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Patient Complaint: Headaches
“Last year I had terrible headaches every day in school. By third period, they were so bad that I often had to go home. My mother thought the headaches might be caused by stress because I had some tough courses last year. When summer came the headaches eased up but were never gone. This fall when school started, the headaches came back as strong as ever. I had lessened my school work to almost nothing and the headaches were back anyway.
I had been to my primary care doctor. He said to try to eat more protein for breakfast, and told me to go to my opthamologist; the opthamologist sent me to a neuro-opthamologist; the neuro-opthamologist sent me for a CAT scan. Nothing. Then on to an allergist. The headaches continued.
We met Dr. Raya at a festival in September. We talked about the problem and she said to come into the office, which we did the following week. We did not really understand how chiropractic was related to headaches but we were willing to try anything. After just one adjustment my headaches were gone! I followed up by going three times a week and now come in once a week.
Have you ever tried to concentrate with a headache? It was nearly impossible. I feel as if I've been reborn! I feel like a new person. I'm doing better in school. It is just great to think again. I keep wondering about what would have happened if I hadn't tried this, and I am so happy I did. Thank you Dr. Raya and staff; you changed my life! ”
— Alex Boccardi, 12/16/2009
Patient Complaint: Neck, Back, and Feet Pain
“When I first decided to go to the Raya Clinic early this year I was in constant neck, back, and feet pain for a long time. Immediately, I discovered that it would be necessary for me to visit the office three times a week. I wondered if I would ever find the time necessary to follow through on my appointments since I am mom to eighteen adopted kids. Life is extremely busy for me and every day is most challenging.
Within a short time I found my pain decreasing in all areas and made a commitment to stay with my visits. Over the next several months I not only got better but found that I could return to a more normal daily activity schedule even though I am in my early sixties.
Additionally, I nervously signed up for their Detox Program in order to get rid of many internal problems I was experiencing and also to lose weight. Gratefully, I lost thirty-five pounds which have stayed off and I feel so much better physically. I am able to walk better, sleep better, and even exercise again.
It is exciting for me to have found a chiropractic group that treats us holistically. I am confident that I will continue with the Raya Clinic even though I am sure that there will be more challenges ahead. I know that I will experience my overall physical and emotional health improving every single day.
Thank you to all at the Raya Clinic.”
Patient Complaint: Herniated Disc
“I'm so pleased to tell you about my experience with the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya and her staff have helped me tremendously over the past nine months. Their combined knowledge and experience and their comprehensive approach to wellness healed my back and made me feel like myself again.
One month after a fall, I was still in a great deal of pain. I went to my chiropractor who had helped me very much over the years for other issues, but could not help with this one. There was still constant shooting pain down the back of my right leg which I could only describe as a lightning bolt. My foot was still numb. I couldn't lift, bend, twist, or sit for any length of time, so normal activities were impossible. Driving and sitting in the car were very painful. I couldn't lift anything, which meant I needed assistance with every household chore, including laundry, groceries, cleaning, making beds, vacuuming, even pouring milk. I couldn't bend or squat, so I couldn't pick up anything that fell to the floor or tie my shoes. Pain interrupted my sleep every night. Prior to my injury, I walked five days a week and did Pilates. Those were completely out of the question.
The worst part of this was that I couldn't do what I used to do with my two children. I couldn't play outside with them, couldn't kick a soccer ball, couldn't run, skate, make a snowman, dance, or sit on my daughter's bed to read her a story. I couldn't even sit at the table long enough to play a board game. It was pathetic, and I was sad and worried.
I did research to learn about treatment options for herniated discs, and spoke with people about surgery, traction, and physical therapy. Then I read studies on Spine Med. My chiropractor agreed that this was the best option, so I started working with Dr. Raya.
Eight months after my injury, I have no nerve pain. My herniated disc is better. I feel like a walking miracle. The worst of my ordeal was short-lived, thank God. But it was bad, and I was petrified that it would stay like that permanently. Dr. Raya and her staff gave me my life back, and I am forever grateful to them for the gift of wellness. ”
— Kathy Herlihy, 10/24/2009
Patient Complaint: Chest Pain
“When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to the Raya Clinic because I was having chest pains.
What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I went to the hospital and had a battery of tests (CAT scan, stress test, etc.). The hospital ruled out any internal organ issue and indicated that it must be muscular-skeletal.
Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I have been going to the Raya Clinic for about a year. My chest pains went away pretty much immediately. I also do not have sinus infections (was getting them several times a year), am not getting sick anywhere near as often, am sleeping much better, have more energy, and have lost 30 pounds. I now understand how connected the spine is to everything your body does. It makes a lot of sense. I feel as if I am not only improving my current health but also preventing many future problems as well.
How has this changed your life?
I have a whole new outlook on health. I always thought of a doctor as someone you go to when you are sick. They prescribe medicine for your issue and you go on your way. The doctors at the Raya Clinic don't just look at your current issue. They try to understand everything about your daily routines (including exercise, sleeping and eating habits) and all your symptoms by asking comprehensive questions. They really listen to me and make suggestions to improve my entire wellbeing.”
— Brian Ceruti, 07/30/2009
Patient Complaint: Neck, Shoulder, and Lower Back Pain
“I first came to the Raya Clinic in February 2009 due to neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. Prior to chiropractic care I would usually take pain medication to assist with alleviating the pain. This was of course temporary and usually only masked the true issue.
Since beginning my treatment, I have not suffered from severe shoulder or neck pain and my lower back feels great. At my last physical, my primary physician had to re-measure my height because I now stand a whole inch taller! I have been able to carry out my responsibilities both at home and at work without the interference of pain.
Treatment has improved the overall quality of my sleep and my attitude. I no longer begin to feel pain swelling in my shoulders or back which would cause additional stress both at home and at work. Most importantly, I feel great knowing that I do not require a medicine to alleviate symptoms.”
— Kim Palmer, 07/23/2009
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