare scrambler therapy, I’ve had the privilege to partner with a variety of physicians ─ physiatrists, family doctors, orthopedists and podiatrists ─ to help their treatment resistant patients overcome neuropathy (when other therapies and medications simply didn’t work).

Many of the patients we help are suffering from lower extremity pain, often concentrated in the ankles and feet. The origins of this pain are varied: trauma and injury; RSD / CRPS; post-surgical pain, diabetic neuropathy and pain from chemotherapy treatment.

As a result, I am inviting podiatrists from the New Jersey / New York metro area on Wednesday, June 19, to offer a presentation of our pain-free, side-effect-free scrambler therapy and explain its benefits to patients with chronic lower extremity pain. We will meet for dinner here in the Rutherford, NJ area and I’ll offer an overview of the benefits of the therapy, what patients and conditions might be suitable for treatment, and answer questions.  I’ll also share some recent patient case studies.

If you are a podiatrist in the New York, New Jersey region, please feel free to call our office at 201.933.4440 and we’ll be happy to provide additional details and reserve seating for you. There is no fee to attend and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Dr. Michael Cooney

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