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Marlboro Father Finds Answers and Compassion After Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

By |2019-01-17T11:39:43+00:00January 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 [...]

Jamesburg Mom Finds Relief After Decades of Painful Periods

By |2019-01-17T10:37:35+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Women’s Health|Tags: , , |

Unbearable, debilitating, and disabling are just some of the ways that Krisda Abene, 43, used to describe her menstrual periods. The mother of three from Jamesburg began suffering from painful periods in her 20s, but it was after she had her third child at age 27 that her symptoms [...]

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

By |2019-01-17T10:34:18+00:00January 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 [...]

CentraState Physician Gets a Winning Assist Through Shoulder Surgery

By |2019-01-17T10:32:04+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Edward Stoner, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician on staff at CentraState, has considered team sports as his “gym” for most of his life. A self-proclaimed aging athlete, his interests have ranged from high school football to tennis, golf, and racquetball. But over the past decade, he’s found a [...]

Seeking a Pain-Free Knee: Knee Replacement Surgery Relieves Long-Term Pain for Freehold Man

By |2018-12-11T15:48:26+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , , , , |

Alan Schultz had dealt with pain in his left knee for nearly a decade. More recently, however, his throbbing knee was waking him up like clockwork every night at 3 a.m., and he had trouble walking up stairs. At that point, the 65-year-old retiree knew it was time to [...]

Laurence Harbor Woman is Back Behind the Wheel After Video-Assisted Surgery for Lung Cancer

By |2018-10-26T12:46:25+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , , |

When Gail Olin of Laurence Harbor began experiencing occasional pain in her upper side, she was bothered but not overly concerned. As a transporter who drives nursing home residents to appointments, Gail, 77, frequently helps patients in and out of the bus, so she assumed she had pulled a [...]

Good Timing: Urinary Issues Help Physicians Detect and Treat Prostate Cancer

By |2018-10-29T14:02:58+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

Forton Wimbush’s urinary obstruction may have saved his life. A 67-year-old Freehold resident, Forton was experiencing dizziness, high blood pressure, discomfort from swollen kidneys, and difficulty urinating when his wife, Susan, brought him to CentraState’s Emergency Department. Tests revealed that he was in kidney failure and had a urinary [...]

New Egypt Woman Is Back in the Saddle After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

By |2018-08-21T05:12:27+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Cathy Larson is nearly half the woman she used to be. Three years ago, she was severely overweight, suffering from terrible acid reflux and high blood pressure. She also was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which, combined with excessive weight, caused debilitating joint pain. Cathy, 57, had tried nearly every [...]

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