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CRPS Treatment: pain in left leg for 4 years

General details and patient's info

Gender:Male.
Age:38 years old at the time of treatment.
Home Country:USA.
Illness duration:4 years prior to the Neridronate Treatment.
Cause:Bunion surgery.
Symptoms:Symptoms started in the foot after a bunion surgery, and then moved up the left leg. Pain described as 8/10 daily; pins and needles; swelling of the foot; change in color towards purple of the leg from the knee below.
Clinical evaluation:CRPS. 
Time of treatment:May 2022.

Why the Patient decided to undergo the CRPS Treatment in Italy

This patient had tried various treatment options in the USA, from Ketamine infusions to scrambler therapy, passing by intense pain management and physical therapy. None of these treatments had brought him acceptable results, physical therapy ended up traumatizing the patient as the physiotherapist was not aware of CRPS and how to deal with a patient affected by it. He found out about the treatment in Italy and came as soon as it was possible for him.

Medical treatment the Patient underwent in Italy

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a severely painful and disabling disease for which a multitude of therapeutic interventions have been proposed. In the past two decades, only Bisphosphonates gained credibility. In recent years, more convincing evidence has become available on the use of Parenteral Neridronate. Since 2014, this drug is registered and marketed in Italy for the treatment of CRPS. To date, the only therapeutic schedule that is recognized to be able to confer benefit is the intravenous (IV) administration of 100 mg given 4 times.

4 neridronate infusions (100mg, I.v. in saline Solution 0,9% 250 ml)

See the Official Study on the Oxford Academics website: https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/52/3/534/1777330
3 sessions Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Treatment Treatment with Physiotherapist.
Rehabilitation therapy is a full body workout which focuses on the general wellbeing of the body, to help the affected limb get back to its normal self.
8 days Light Therapy (in hotel room, 30+ more minutes each day)
30 minutes or more of usage of the MTI Light Therapy reduces inflammation, increase micro-circulation, relax nerves and muscles, reduces pain transmission, accelerates healing, regenerates cells, and promotes cells activation.
8 nights Biophysical Treatment (5 hours each night while the patients are asleep)
MTI’s Biophysical Treatment is the outcome of 25 years of research and studies. It has been certified by the best Italian Universities, partners from both public and private teams. The Biophysical treatment acts on the roots of the disease, brings relief to the inflammatory condition, helps the cells regeneration, the oxygenation, the micro-circulation, and the lymphatic system.

Daily Report

DAY 1: Arrival at the Venice airport, greeted by his Patient Manager, followed by check-in at his Hotel in Verona. Briefing focused on the next days.

DAY 2: Morning pick-up by his Patient Manager, 1st visit with the Rheumatologist Professor, 1st Rehabilitation session, and 1st infusions. The patient was very apprehensive of the rehabilitation session, given his past history with it. However, having a professional 100% aware of CRPS, who deals with patients having this pathology on a daily basis, the session went by very smoothly and the patient managed to relax.

DAY 3: Morning pick-up by his Patient Manager, 2nd infusions. Tourism in Padova.

DAY 4: Rest day in the hotel, in contact with his Patient Manager.

DAY 5: Morning pick-up by his Patient Manager, 2nd Rehabilitation session and 3rd infusions. Tourism in Verona.

DAY 6: Morning pick-up by his Patient Manager, 3rd Rehabilitation session, 4th infusions and 2nd visit with the Rheumatologist Professor.

DAY 7-8: Rest days in the hotel, in contact with his Patient Manager.

DAY 9: Pick-up by his Patient Manager, check-out, and drop-off at the Venice airport for his trip back home.

Follow up

JULY 2022 (2 months after Neridronate treatment): the patient notices the swelling of his foot has gone down, and his pain levels have dropped to 6/10 daily.

OCTOBER 2022 (5 months after Neridronate treatment): the patient refers to the swelling being completely gone, and discoloration of the lower leg not happening as often as it used to. Pain levels have dropped to 3/10.

FEBRUARY 2023 (9 months after Neridronate treatment): The patient is continuing the exercises advised by the physiotherapist he saw in Italy, his improvements are lasting, and his pain levels are around 2/3 on “bad days” and have reached 0 on most days.

Conclusion

This patient has seen a reduction of pain levels from 8/10 to 0/10 or 2/10 on bad days. For a 4 years case, these are amazing results to be seen. Surely, the treatment itself and the exercises indicated by our physiotherapist has helped this patient reach this kind of results regardless of the length of his CRPS battle.

DISCLAIMER
This is not a medical case study; it merely describes each patient’s journey, and it omits all personal data. The people who redacted it are not doctors but all the facts reported are objective and represent the patient’s reality thanks to the information in our possession. The report is not part of any clinical trials. It was written to provide more information to patients who have made multiple requests for treatment outcomes of cases like theirs.