Conquering pain at last
Dr. David Farley opens Pain Relief of Oregon in West Linn
Amanda Siebe had tried almost everything to rid herself of the excruciating pain she suffered from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This included epidermal steroids, nerve blocks, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, acupuncture, a multi-disciplinary approach (which took 40 hours a week and did not help her), Chinese herbs and copious amounts of medications.
I was very close to running out of options, Siebe said.
Then she went to Dr. David Farleys Pain Relief of Oregon clinic in West Linn and got her life back. You can tell this just by looking at her face.
Before, Siebes face was clouded by pain, suffering etched on her features. Now her face is radiant and her eyes are bright. Where once she was bald from all of the stress she was under, Siebe now has lustrous light-brown hair that is growing longer all of the time.
When she first came to the clinic Siebe was curled up into a fetal position, her legs were purple and swollen, her skin was extremely sensitive. But once she was hooked onto Farleys Calmare machine, everything changed.
Within 15 minutes, I went from excruciating pain down to zero, Siebe said. The relief lasted for four hours. I walked out of that office. I was able to drive my car home. I helped my son with his homework. I walked my dog. I got my life back.
Farley may not be a miracle man, but he is the first doctor to bring the Calmare machine to Oregon. His clinic has only been operating since February, but he is building up a large volume of success stories of people he has helped with pain, like Siebe.
Farley was already long established in the West Linn medical community, having founded the West Linn Family Health Center in 1989. But he was frustrated by how little he could do for his patients who were in chronic pain.
I introduced the Calmare pain treatment at the start of this year, Farley said. I arranged a demonstration for 25 patients over three days, and I was amazed at the potential I found. This was the type of chronic pain that made people lose hope. But with this machine, I saw people losing their pain completely or having it reduced to tolerable levels.
The Calmare device was invented in Italy 10 years ago and brought to the U.S. four years ago. The device uses the Scrambler Therapy system, which sends a series of complex low-voltage signals to the brain. The message: no pain.
We give one treatment that usually lets us know if a patient will respond to this technology, Farley said. It usually takes 10 treatments to achieve the best results. This retrains the brain and makes it accept no pain signals.
It is going really well, he said. Were having the kind of results that we expected. Dozens of people are able to get pain relief that they couldnt in any other way.
People who have had failed back surgery or diabetic neuropathy in their feet and legs are finding their way to Farleys clinic. But CRPS is notoriously difficult to treat, according to Farley.
It develops in response to a routine injury, but it causes a terribly dramatic response, Farley said.
That is what happened to Siebe. She was young and very active, a wife and mother, and an EMT and firefighter in her hometown of Independence. She was well known and highly respected in her community.
Then one day in 2011, she sprained an ankle on the job. She thought nothing of it. She had had sprained ankles before. But her life was shockingly and completely changed. Her situation got so bad that she has even been kicked out of emergency rooms in Oregon, Washington and California because staff members at those facilities suspected she was only trying to score some pills or was a drug addict.
Siebe made the sad discovery of how little credibility people suffering from chronic pain have in emergency rooms. Her pain totally dominated the life of her family, and her husband, Steven, was forced to give up his career as an animator in order to care for her.
Hope sprung when she became one of Farleys first pain clinic patients in February. Within her first 15 minutes of treatment, she was pain free. Her CRPS is not yet conquered, but subsequent treatments have allowed her to have longer and longer periods of relief from pain.
The only downside to the Calmare treatment is the cost. Since the technology is so new, insurance companies do not cover it. That is why the first treatment is free, to see whether a patient responds well, and Farleys staff works with people to handle the financial burden of treatment as much as possible.
For someone like Amanda Siebe, the treatment she has received from Pain Relief of Oregon has been priceless.
Before, it was very difficult to think about anything but the amount of pain I was in. It was so consuming, Siebe said. We can now at least think about the future.
Pain Relief of Oregon is located at 18380 Willamette Drive, Suite 102, in West Linn. For more information, visit painrelieforegon.com or call 971-252-1031.
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