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Patient Complaint: Spinal Stenosis and Chronic Sciatic Pain
“I first came to the Raya Clinic in September of 2008. For five years I had suffered from spinal stenosis and chronic sciatic pain. My family doctor treated me with a series of steroids, which helped me for about a month; then pain returned as bad as ever. I couldn't get up in the morning without going through at least 45 minutes of pain and stiffness before I could stand up straight or bend down. After two Tylenol and two Aleve I could go through the day in moderate pain until at least 3:00 pm, and then my back and my sciatic pain (the worst) would come creeping pain. By dinnertime I had all I could do to clean up dishes and crawl (I mean crawl) upstairs and flop in a chair until bedtime. If I had to go anywhere on a trip or vacation I had to dose myself with steroids in order to be able to function.
I then decided to go to a neurosurgeon that looked at my MRI and quickly determined that I would need surgery. Surgery! I think not. My next step was an orthopedic surgeon who agreed with the neurosurgeon but said he would try an epidural. I had a series of two. The first one lasted about a month and the second one about two weeks. I was at a loss and figured by this time next year I would be in a wheelchair.
I was watching the Olympics on TV and saw an advertisement for the SpineMed at the Raya Clinic. The advertisement offered a free consultation. I thought, "What have I got to lose?" I called for an appointment at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya explained my problem in a way no other doctor had and told me what the SpineMed would do for my back, how it would stretch out the vertebra and allow the fluid and nutrients around my spine to form a cushion to relieve the pain. Two words shouted at me: relieve pain.
SpineMed is not inexpensive and unfortunately insurance does not pay for it, but the relief and mobility gained from SpineMed is worth every penny. It was a great commitment as you have to go every day for twenty days. I remember the first time I went they asked how I felt, my answer was "I feel like I was hit by a bus," but about the third or fourth session I was about 50% pain free. I am now finished with SpineMed and am 95% better. I could not have asked for anything more. I am more mobile than I have been in years and am able to live the life I want to live. Thank you SpineMed, Dr. Raya, and the Raya Clinic. ”
— Theresa Aiudi, 12/16/2008
Patient Complaint: Back Pain
“Before I was treated with the SpineMed, I had several bulging disks and was in constant pain. My feet were always numb and doing my normal routine was very difficult. After completing the SpineMed I had great results. I had feeling back in my feet and was virtually pain-free in my lower back. I still take it easy but have returned to many of my normal activities and am working to strengthen my core.
The staff of the Raya Clinic are wonderful and true professionals; they really care about the patients. Dr. Raya and the rest of the staff do an awesome job and take a personal interest in you.”
— Al Hovasse, 06/26/2008
Patient Complaint: Neck Injury
“I first came to the Raya Clinic in the beginning of May. I had injured my neck while playing soccer and I could not turn my head to the right. My whole neck was extremely sore. I started looking through the phone book and came across the ad for the Raya Clinic. I decided to give chiropractic a try.
After only four weeks of treatment, my neck is much better. But best of all was an unexpected side effect. My allergies have nearly disappeared! I used to take one Claritin each day, but since my first treatment with Dr. Raya, I seem to breathe better and my nose is clear.
Thank you, Dr. Raya for helping me regain my health! It's great to be able to breathe freely through the spring season!”
— Keith Langston, 2008
Patient Complaint: Insomnia, Headaches, and Heat
“When did you first come to this office?
The end of September.
What was your particular condition? When did it begin? How long have you had it? What caused it? How severe was it?
I had severe heat, insomnia and headaches. This started in March with insomnia and progressed to headaches and extreme heat. I believed at the time it was caused by menopause. It became very severe and inhibited me from my daily life.
Were you ever treated by any physicians or another Chiropractor?
My gyno gave me HRT-estrogen and progesterone in June. The headaches increased to daily and my heat remained. AT first, I though my body needed to adjust to the medication. My doctor advised there are no quick fixes and to stay on this for 3 months before an evaluation could be made. This did not sit well with me. I felt terrible. I turned to my general doctor. He was concerned with my severe symptoms and advised me to go off HRT. At that time he prescribed sleeping pills for the insomnia, tranquilizers for the anxiety and heat. The sleeping pill did give me 4 - 5 hours of sleep but I needed to take them every night. The heat still continued with many days of being in heat for 6 or 7 hours at a time. I knew I had to seek further assistance, so I went to a homeopath. She gave me many soy products that actually made me worse. I had heat, itchy eyes, and a headache.
Who referred you or how did you find out about this office?
I was speaking to a friend of mine at work about my symptoms. She recommended this office because she had experienced similar symptoms and had great success.
What results have you had?
I was given a saliva test and the results confirmed that I had very high levels of estrogen and progesterone. I was given Lyrotret to cleanse my liver, advised to drink lots of water and to stop HRT and all soy products. I had an acupuncture treatment and after two weeks my heat has disappeared. My insomnia is also much better. Many nights, I sleep without interruption. I have also had a hair analysis that confirmed my minerals and vitamins were either high or very low. With the right supplements, I will eventually get my body balanced to normal levels. I am feeling much better, thanks to Dr. Raya's holistic and natural approach to treating my types of symptoms. I have learned from this experience to ask questions and to explore every avenue until you find the proper treatment for your condition. Luckily, I found Dr. Raya's office.”
— Beverly Canning
Patient Complaint: Back Pain
“I came to the Raya Clinic 15 years ago to seek chiropractic help for my back problems, and I subsequently experienced relief from the pain. This successful experience prompted me to seek assistance for my wife Nancy, who had a chronic cough that persisted for several years. Despite the efforts of several physicians and a specialist at the Boston General Hospital, the cough persisted. I then thought I had nothing to lose by seeking chiropractic treatment for her with Dr. Raya. After receiving five treatments, the cough was gone. Shortly thereafter, Nancy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and she was unable to continue with the chiropractic maintenance care treatments. I was also not able to continue with the treatments because my work obligations as president of Briarwood College, along with the responsibilities of care giving, were demanding.
During the aforementioned time period, my spine continued to degenerate and I developed severe arthritis and stenosis. This condition caused severe lower back pain that progressively worsened over the last two years. The pain traveled to my legs and became so bad that I was unable to work or perform the activities of daily living. I sought the opinion of a neurosurgeon who gave me no chance of recovery, and an orthopedic surgeon who said surgery would give me a less than 50% chance of relief because the condition was too far gone.
Upon Dr. Raya's recommendation, I started treatment on the SpineMed table at the end of August 2007. I began feeling the results the first week. At the end of the third week of treatment, I experienced my first pain-free period. I was then able to travel in my car and accomplish daily tasks. Initially, my hope was to get some relief from pain, but now the pain is gone. On a recent four-day trip that required extensive flying, driving, and walking, I needed no pain medication and was able to manage everything with little or no pain. It has been amazing. Personally, it is a miracle.”
— John J. LeConche, Ed.D., 2007
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