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The Calmare Connection Joins Two Women from Texas and Australia with RSD

November 13, 2015

BlackburnDianne came to us from Texas suffering from full-body RSD.

She was initially injured as a child and has been suffering with chronic pain for decades.

Despite her serious healthcare challenges, Dianne was able to earn her Registered Nurse (RN) degree while she experienced some remission.

But following back surgery in 2000, the RSD flared its ugly head yet again.

Over the years, Dianne underwent several different therapies and tried various prescribed medications to help lessen the pain.

A long history of unsuccessful neuropathic pain treatments

As most RSD patients can confirm, these efforts were unfortunately unsuccessful. Dianne had repeated nerve blocks, Ketamine, not-one-but-two spinal stimulators impanted, an implanted drug pump and used several powerful medications, to no avail.

Equally frustrating, the side effects from all the prescribed drugs opened the door to listlessness, weight gain, depression, too much sleep and/or insomnia.

But even while ensuring all these obstacles, with the support of her family, she didn’t give up looking for pain and symptom relief.

Using her own health and medical education expertise, she never stopped searching for new RSD treatments to help overcome her increasingly severe symptoms.

Two women worlds apart find common ground with chronic pain

From Texas, she connected online with our patient Michelle, who had a similar medical history, who had traveled from Australia to New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy RSD treatments and sustained an outstanding patient outcome.


Michelle shares her Calmare Therapy NJ story here:


Calmare Technology 2012After many texts and emails back and forth, Dianne and her husband decided to make the long 3,000 mile trip to New Jersey where she underwent ten 30-minute scrambler therapy treatments each day.

Steadily, her pain began to decrease and each day, the pain relief lasted for longer periods of time.

She told Dr. Cooney she really couldn’t describe what she felt as her pain began to diminish because it had been so long since she had experienced any relief.

An ‘astonished’ Texan finally achieves RSD pain relief

Earlier this week, Dianne completed her treatments and reported an “astonished” 0 pain level upon her departure. She also significantly reduced her medication needs.

Because of the long-term severity of her condition, Dianne may need to return periodically for booster treatments. We’ve advised her to take it easy, sleep at least 8-hours a night, do not  “do too much” each day, and slowly get back to enjoying her life again, which she so richly deserves.

Calmare logoWould You Like to Talk with Us About Your Chronic Pain Condition?

Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to contact you:

Calmare NJ’s Patient-to-Patient Program in Action

CALMARE P2P WEB BANNERSince so many people with neuropathy /chronic pain have attempted several different treatments and therapies to minimize their discomfort (often without success), we launched our exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program which puts potential Calmare Therapy patients in touch with another patient with the same disease / medical condition who has already undergone scrambler therapy with us.

We thought it was a great way to help future patients feel less anxiety about moving forward and it offered the freedom to share experiences and concerns with someone who could relate to their battle.

We have more than 50 previous Calmare patients who are part of this program and volunteer their time to talk with new patients by email, phone or Skype.
Diana Slade,
a South African with CRPS who traveled more than 7,000 miles to New Jersey for treatment last year, chatted via email a few months ago with a new patient from Missouri, also with CRPS, prior to her coming here for treatment.

Here’s an excerpt of an email Di sent to the woman in Missouri:

Di’s CRPS Diagnosis and Treatment History:

“I developed CRPS in my foot 6 long years ago after back surgery. I had joint degeneration in my lower spine, chips off L5 and L4, and overall wear and tear (too many horses and motorbikes!).

In all, I had 8 back operations.

I went through every painkiller you can imagine, courses of epileptic drugs, Ketamine creme, and two rhizotomies (an invasive surgical procedure which severs nerve roots in the spinal cord through the insertion of an electrified hot probe to the sensory nerve just outside the joint).  After these efforts were unsuccessful, I went through a long, painful and ultimately failed spinal cord stimulator implant.

My husband discovered Calmare on an Internet search and we soon realized Dr. Cooney in the U.S. specialized in CRPS cases. While going for treatment in Italy would have been closer, we decided to fly 15 hours to Newark, New Jersey, USA, for Dr. Cooney’s treatment in late 2014.

When I arrived in the States at Dr. Cooney’s clinic, my pain level was a 10/10.

There was no improvement after 3 daily treatments. But on day 4, everything started to change quickly. (I recall Dr. Cooney smiling wryly at my expression of utter shock).

My pain began to steadily diminish every day after that. After 11 treatments,  I left the U.S. PAIN FREE for the first time I can remember.  Even sitting on the loooonnng flight back to South Africa–no pain!! w my life has changed since Calmare

  • I am no longer living a ‘blurry life’. ( I do not take any pain medications)
  • I can take a shower
  • I can easily put-on and take-off a pair of socks
  • I sleep for 6 hours straight
  • I can finally put my foot in a stirrup again and ride (my business and my passion)
  • My family has their Mom back!
Calthy (left) shown with Di during her treatment.
Cathy (left) and Di during her treatments at Calmare Therapy NJ

As Dr. Cooney tells everyone, this is not a “miracle cure” but it is a treatment that works for many people — and I was fortunate to have been one of them.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend a spinal implant or pump of any sort. In my experience, there are too many that fail.  And then what??

Doc and his staff, especially Cathy, are amazing. Having read your email, what have you to lose?  You have a life to regain.

Please shout if I can help you with anything else and good luck!

Di

“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.

Welcoming Calmare patient with CRPS from Australia

May 1, 2014

Australia flagI took a few days of R & R with my family last week but, to be honest, I was eager to get back and check-in on my existing Calmare scrambler therapy patients and start our standard 10-treatment series protocol for a lovely woman who arrived here last weekend from Perth, Australia. She began treatment on Monday, April 28.

She was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in 2012 after knee surgery. Her CRPS condition expanded into her left leg and eventually up to her right arm.

We began corresponding earlier this year and she ultimately took the long, long 24-hour plane ride (particularly with her chronic pain condition) from Perth to New York City.

When she arrived, her pain level bounced between 7 – 9 . Thus, our challenge is substantial. After three Calmare treatments, I can say, “So far, so very good.” I look forward to updating you on her progress going forward.

Dr. Michael Cooney

My latest article on Spine Universe about Calmare scrambler therapy helping a pharma tech with severe RSD

spine-universe logoBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney

For those of you who know me, you’re fully aware that I don’t tend to support using debilitating and expensive painkillers to treat pain.

Imagine the irony when  a patient from Maryland came to see me, suffering with severe RSD, who  worked for a pharmaceutical company.

I’ve written about her treatment story  in my new column for SpineUniverse.com, a terrific resource for anyone with head pain and migraines, neck pain and back pain. I highly recommend their site for accurate and up-to-the-minute research findings.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

Pain management physician at Johns Hopkins recommends pharma tech undergo Calmare Therapy for RSD pain

Amy Horwitz headshotForty-six-year-old Amy Horwitz is a bigger-than-life, vivacious, “mover and shaker”. So when complications from a 2010 neck surgery left her immobilized and bedridden, her whole life was turned upside down. She was no longer the care-free, independent woman she used to be. Not only did Amy become dependent on a cane or walker to get around, but her husband had to quit his job to stay home and care for her.

She knew it was time to seek professional help to figure out the source of her never-ending chronic pain. “I felt like I had a boa constrictor going around my legs. I felt pain everywhere from my head to my toes,” Amy explains. “My pain was literally off the charts.”

The former pharma tech is handed scripts for painkillers

Amy's hand before Calmare Therapy
Amy’s hand before Calmare Therapy

Desperate for relief, Amy visited several highly regarded medical specialists, including an orthopedist and a neurosurgeon. But instead of receiving a diagnosis, she was told that her pain was psychogenic (in the mind) and she received a myriad of prescriptions for antidepressants, muscle relaxants and strong narcotics, including the highly addictive Oxycotin. As a former pharmaceutical tech, Amy was well aware of the debilitating side effects of these narcotics, some of which she had experienced firsthand. “I wanted relief─but did not want to live my life dependent on expensive and dangerous pain medications,” says Amy.

Amy and her husband face the source of her chronic pain–head-on

Disappointed but not defeated, Amy took matters into her own hands. With the help of her devoted husband, they conducted extensive research of her symptoms on the Internet and agreed in their mutual self-diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). She immediately made an appointment with a top RSD specialist at John Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. After hearing of Amy’s desire for a drug-free solution to her chronic pain,  her doctor  recommended a newer treatment for pain that tricks the brain’s pain signal and is showing great results for RSD sufferers–Calmare Therapy

Calmare uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach to pain management. It is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin to deliver a ‘no-pain’ message directly to the nerve. After Amy’s online research turned up numerous success stories from RSD patients treated with Calmare Therapy, she was finally feeling hopeful. She left her home in Maryland and headed to the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in NJ to meet Dr. Cooney, the man with the machine that she hoped would give her back her life.

Amy's hand after treatment.
Amy’s hand after treatment.

When Amy first arrived at Dr. Cooney’s office on May 20, 2013, her pain was a 10 / 10 on the Pain Scale. After just one 45-minute Calmare treatment, she started to feel immediate relief. After nine more sessions, one per day, her pain level dropped to 2 / 10. “The swelling on my hands had gone down and the pain in my legs had significantly improved. I am finally able to move on my own. I can honestly say I feel like myself again for the first time in years,” says Amy. She is still amazed by the fact that she can grab a glass and put ice in it herself. “It is an incredible feat for me,” laughs Amy.

She is very grateful to Dr. Cooney for making it possible. “I can’t believe how lucky I was to have met him,” she says. “He is the nicest doctor I have ever known– caring, considerate, thoughtful, great bedside manner–and most of all–a great heart. I don’t know what I would have done without him.”

Amy starts on her own mission to help others with RSD

While Amy is not completely pain-free, she says she can finally see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Now she wants other people suffering from chronic pain to see that light as well. She has already referred several patients from her RSD support group to Calmare Therapy and she’s planning to call as many media outlets as she can in Maryland to tell them about this side-effect-free treatment for many kinds of chronic pain.

Amy does not know what her future will bring. She hopes to try yoga and ride a rollercoaster again. But one thing she knows for sure is that, “I’m moving and I’m not stopping  ever again.”

Our Calmare patient shares her summer update

Note from Dr. Cooney:

“I received this message this morning and won’t name the patient to retain her privacy.  She came to us with severe RSD, but had a very positive response earlier this year.  I am going to mention in my letter back to her not to do too much every day and not to worry about scheduling a booster treatment unless her pain comes back!

As you can see, this is not a women who is going to let RSD take her down… This letter is the best way in the world for my week to begin.  I have a great job.”

Hey my favorite group of people!!!! I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day Doc! I just want to thank you again for the awesome job you do! I can’t tell you enough times that God sent us to you and your magic machine. I am almost off  Lortab; I have weaned myself to a half of a 10 twice a day and have 2 days left, then I start working on the last 4.

Before therapy, I would literally lose days during the week but now I think I am gaining days to make up for lost time 🙂

Since I have been home, I have only missed Sunday church service twice and can wear my 

rollercoaster

heels now too!!! This coming weekend is our grand-daughter’s birthday and I am so excited!! Then the next weekend, I’m going for a 3-day music fest–and rollercoasters!!!

In July, we are taking a weekend to go visit friends–and more rollercoasters!!

August….Jury duty, our anniversary weekend at the beach, our daughter is getting married, plus drag racing in between all that.

In Sept. or Oct., we are coming back to see you for a booster treatment!!! I want to come where I can get a Friday and Sat appt. just to give me a good jump on the cold weather sets in.

OH!! Since I have left Jersey I have lost 20 lbs!!! AWESOME!!!!

Words can never ever express how grateful we are for you and your staff!! I hope you have an AWESOME week!!!!

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

During the past 12 months, the volume of patients we are treating for these conditions has quadrupled. As a result, we issued this news release emphasizing that our patient base is largely comprised of people with RSD, CRPS and RND (with patients ranging from decade-long suffering to about a year).

Keep in mind, Calmare has also be very successful treating other chronic neuropathic conditions including chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain and other conditions.

NEWS RELEASE

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

Calmare Certified Location LogoCalmare Therapy New Jersey, a partner practice with Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is now specializing in the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment for patients living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This specialization was announced after marked clinical success treating patients with these treatment and medication-resistant neuropathic diseases.

“We have consistently documented an 80 percent successful outcome rate treating RSD and CRPS patients using scrambler therapy,” says Dr. Michael J. Cooney, a doctor of chiropractic and one of 10 certified providers of Calmare in the U.S. “There are thousands of people living in severe pain every day with these diseases. I believe we can help most of them.”

Calmare, an FDA-cleared, pain-free, drug-free, scrambler therapy, is performed through very low doses of electricity transmitted through 16 different algorithms (electrodes) to disrupt the chronic pain loop message from the brain.

“I traveled 1,000 miles from Mississippi to see Dr. Cooney and try Calmare and it was worth every minute,” says Matt Hannon, a technology manager who contracted RSD in his left foot after a back surgery. “I needed only eight of the 10 treatments because I was feeling 0 pain. Best of all, I am no longer using any pain medication.”

Calmare Technology 2012Rutherford Allied Medical Group, located seven miles from New York City in Bergen County NJ, is comprised of board-certified physicians, chiropractic specialists and physical therapists that treat pain biophysically, without medication. Calmare Pain Treatment Therapy® is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive scrambler therapy proven to help relieve several types of severe chronic pain. For more information, call (201) 933-4440 or visit calmaretherapynj.com.

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Joy from West Virginia wins the RSD war with Calmare Therapy

Last week, I received this update from Joy:

“I have come off of 5 meds so far since my last Calmare treatment. I can’t believe the difference in my clarity. I never really read the side effects of them until yesterday… Thanks again for your magic machine.  The first Saturday I was home, my husband and I took a little hike! He has been so happy with the outcome of the treatments! Okie dokie, keep working your magic!!”

Joy_WV_4.2013Joy is one of those vivacious people who are bigger than life–she has a winning personality and charisma that is off the charts  (her name suits her perfectly). The fact that she’s been living for years with RSD pain in her foot after a fall is unbelievable.

Yet again, her neurologist told her that to minimize the RSD pain she would need a neurostimulator implanted into her spine and a tabletop full of drugs. And, like many,  she simply said, “no.”

Joy came to see me last year to try one Calmare treatment.  I offer this to anyone who I feel may benefit from the treatment. (The first visit is free if there is no reduction in pain. If they feel the relief, then that visit is the first of ten). While patients don’t always experience immediate pain relief, so do. This was Joy’s case. In fact,  she went home after a single treatment (the standard protocol is a 10-treatment series, one per day). But a year later the pain returned and she decided to undergo the full treatment series to achieve longer-lasting pain relief. However, her response early on was so successful that we agreed that eight treatments was enough and off she went back to West Virginia.

She filmed a video here depicting her experience. As you can see, this is not a woman who is going to give up easily. And, thankfully, she left us, wearing her favorite boots again.

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