The effect on my life was significant.
Depending on how badly my back hurt, I was unable to do many activities that I love such as cooking, sewing and gardening, because I was unable to sit or stand comfortably for extended periods of time. To deal with the pain I resorted to the over-the-counter pain medication, Tylenol (I am allergic to NSAIDs), and when the pain was so bad that Tylenol wouldn’t work, I got prescription pain killers. Over the years I’ve had physical therapy of different kinds to try to remedy my problems without relief.
The migraines also wreck havoc on my life. When I get what I refer to as a low-level migraine, the headache is accompanied by nausea. With this kind of headache I can push myself through a day with difficulty. However, when I get a major migraine, the nausea is accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, and motion. The pain in my head is almost unbearable with this kind of headache. These kinds of headaches force me to take prescription pain killers and to retreat to my bed. There can be no sound or light, so the curtains must be drawn and there can be no radio or tv on. These kinds of headaches have caused me to miss work and have also caused me to have to back out of social engagements, sometimes at the very last minute. One year I missed my nephew’s birthday party. Once my headache was so bad that I went to the doctor and received several injections of morphine. Over the years I have had CAT scans and MRIs. I’ve been prescribed several different pain medications. In the early 90’s I spent eight days at an inpatient headache clinic where I was treated, tested, and prescribed Midrin and injections of DHE (which I learned to give to myself).
I had had friends and acquaintances recommend chiropractic for both my back pain and the headaches, and I thought it seemed like a good idea. But I never went any further with it. Then last year at school-sponsored health fair, I stopped at the McClimon table and perused the literature. I had the representative look at my posture. And I decided to take a chance and made an appointment for the free examination. I figured, “What could it hurt?”
Once Dr. McClimon showed me my initial x-rays and explained what he could do for me, I decided to make the commitment to one year of care. Within weeks I was feeling better. Now, after my one year is up and I’m into the beginning of my second year of care, I can say with all honesty that my situation has improved at least 80%. I have much less back pain, many fewer headaches, and am required to purchase much less pain medication.
I look forward to my continued improvement and highly recommend chiropractic care for the relief of back pain and migraines!