My name is Emily, and I have been suffering with back pain for some time.
I woke up one day, back in 2001, and was in excruciating pain.
I went to the hospital and after many tests was told that I had two bulging discs in my lumbar spine.
I tried physical therapy, ingested steroids, muscle relaxers, steroid injections, and later chiropractic adjustments, but the pain would continue to reoccur about once a year.
Then, after a surgery on my foot in 2011, I twisted on the couch with my foot elevated and couldn’t move.
I was stuck, on the couch, in some of the worst pain of my life for weeks.
I went back to chiropractic, corticosteroids, and the exercises I had been given in 2001, but nothing was helping.
The pain was almost continuously reoccurring.
I started trying to seek out new solutions to an old problem, but living in Waco, Texas, seeking out top-level care was difficult.
Eventually, in early 2015 the pain was intense in my hip/buttocks as well as my calf and ankle, and I couldn’t do anything comfortably.
Sleeping was excruciating, and when I walked, I was bent like a boomerang.
I was scanned for a new MRI, with the results being that my two bulging discs, had turned into four bulging discs, with one definite herniation.
The prognosis was not great.
Everyone told me that the problem was for life, and that it was never going to get any better, including my chiropractor in Waco.
At only 35 years of age, I was completely unwilling to accept an invasive solution, and this was met with much resistance from the medical community.
Then, my general practitioner refused to continue to see me, as the pain killer, hydrocodone, had recently been reclassified by the FDA, so she washed her hands of the entire problem.
I was referred to pain management, where they suggested surgery, and life-long problems, with no chance of recovery, along with some nerve deadening procedures, and more of the useless steroid injections. I was referred to physical therapy, who also suggested I should seek surgery, and who then tried to put me through the paces of rigorous strength training, along with TENS therapy, which was expensive and had no noticeable effect. After hearing surgery from perhaps the sixth provider, and reaching a point of hopelessness that anything could be done, I called Dr. D. Jean Gibson. She told me that not only did I not need surgery, but the discs could also heal themselves given the proper encouragement!
The almost eight hour drive to Fayetteville wasn’t easy, so when I arrived at Dr Jean’s office, I was in an eight out of ten pain. We devised a plan where I would see her for eight straight weekdays, receiving KST adjustments, Trigger Point Therapy, and Cold Laser Therapy for the pain. After the first appointment I saw a marked increase in range of motion, as well as a decrease in pain. In fact, during the first Cold Laser treatment, I could feel the pain move out of my leg, and out of my hip, settling closer to the spine! Dr. Jean also gave me some light stretches to do at home.
By then end of the eighth appointment, I was down to a two out of ten on the pain scale. Almost miraculously, I was walking more upright, and was easily able to make the long drive home. Dr. Jean made sure that when I left, I left with a plan for what kinds of providers to seek out in Waco, as well as some home devices that would help me with the dearth of back support in Waco. While things are not perfect, the pain reduction and increased range of motion has allowed me to commute to Dallas, an hour and a half drive, in order to seek out non-invasive treatments. I now have a regimen that includes physical therapy, to correct my gait and strengthen my core, in order to prevent future exacerbations in the lumbar area of my spine, combined with the home traction and negative ionization STIM treatments recommended by Dr. Jean, in order to help my back heal itself. Only one month later, I now have full range of movement, can sit on the floor, and can almost sleep through the night. My need for painkillers has been severely reduced, and my quality of life is back to normal. I have long stretches of every day where I have no pain at all, and am building back my strength. After suffering with a bad back for 14 years, I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, when my back is no longer a problem. It won’t happen instantly, but I have the hope, the lessened pain, and the plan necessary to see my discs through to their full recovery. I can never thank Dr. Jean enough for the things she has done for me. In fact, tomorrow, I’m getting in my car to go back to see Dr. Jean, so that she can follow up with some more treatments before setting off on a three–month adventure abroad, something I could have never considered only a few months ago. I have recommended to everyone I know with back problems, and without, to go to see Dr. Jean. Her compassion, knowledge, skills, and problem solving are a winning combination for devising non-invasive solutions to complicated health problems. Thanks Dr. Jean!