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Marlboro Father Finds Answers and Compassion After Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

By |2019-01-17T11:39:43-05:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

Brian Giacchi has experienced muscle spasms off and on since age 9. When the condition ramped up in his 20s, he sought medical advice. Unfortunately, several years of doctors’ visits, testing, and frustration failed to solve the mystery. Then finally, at age 34, he got an answer: he had [...]

Saving Face: A Lifetime of Nerve Pain Ends After Microvascular Decompression Surgery

By |2019-01-17T10:34:18-05:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

A few years ago, Walter “Bud” Burch’s wife, Kathy, found him on the kitchen floor writhing in pain. He had to be carried to their truck before being driven to the emergency department. Suffering from a chronic condition called trigeminal neuralgia, Bud lived with this kind of intense pain [...]

Neuromodulation Therapy Blocks Your Pain Signals

By |2018-10-23T16:16:59-05:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

While some people live with some degree of pain, those with chronic pain may struggle to complete even the simplest activities of daily living, severely impacting their quality of life. A relatively new therapy—neuromodulation—can greatly alleviate discomfort for chronic pain sufferers. Neuromodulation devices work by delivering gentle electrical impulses to [...]

MS Doesn’t Stop This Tough Mudder Competitor

By |2018-09-05T15:50:05-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

For Bob Granito, the personal obstacles he conquers during a 12-mile Tough Mudder® are harsher than the challenges of a 16-foot-high wall, dangling live wires, or a water pit. A veteran participant of 10 Tough Mudders, the 55-year-old Freehold resident demonstrates that his multiple sclerosis (MS) does not define [...]

Facing the Pain: Monroe Woman Finally Finds Relief from Trigeminal Neuralgia

By |2018-09-05T16:02:06-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

In 1993, Elizabeth Losardo, then 64, and her husband Michael, had just retired from Brooklyn to Monroe Township and were ready to start living the good life—including wintering in Florida. As Elizabeth recalls, it was a normal day. She woke up and merely had an innocent yawn. The next [...]

Rehab Gets Mom Back Walking on Her Own Two Feet

By |2018-09-05T16:07:13-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Ulcerative colitis by itself would have been bad enough. By the time Kristin Detamore, then 35, returned to work as a school social worker after the birth of her second son, she was accustomed to the pain from inflammatory bowel disease. But the headache baffled her. Unfortunately, the headache soon [...]

Moving Forward – Following Up with a Young Stroke Survivor

By |2018-09-05T16:11:43-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

That optimism came from a 24-year-old woman who just the year previously had her life turned upside down by a stroke. Now, more than two years later, Alex's positivity has only grown as she continues to make remarkable progress in her recovery. In December 2012, Alex was just getting [...]

A Young Stroke Survivor Credits Fast Action for Her Recovery

By |2019-01-18T05:44:54-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Catherine Zalewski knew right away that she was having a stroke. She just wasn’t able to tell anyone around her. Catherine, who was Miss New Jersey in 2011, was working at her gym as a personal trainer on the morning of July 30 when she suddenly began feeling “very [...]

Tough But Ready with LSVT Rehab

By |2018-09-05T14:41:54-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Lydia Arana, 79, is a soft-spoken woman, living with Parkinson’s disease but not willing to let it keep her down. The Matawan resident was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease in 2007 and has lived with fluctuating levels of intense tremors for years, but last year she started the [...]

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