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CRPS Skin Blisters: Another Painful Side Effect

July 17, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

When complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is discussed, the primary focus is the extreme and widespread nerve pain caused by the disease.

The neuropathy can quickly affect mobility, being able to work or attend school, diminish socialization and decrease the overall quality of life.

In cases where the person’s CRPS has exacerbated over a long period of time, some people develop skin abnormalities which can take on varying presentations and can also cause a great deal of discomfort.

For some people, the skin issues result in blisters or lesions that do not heal.

CRPS Skin Manifestations

Approximately 71 percent of patients with CRPS for a duration of at least five years have skin manifestations in varying degrees of severity.

These skin changes usually present in the combination of a rash, mottling, cyanosis or erythema resulting in circular lesions generally up to one inch in diameter.

Some patients’ lesions appear as spontaneous recurring bruises which may or may not be near the pain site/s.

During the course of the condition, the skin can also become shiny and highly sensitive to touch, or even the wind.

Fingernails are ridged, thin, and break easily. Overall, there may also be eventual muscle atrophy (weakness).

In addition to CRPS-specific changes, patients may also experience often have concomitant venous stasis (slow blood flow in the veins, usually the legs), cellulitis (a bacterial infection under the skin surface characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and soreness), and skin ulceration.

Calmare’s Role in Healing Skin Lesions

I have performed Calmare Therapy since 2011. About 40 percent percent of our RSD / CRPS patients arrive at our clinic with some kind of skin abnormality.

The cause of these skin blisters / lesions or malformations is unclear, but my opinion is that they may be attributed to the ongoing result of brain misinterpretation or ongoing blood flow issues.

While we are not sure of the etiology, we have seen a surprisingly rapid decrease (healing) of these skin issues in CRPS patients for whom Calmare is successful.

As you can see from the examples below, the results are very significant after just a 2-week course of 10 Calmare Therapy treatment sessions.

Bridget (name changed for patient privacy):

Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

 

Austin 

This 18-year-old male patient had open sores on his affected areas for such a long period of time, he could not recall when they first presented.

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

Have CRPS Treatment Efforts Failed You?

The majority of our patients have already tried all the medications, painful treatments, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators (SCS), etc., without success.

But even with all these disappointments, they have not given up hope.

If you are battling CRPS, I will speak with you personally about your case and together, we will come to a mutual determination if Calmare might be a suitable therapy option for you.

calmare, pain management, chronic pain, scrambler therapyShould you wish to speak with one of our CRPS patient volunteers who has already had Calmare Therapy, we will be happy to make a referral for you via our exclusive Patient-2-Patient program.

Feel free to contact me directly by calling (201) – 933-4440 or privately email us at Calmarenj@gmail.com.

We will reply to your message within 48 hours.

Until then, wishing you a low pain day, and many more on the road ahead.

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Burning Nights (UK) Features Calmare Therapy for Pediatric CRPS

March 29, 2017

Burning Nights is an outstanding global resource for CRPS sufferers. From clinical trial updates and patient testimonials to a plethora of resources for patients and families, it is no wonder that people worldwide look to founder and CRPS warrior Victoria Abbott-Fleming and her charitable organization for guidance.

Calmare NJ USA has been fortunate to be included as a Burning Nights resource since 2015. Today, Dr. Cooney has shared his third article which highlights the success of scrambler therapy for pediatric patients diagnosed with several types of neuropathy, including CRPS / RSD.

We hope you will visit Burning Nights, if you or a loved one is affected by complex regional pain syndrome to learn more, find support and discover valuable resources.

If you can contribute to their charity, even a little bit, all the better.

Meanwhile, we hope Dr. Cooney’s latest article provides insightful information to parents in search of drug-free, non-invasive treatment to lessen or eliminate their child’s chronic nerve pain.

Wishing you a low pain day.

An 87-year-old and a 16-year-old both reduce their chronic pain after Calmare Therapy

January 2, 2017

Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

As 2016 came to a close, our staff reminisced about our patients from around the world who have entrusted us to help them reduce their chronic pain since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011.

One of the more memorable weeks included two patients battling the debilitating symptoms from complex regional pain syndrome–CRPS–also called RSD.

Eighty-seven-year-old Ann and 16-year-old Katie (right) both suffered from complex regional Katie Triosipain syndrome (CRPS) symptoms at different stages of life. Both were determined to keep searching for a pain management solution that would empower them to resume a quality of life, no longer dictated by chronic pain and the physical symptoms of this disease.

The patients and their families decided to investigate a non-invasive, alternative pain treatment since traditional medicine was not successful. They discovered Dr. Cooney and his successful outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS pain and additional physical symptoms.

After completing the 10-treatment series during the same period, both achieved the lowest pain level they had experienced in years.

Video: Ann and Katie describe their Calmare Therapy treatments following an introduction by our clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney:

Dr. Cooney specializes in the use of scrambler therapy to treat severe neuropathy 

Since scrambler therapy is non-invasive, FDA-cleared and has no side effects, it is safe for the use in children, teens, adults and seniors. Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy NJ specializes in treating these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • CRPS | RSD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain after Chemotherapy – CIPN
  • Shingles
  • Post-Surgical Pain 
  • Diabetic Nerve
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain

If you are ready to learn more about a newer treatment to overcome chronic pain, email us about your condition at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us between 10 am and 6 pm (Eastern | New York City time) at 201-933-4440. 

Calmare Booster Treatments Help Gabriel Keep His Pediatric RSD Under Control

Gabriel_6.2015By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey

A child from here in New Jersey who battles RSD, Gabriel, first came to us as a 9-year-old in December 2013 with severe RSD in his legs. Unlike most of our patients, he did not have a specific injury or surgery that initiated his pediatric chronic pain condition.

Prior to coming to Calmare NJ, he was treated by a rheumatologist, an orthopedist and his pediatrician. His full body CAT scan and MRI were both negative.

His doctors were unsure how to treat his pain. Prior to his mother discovering Calmare in a magazine article, Gabe underwent three painful nerve blocks and was prescribed a number of painkilling drugs, including Gabapentin.

Youngster cannot attend elementary school due to RSD/ CRPS symptoms

Eventually, Gabe was unable to attend school, play soccer or do karate. Even at such a young age, his RSD symptoms mirrored an adult case:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Chronic pain of varying levels of severity
  • Loss of mobility
  • Reliance on crutches to walk

Gabriel_age11_12.2013In 2013, Gabe arrived here and would be the youngest patient we had ever treated using scrambler therapy.

I had a good feeling that we could help Gabe after the first treatment. In fact, after just six sessions, Gabe was pain-free and put his crutches away in the trunk of his car and headed back home to share the great news—and resume the normal life of a young boy.

2014: Three booster treatments sends his pain back into remission

While some fortunate people never experience any significant recurrence of pain after scrambler therapy, some patients experience a recurrence months or even years later, particularly if their case was severe or they suffered with the condition for a long period of time.

In Gabriel’s case, he pain returned about 10 months later. His mother wisely brought him in for treatment. In May, he had two consecutive boosters (1 per day over two consecutive days) and in September he had one more session.

2015: One booster treatment sends his pain back into remission

Nine months later, Gabe was having some pain and wanted to begin using his crutches again. His wonderful Mom brought him in and this time, he only needed a single booster treatment to eliminate the pain.

One note, after his initial treatment cycle in 2013, his RSD skin conditions never returned.

Why I love my job

After just one treatment lasting about 35 minutes, this bright and funny 11-year-old boy confidently walked out of our office (without crutches) ready to face the summer of 2015.  Pain-free.

Would you like to talk with someone from our team about your RSD / CRPS or other chronic pain condition? Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us at (201) 933-4440.

“The Doctors” television program features Calmare scrambler therapy

the doctors 2Needless to say, the CRPS and RSD community has been abuzz since yesterday’s airing on The Doctors that addressed the non-invasive and FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bu1hrRVLVo&feature=youtu.be

My colleague from New York presented a clear and informative overview of why this therapy to treat severe neuropathy can be so effective for patients living with many types of chronic pain, including complex regional pain syndrome, RND  and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Now that the media is finally discovering Calmare, we encourage patients and families who may be on the verge of ‘giving up’ discovering a treatment to alleviate pain will contact us for a consultation. As I noted a few weeks ago, we will even perform a treatment at no charge for patients who we deem viable candidates for scrambler therapy.

Yes, I am a chiropractor, also

February 7, 2014

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This week I’ve had two different patients tell me they didn’t know I was a chiropractor; rather, they assumed I administered Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively.

I have actually been a practicing chiropractic physician in Bergen County for more than 30 years at Rutherford Allied Medical Group here in Rutherford. Some years ago, I was frustrated that we had some patients for whom traditional chiropractic services, and even alternative therapies such as acupuncture, did not lessen or alleviate their acute or chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Kelly, our staff physician, and I agreed we would not resort to him prescribing painkillers, in most cases. Thus, our search for another solution let us, finally, to Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.

Every day, we see patients who live down the street or across the country (as far away as Europe and Australia) in need of pain management to rid them of acute and the most severe chronic pain.

Everyone on our team truly loves being here (and we’ll tell you when you’re here, believe me) because we have an opportunity to use our skills and today’s technology to help people in pain.

I truly have the best job in the world. Good weekend all!

 

Matt visits us for Calmare booster treatments

Matt from MSThat’s the odd thing about Calmare:  Ideally, you hope patients don’t need to come back, but when they do, our team is overjoyed to reconnect with patients whom we have become so friendly with over the two-week treatment cycle.

Matt Hannon, our favorite Mississippian, came up for a week of booster treatments last week in his effort to ward off his RSD pain for a full year.

He posted this today on our Facebook wall this morning, so our day is already perfect at 8:15 am, as a result:

“Had another great week of Calmare booster treatments at Calmare NJ.

Wonderful people, great service, big hearts, wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.  Hoping for a full pain-free year this time! 

Thanks Doc, Kathy and Barbara.  Love you guys.”

Calmare patient celebrates one year pain-free

February 21, 2013Jamie Schmidt

Here’s my favorite 13-year-old, “The Jamster,” a year after his Calmare treatment. 

There are too many wonderful adjectives to describe his mother, Joan.  Leave it to her to commemorate his Calmare treatment anniversary  with a nice butter cream cake and share this event with us!

They are in the midwest or I would have loved to join in the celebration.

Here’s to you, Jamie. Please send cake.

Dr. Cooney takes your questions live on “RSD and You” today!

rsdnad youI am honored to be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s popular “RSD and You” BlogTalk Radio program today at 3 p.m. eastern time.  It’s a relaxed program format where Joseph and I talk about Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment (he is also a patient with another doctor) and then we open up the phone lines for caller questions.

The call-in number is (310) 982-4253 and to listen live just click http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles/2013/02/15/rsd-and-you-show .

If you’d like to join us on chat during the show, you’ll need to first register for the main site at http://blogtalkradio.com/.

If you have questions about scrambler therapy, please feel free to call in. There’s no need to identify yourself if you prefer not to.  Calmare patients are also encouraged to call and share their stories! See you at 3 pm!

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