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Dear Pain Matters blog readers,
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Dr Katinka van der Merwe (aka Dr Katinka) at The Neurologic Relief Center, Arkansas, USA, has expertise in various non-invasive pain treatments including Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM).
For more on Dr Katinka’s unique insights into CRPS, please click her following guest blog post on the RSDSA website:
Putting Out the Fire: A Brand New Approach to Treating RSD/CRPS (12 April 2016)
Frequency Specific Microcurrent is a very small current – so small that it can not even be detected by sensory nerves. As such, it is not painful. In fact, this current is similar to the current that is naturally produced by each cell in our body.
The FSM device (now FDA-approved) is used to treat nerve pain and injury to the spinal cord as well as many other chronic and painful conditions (see References). Its co-founder and FSM expert, Dr Carolyn McMakin, even used this system to successfully treat her own son for CRPS.
Sunday’s Treatments For CRPS Including Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
Sunday is a welder by trade who lives with her young daughter in Texas. Sunday used to enjoy an active life that included basketball and softball.
Unfortunately, Sunday had a motor vehicle accident (MVA) that involved rolling her truck 6 times. Tragically, Sunday suffered severe headaches for 3 years after this MVA. Sunday said that her intense headaches affected 7 areas in her head including the right side, adding that they felt like a knife going in and out of her head.
Shortly after her MVA, Sunday developed severe CRPS that affected her right hand to above her right elbow. Even a light touch on her right arm was excruciating. Sunday also had complete numbness in all 3 middle fingers in her right hand as well as some swelling in her right forearm and hand.
Sunday stated that her severe pain never went away after her MVA, with the exception of 3 days of relief obtained during a nerve block done to the back of her head. Her pain levels were always ‘5’ or greater, regardless of her pain treatment. Sunday also tried epidurals (where her entire right arm was numbed), Botox injections, electroshock therapy, topical pain medications, acupuncture and many more pain treatments. Sadly, nothing helped. Sunday stated that her severe and unrelenting pain was starting to affect her mental state.
In 2015, Sunday travelled interstate from Texas to Arkansas in the hope that she might find some pain relief at The Neurologic Relief Center, headed by Dr Katinka. Dr Katinka’s non-invasive treatments were different from Sunday’s other pain treatments to date. This is because Dr Katinka focused on treating the original injury caused by her car accident. In Dr Katinka’s view, Sunday likely sustained an injury to her upper cervical region during her motor vehicle accident that may also have led to CRPS in her right arm.
Following treatment of her injured upper cervical spine on her first day, Sunday’s pain levels dropped to a ‘4’. After her 2nd day of treatment, Sunday’s pain dropped further to a ‘3’. On her 3rd day of treatment, Sunday’s pain was a ‘4’ prior to undergoing FSM.
Guess what happened next??
During her 1st FSM treatment on her 3rd day, Sunday started to feel some tingling in her 3 fingers! Wow!! (Until now, Sunday had endured 3 years of numbness in these 3 middle fingers, post-MVA.) Sunday’s pain levels also dropped to a ‘3’ after FSM. Finally, there was no more pain above Sunday’s wrist and her pain was now limited to the base of her wrist following her successful FSM therapy.
In Sunday’s words,
‘It does not hurt [above the wrist] … It’s awesome … It’s awkward … It’s weird … Just my joints are sore, but everything else is not [sore] …’
Thus, Sunday felt more than 50% better within only 1 week of treatment at The Neurologic Relief Center! Sunday’s pain due to CRPS was now limited to her right wrist only and a tingling sensation had finally returned to her 3 fingers for the first time after 3 years of numbness following her MVA. The swelling in her right arm was also reduced.
Sunday’s first week at The Neurologic Relief Center offered hope that a life with less pain and greater right hand function was now possible! Sunday was excited about completing the full 10-week treatment program at this Center shortly.
Other CRPS Patients Successfully Treated By Dr Katinka
For dozens of other CRPS success stories, please follow the links in:
Frequency Specific Microcurrent may offer pain relief and improved function for some chronic pain patients including CRPS patients. As such, FSM warrants further investigation (see References for papers by FSM expert, Dr Carolyn McMakin).
It is heart-warming to see that some CRPS patients such as Sunday are finally getting their lives back thanks to passionate and compassionate Pain Doctors including Dr Katinka!
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Sunday’s CRPS Story – 3 YouTubes by Dr Katinka van der Merwe
(1A) Sunday’s 1st Day of Treatment for CRPS (16 March 2015)
(1B) Sunday’s 3rd Day of Treatment for CRPS (18 March 2015)
NB This YouTube includes a discussion of Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM).
(1C) Sunday’s 5th Day of Treatment for CRPS (20 March 2015)
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) for Pain
(2A) McMakin, Carolyn. Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management (3 December 2010); Pages 1-256.
eBook ISBN: 9780702049255
Paperback ISBN: 9780443069765
(2B) McMakin, Carolyn. Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Using Frequency Specific Microcurrent. The Pain Practitioner (2010); 20(3); 68-73.
(2C) Thomas, Brooke. Carolyn McMakin: The Resonance of Repair (A 68 Minute-Podcast Interview with Carolyn McMakin). Liberated Body (23 December 2014); LBP 030.
(2D) Treating RSD / CRPS With Frequency Specific Microcurrent (a 75-minute YouTube done 18 September 2014 by Dr Carolyn McMakin)
(2E) Other YouTubes By Dr Carolyn McMakin