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Deb Balzano Describes Her CRPS Onset and How She Fought Back

July 21, 2017

Deb Balzano of New Jersey experienced an intensifying burning and stabbing sensation months after a foot surgery.

She explains how CRPS, a condition she had never heard of, soon took over her life, and how she and her husband battled back.

Deena Turns to Calmare Again to Combat Chemotherapy Nerve Pain (CIPN)

June 8, 2017

Deena Lotridge came to us in 2013 after suffering from RSD for five long years. She had tried every medication, treatment and therapy, without success.

She immediately charmed us all with her no-nonsense style and ‘let’s just cut to the chase’ point-of-view. We loved her and prayed her outcome would be successful (which it was).

Deena Fights Back Against CIPN

But her battle was not over. A few years later, Deena was diagnosed with cancer, requiring several surgeries and chemotherapy. The effects of the chemo resulted in nerve damage and reignited the RSD monster.

A few weeks ago she came back to New Jersey, this time for scrambler therapy to lessen chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), the original condition which helped Calmare win FDA-clearance in the U.S.

Thankfully, a few weeks after five Calmare booster treatments, Deena this update on Facebook:

“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?”

Deena describes her dual Calmare Therapy experiences, in 2013 and 2017

 

Emily is Pain-Free from CRPS for the First Time in Six Years

April 4, 2017

We have great admiration for patients and their families who take their chronic pain stories to the media.

Their efforts provide a personal view about the stress and frustration of dealing with chronic nerve pain while highlighting the fact that opioids and implanted devices often don’t alleviate or even lessen the pain.

You may recall, we recently shared an article about a young woman from Indiana who battled CRPS for six long years, without finding a pain solution.

Her family finally decided to seek out alternative pain treatment solutions and discovered Dr. Cooney’s success using Calmare scrambler therapy.

Emily is pain-free from CRPS for the first since she was 10-years-old

Emily just completed 10 daily scrambler therapy treatments last Friday.

We are elated to report that she left us pain-free for the first time in six long years!

Her mother shared this message on Facebook:

“I just wanted to give everyone an update on Emily and her treatment.

Emily finished 10 Calmare treatments yesterday and she is pain-free!
It is the first time in 6 years that we can say this!!

God is Good!!

For those of you wondering if she is permanently out of pain, the answer is we don’t know. Everyone with CRPS responds differently to treatment. Some people have gone into remission and others have the pain come back. For those who have the pain come back, they usually go back for booster treatment.

Here is the information for those who are interested in Calmare Scrambler Therapy.

I recommend going to see Dr. Cooney as he has a high success rate treating CRPS.

Michael J. Cooney, D.C.
323 Union Ave.
Rutherford, NJ
201-933-4440.”

Emi Hewatt, receiving a Calmare scrambler therapy treatment performed by clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney (2016)
Emi Hewatt’s successful Calmare treatment story

You may recall another young woman with similar circumstances, Emi Hewatt, who also shared her RSD battle with the media last year:

Emi Hewatt Comes from Australia to Calmare Therapy NJ USA for (Successful!) CRPS Treatment

Based upon the posts and messages we see from Emi, she continues to do well and has resumed the normal activities of any young woman.

Find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for your neuropathic condition

If you would like to learn more about Calmare, a drug-free, non-invasive chronic nerve pain treatment, call us at (201) 933-4440, email us at calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the eCard below and Dr. Cooney will personally contact you to discuss your case.

 

Calmare booster treatments for follow-up pain management care

RAM logoFor patients with severe chronic pain conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any post-treatment return of pain. camare foot image with leads

Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD / CRPS, Fibromyalgia cases, and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

How many booster treatments will I need?

The number of booster treatments required ranges from one to four treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns and subsides and if any environmental issues were involved (stress, weather, overuse of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments and why they can be helpful to some patients.

FAQs with logoTo Learn More

If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.

How to know when you need a pain management specialist

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

back_painChronic pain can sneak up on you.  You’re diagnosed with a disease / condition that causes constant pain and before you know it, months or even years have passed and you are still living in pain and relying on your original treating doctor for pain therapy treatment.

One of the complaints we hear most often from our patients is the fact that they waited “too long” before consulting with a doctor who specializes exclusively in treating neuropathy. Don’t get me wrong – this is certainly not a dig at physicians or doctors in general. Rather, it is a discussion about when the time comes to find a doctor who specializes in your condition and offers a wide spectrum of expertise and resources to help you.

Might you be in this situation?  Here are some guidelines to know when the time is right to find a pain management specialist:

Your pain just won’t go away.

If you have pain that is not significantly minimized after three months.

Family and internal medicine doctors specialize in many areas of healthcare. Pain management practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Pain specialists are trained to evaluate complex pain problems and have a wide variety of treatment options you may not know about.

You want to stop taking prescription painkillers and utilize alternative treatments which are drug-free, pain-free and have few, if any, unpleasant side effects. 

Pain specialists have a wide spectrum of traditional and alternative treatments to battle several types of neuropathy from physical therapy to acupuncture and newer non-invasive pain treatments.

You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping.

Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.

In my case, as a chiropractic physician, we’ll implement therapies that don’t even involve the use of medications, in many cases. (This was my original impetus to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment to my patients).

You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery.

Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.

Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.

Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.

When a doctor has utilized all the methodologies at his disposal but the pain is still present, it may be time to seek out a pain management specialist.

Don’t we all want to live our lives without any pain? Don’t settle and don’t give up. There are a wealth of viable, high quality treatments to combat many types of neuropathy. Find a doctor who understands the origin of your pain and offers a detailed treatment protocol strategy designed specifically for you.

Once treatment begins, call or email your doctor and give him an update about how you are feeling. Don’t politely wait until your next appointment. If something isn’t working, your doctor can make changes and adjustments. Always remember, as a patient, you are the doctor’s customer.

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