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Friday, November 3, 2017

Calmare for severe nerve pain: More news

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Four months after a botched podiatric surgery, Ridgewood resident Marilyn Green started to experience intense pain in her right foot. She was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (now largely known as complex regional pain syndrome type 1), a neurological disorder in which pain from damage to the soft tissues and/or peripheral nerves can spread to other parts of the body. Leery of narcotics, she self-prescribed a combination of B-complex vitamins and exercise that had proven beneficial to her mother after a case of shingles. The treatment offered some relief, but the gnawing pain persisted and began to spread. Green came across an article describing a rare procedure known as Calmare, designed to treat neuropathy, the nerve damage and concurrent chronic pain that can arise after chemotherapy, a shingles outbreak, or surgery. In cases like Green’s, says Michael Cooney, a chiropractor who is one of the few practitioners in the state to use the therapy, “we think there’s a hypersensitivity that’s developed within the pain center of the brain.” The Calmare device uses electrodes to move what Cooney calls “a no-pain signal” through the area of pain in order to “reboot” the brain, so that it’s no longer aware of the pain.
Cooney treated Green with 10 sessions of Calmare, and she is now pain free. “When I went in there, my pain level was at nine,” she says. “On day five of the treatments, it was down to zero.”
Calmare is effective only on true neuropathies; it appears to offer relief ranging from 6 to 18 months or longer.

1 comment:

  1. hDr.Blake, I have had various foot problems for years and have seen countless chiropractors, PTs, neurologists, acupuncurists, have orthotics etc. Metatarsalgia has resolved but I am having terrible pain where my sesamoid bones are. Also burning, and numbness. I feel and have a compression fracture in my 9th vertbrae. I thought maybe the foot pain could be caused by my back but the spine dr. says no. She says my sesamoids are causing the problem. Have had rays which are being sent to an otho. dr. I have seen before, but I guess they sesamoids weren't bad enough then. I have been icing, have done PT, use Volteran gel. May have some neuropothy under the metatarsal bone along the arch. I have good shoes, orthotics to give more padding to the sesamoid area. Nothing has relieved this pain. Now am starting to limpI am seeing the ortho dr. this week. I may need a cortisone shot she said. My question is that my back will take 6 more weeks to heal so what type of activity should I be doing for my foot if I should get a cortisone shot or if he would order more PT. I have been released from PT for my back. She tried some kineseo tape for my foot but did not apply it like the photos you show and it burned my foot. My foot does swell but on the top under my 2nd and 3rd toe. Do you think a boot would help me to settle this down a bit. I can walk, but painful and getting worse. Any suggestions would be helpful. Had an mri years ago but not one recently. It showed less fat pad on that toe. I had neuroma surgery on that foot about 20 years ago but that was in between my 3rd and fourth toe and that took a long time to heal. All of this has made me very anxious. I hope you can give me some suggestions. Thanks you. Joan


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