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Sixteen-year-old Battling RSD Achieves 0 Pain Level After Three Years

Danielle and her best friend.
Danielle and her best friend.

August 1, 2016

“My daughter missed about 75 percent of the last two school years,” says Marlo Payne, a registered nurse from update New York. “Her full body RSD had just taken over her life.” Danielle was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) after a bunionectomy performed in 2013. The burning pain started in her toes and eventually spread to the top of her head.

Danielle said the burning pain was so severe she eventually felt ‘her brain sizzling.’ The Payne family mobilized and aggressively sought out a range of RSD treatment efforts:

  • Physical therapy
  • Epidurals
  • Surgery
  • Prescribed painkillers and opioids

With no significant success, and Danielle’s pain actively spreading, the family eventually traveled to the Cleveland Clinic so that Danielle could receive inpatient care in their widely regarded pain management physical therapy program.

Where do you turn after many chronic pain treatment efforts fail?

“We were all terribly disappointed when Danielle didn’t respond to this intensive treatment. I

Marlo Payne with Cathy_7.16

thought—what else can we do?” Her father Dan took matters into his own hands and began researching new RSD treatments online. He discovered Dr. Michael Cooney who uses Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) to lessen or even alleviate several kinds of neuropathic pain, particularly RSD / CRPS.

Best of all, this FDA-cleared treatment is painless, completely drug-free and has no side effects.

“By this time, Danielle was experiencing skin discoloration, unbearable pain and often relied on crutches or a wheelchair to get around. It was that bad,” Marlo recalls. Much to her surprise, when she initially called Calmare Therapy NJ, Barbara and Cathy immediately put her through to speak with Dr. Cooney.

“We talked about Danielle’s case, her previous treatment efforts and the severity of her condition. I wanted him to be fully aware of how bad her situation was,” Marlo explains. After talking with the doctor, she told her daughter’s best friend to pack up for a two-week stay in New Jersey to keep Danielle company during Calmare scrambler therapy treatment.

Danielle Arrives in New Jersey to Try Calmare Therapy

When she arrived, Danielle’s pain was a constant 10/10 on the Pain Scale. After her first treatment, however, Danielle felt some relief, estimating her pain was reduced to about an 8. With each daily treatment session, lasting about 35 minutes, her pain continued to decrease.

By treatment #7, the teen’s pain was down to a 2/10. By treatment #10, Danielle was pain-free for the first time in nearly three years.

Life after Calmare Therapy

Danielle Payne and friends_7.16Now back home and resuming a normal life for the first time in three years, Marlo says the whole family is still in a state of shock. “We’ve been consumed with this monster for so many years and to have it suddenly wiped away, well, we still can’t quite believe it,” Marlo says with a smile.

This relieved mother says that Danielle won’t go back to playing all the sports she loves, for now, but that full-time high school is definitely on the agenda. “Danielle was understandably depressed, being removed from a normal teenager’s social life due to the pain, but that’s no longer the case. She really has a second chance at life now.”

A few words about Dr. Michael Cooney

The Payne family also has kind words for Dr. Cooney and his team’s care:  He’s humble about his skill and he’s a straight-shooter, which I appreciate. He doesn’t sugar-coat and tells it like it is.”

Marlo says that families struggling with chronic pain should ‘make the phone call’ to Dr. Cooney.

“Study the information on their website and then speak to him about your situation. Dr. Cooney will be truthful, informative and candid with you. This machine may very well change your life. What are you waiting for?”

Would you like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, a drug-free treatment to combat chronic pain?

Call 201-933-4440 | Email CalmareNJ@gmail.com | eCard (below)

Teresa from Alabama Calls Scrambler Therapy a ‘Godsend’

February 19, 2016

Teresa’s lower extremity pain as a result of RSD often restricted her to living life from a chair due to the immobilizing pain.

“Some days, I made it to the chair and that was it for me. Just sitting there day after day.”

But she and her husband didn’t stop searching for a new RSD treatment that would help this Alabama woman get the life back that she so richly deserved.

They discovered Dr. Michael Cooney, one of five Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., a drug-free, FDA-cleared scrambler therapy treatment that combats severe chronic pain  as a result of several neuropathic pain conditions such as RSD, CRPS, CIPN (pain after chemotherapy treatment) and post-surgical pain.

While Teresa undergoes one of her final treatments in the 10-treatment protocol, she describes how the treatment feels and the change in her pain level since working with the Calmare Therapy NJ USA team.

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our New Jersey-based staff would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition.

If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

A wrist surgery leads to reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( RSD) covering right side of body

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July 2014:  Calmare Therapy NJ Case Study

RSD is a heartless disease. For many patients, it begins near an area of the body which has sustained an injury or surgery and, over time, can spread to other parts of the body. Kim Williamson from upstate New York can certainly relate:

Kim Williamson_FINALKim sustained a right wrist injury that required two surgeries on the top and bottom of her wrist. Her RSD began in her right shoulder but by the time she arrived here in New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy treatment, she was in a wheelchair. The RSD spread down the right side of her body into her leg. The pain from walking was so debilitating, she could no longer walk at all. If she was forced to use her leg, she would drag it behind her to avoid putting any pressure on it at all.

In addition to the chronic neuropathy, Kim has skin discoloration, allodynia, open sores on the upper right arm and difficulty sleeping.

“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I felt like I had lost my life and nothing was normal anymore,” Kim recalls. She was no longer able to work and relied on the standard protocol of RSD painkillers to get through the day.

Kim sees The Doctors” television program about Calmare scrambler therapy

Kim watched the June 2014 episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “The Doctors” which featured Calmare Therapy. “I liked that it wasn’t a painful treatment and didn’t have any side effects,” Kim explains. “I was determined to see if this could help me get even a little of my old life back.”

Kim said, in a best case scenario, she hoped that Calmare chronic pain treatment might help her to walk again and ideally lessen her pain by 80 percent.

Dr. Cooney weighs in on Kim’s case

“You never get used to seeing a Calmare patient arrive for treatment in a wheelchair,” Dr. Cooney says. “It lights a fire in me to help that patient defeat the RSD, CRPS or whatever disease has caused this person to become immobile.” Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., will generally recommend a treatment protocol of 10 daily therapy treatments, lasting 30 to 60 minutes each.

“Although Kim’s case was severe, she responded very successfully to treatment. After three treatments, she was walking again,” Dr. Cooney recalls with a smile. After treatment number eight, Kim was pain-free and her physical symptoms were diminishing just as quickly. Dr. Cooney says he didn’t feel any further treatments were needed at that time because she was without pain and for a sustained period of time.

The whole office was elated to see Kim walk out the door and head back home very differently than when she arrived. She was kind enough to make a video testimonial for Calmare NJ which we’ll share with you soon.

A young mother with severe RSD tries Calmare scrambler therapy

Jennifer Torres McCarroll with Dr. CooneyJennifer McCarroll, a young mother of two young children, has lived with severe RSD, day-in and day-out, since she was injured 12 long years ago when her wrist was severely injured resulting in an eventual RSD diagnosis. Determined to get her life back, she aggressively underwent a plethora of pain therapy efforts over the years including:

  • Powerful medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Ketamine creme

Unfortunately, she garnered little or no pain relief. After reading about Calmare Therapy on a Facebook RSD Support Group page, she presented to us with a consistent pain level of 10 / 10 and these physical symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Severe allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Ongoing cramping

From the start, I explained that the longer a patient has lived with the RSD, the longer treatment results will take, in most cases. After examining her and talking at length about her medical history, I determined Jennifer’s case was one of the most severe RSD conditions I had seen to date.

An Update After 10 Treatments

After treatment #10, Jennifer’s pain is down to 3.5 for the first time in more than a decade. Her physical symptoms have significantly diminished as well ─ she has no more swelling; the skin discoloration is gone; her allodynia is at a mild level and cramping occurs only when she lifts her arms over her head.

Moving Forward

We are continuing this week with five more treatments (11-15) with the goal of achieving 0 pain for Jennifer for the first time since she can remember.

Jennifer shared this public message on Facebook (which meant the world to us) and permitted us to share it here:

Hello!

I hope everyone will take a minute to read this…

 I have lived with RSD since 2001 you would be surprised how easy it is to hurt your body or damage it. I have seen so many doctors–some tried to help my pain, but as I progressed, most doctors didn’t know what to do.  Some put me through some of the craziest procedures… ,some where more understandable, and some felt it was “all my head”…

I have gotten up for 12 years every day and I suck-it-up and bite the pain because I am a mother.. So when I asked myself, “Did I try everything?” I can say “YES!”

I have lived with a pain level of 10/10 all this time.

I really lost hope believing I could ever be what I call normal (no pain).  Then I read about Calmare Therapy on the Internet.  I figured it couldn’t make me any worse than I already was so I went to Dr. Cooney.

 Now, 10 Calmare treatments later, and I’m feeling about a 3-5 pain level. Dr. Cooney has been doing my Calmare and I think he’s the best (patient, nice, caring). His office staff is really great too. They make you comfortable to be there and for people with high pain (we’re never comfortable no matter where we are)…they make you smile.

Thanks Dr. Cooney!  I love being able to hug my Mom and my kids again which I haven’t been able to do for so, so long.

Thanks Calmare Therapy!

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–

It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi.  But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments.  He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.

Medical History:

He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.

Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands.  He began Calmare scrambler therapy  May 20 with a pain level of 7/8.  After four Calmare treatments,  he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10. 

He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below: 

Matt from MS
R. Matt Hannon

“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey.  I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.

Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.

I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!

My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator.  But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).

Truth?  I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon

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