AN INDIANA mother finally uncovers a successful therapy for her teenager’s rEFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY (RSD)
“Over the past year and a half, I have taken my daughter to the top hospitals in the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. No one could find a successful treatment for Amanda’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD),” says Jennifer Davidson of Carmel, Indiana. “In fact, in a few cases, her symptoms actually worsened after treatment.”
After sixteen-year-old Amanda endured countless medical examinations, spinal blocks, epidurals, bones scans, MRIs, EMGs, EKGs, ultrasounds and x-rays, it was determined she contracted RSD in her toes, heal and above her ankle as a result of an ankle cast which was administered too tightly after an ankle sprain was misdiagnosed as a fracture. RSD is a chronic pain disorder characterized by more than just aches and soreness. Over time, the resulting discomfort can escalate to burning pain, sweating, joint swelling, and extreme sensitivity to the touch. The condition often begins as a result of an injured limb, trauma, surgery, heart attack, or infection. The syndrome has been particularly frustrating to the medical community because of the diversity of pain symptoms and difficulty in successfully treating the constant pain.
“The hardest part of this nightmare has been watching my daughter suffer every minute of every day. Worst of all, we haven’t been able to touch her for well over a year,” Jennifer says. A distant relative in Chicago was assisting Jennifer with her nightly Internet research for a solution. She discovered several RSD patients speaking on video about Calmare Therapy as a new treatment which had successfully alleviated their constant pain. After researching Calmare further and weighing the different pain treatment facilities offering treatment in theU.S., Jennifer told Amanda to pack her bags for a road trip to New Jersey.
Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® is an FDA-cleared, 510 (k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified solution for pain control and drug resistant pain. It uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin, like an EKG. Very low doses of electricity are transmitted from the electrodes through the skin to block the pain. The source of the pain may be a result of chronic conditions including RSD, fibromyalgia, injury, cancer and chemotherapy, diabetic pain, lower back pain, chronic neck pain, failed back surgery syndrome, phantom limb pain and general pain neuropathy. Calmare Therapy is pain-free, non-invasive and free of side effects.
Amanda received 10 daily 45-minute treatments over the next two weeks. “When we arrived at Dr. Cooney’s office, my daughter’s pain was a 10/10. After four treatments her pain was a 4/5 and today, her pain is a consistent 0/1,” Jennifer reports. She attributes the success of the therapy to the Calmare technology but also to Dr. Cooney’s 30 years of experience treating chronic pain. “In order to successfully treat pain, you have to clearly understand where the pain is coming from in order to defeat it.”
Today, Amanda is back home in Indiana enjoying the summer with her friends, just like any other healthy teenager. She’s also wearing shorts and flip-flops for the first time in more than a year. Most importantly, family and friends can offer a quick hug or wrap an arm around her shoulder again without causing excruciating pain. To view a video of Jennifer and Amanda Davidson sharing their stories, click here.