Neck pain, Sleeping problems, Balance and Vision issues
Approximately two and a half years ago I began experiencing pain in my neck. Over time, it became chronic and severe. There was no relief sitting down or lying down. I could not turn my head either direction. Therefore, driving was difficult. As it progressed I could not push a grocery cart, bend down to take laundry out of the dryer, or do many other everyday things. I could not sleep more than 3-4 hours a night due to pain. Then I would have some degree of pain, ranging from moderate to severe, during the day. Sometimes it would affect my balance and even my vision.
Over the course of the two and a half years, I had many appointments with an orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, neurologist and a pain management doctor. I was given four cortisone shots over periods of time, some prescriptions for pain, muscle relaxation medication, and over the counter pain medications, most with side effects that prevented me from driving, etc.
I had thought about a Chiropractor but mine had retired and moved away. I did not know what to do next. The pain now had become all day, every day and was beginning to depress me and increase my anxiety. An acquaintance, whom I did not see very often, suggested I try her Chiropractor. I had nothing to lose and a lot to hope for. I decided to give Doctor Roth a try back in late September.
Since the beginning of October, I have been coming 3 times a week, every week. After a couple of weeks things were not getting and I felt discouraged. I almost stopped coming. Doctor Roth said it basically took two and a half years to get in the pain situation I was in and it would take a while to begin to see results. I am glad I stayed with the treatment plan.
I can now sleep better and do not take very much over the counter pain meds any more. I am careful what I do and make sure I don't skip an appointment to keep up with the progress.
Doctor Roth felt he could get me about 80% relief. While things are not perfect, which is understandable, I would say things are very much better, to about that 80%.
The pain is greatly reduced, and I can do most daily household chores. I can drive more, and I can now push that grocery cart.
I am grateful to Doctor Roth for getting me to an acceptable level of comfort and back to being able to do everyday things.