how did your condition affect your life?
I had to give up my part-time job in healthcare and ultimately had to quit running EMS calls where I volunteered a LOT of my time (which I LOVED). My debilitating lower back pain left me in bed A LOT. I was unable to do normal chores around the house. I couldn’t sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time, flat was my position of choice. My husband and I also loved to travel and that was something that suffered as I couldn’t ride in a car without ice packs. Life was just miserable.
how long did you experience symptoms before you decided to seek treatment?
I had “mild” back pain that started in my early 20s that I did lots of conservative treatment for. However that was nothing compared to what I started to experience after a fall in 2012. I would have horrible spasms, sciatica, and would often get locked in a position and would be unable to move. This would happen sporadically but over time it became more frequent. I had seen several surgeons at large Universities around the area we live and I was told there was nothing that could be done. I was told to learn to live with the pain and adjust my lifestyle. After having 30-40 injections, PT, nerve ablations, and countless tests I had given up hope.
what forced you to seek treatment?
It was during a horrible flare that someone mentioned Virginia Spine Institute and Dr. Good to me. I called immediately and had an appointment that next week. Imagine the tears that flowed when this very caring and compassionate doctor told me within the first five minutes of my first visit that I wasn’t crazy and that I could be fixed! After a few tests, I was scheduled for my surgery for May 9th, 2017.
how has your treatment changed your life?
BEST DECISION EVER! I can walk (normally), I have zero nerve pain, I have minimal muscular pain, I can sit, stand, ride in a car, etc. Best of all, I was back on an ambulance running calls in November, just 6 short months after surgery. I can’t tell you the way this has changed my life in words. I’m alive again.
how was your experience at virginia spine institute?
Everyone at Virginia Spine Institute is amazing. From start to finish, front to back, you will be well taken care of. My husband and I were well informed and educated. We always knew what the plan of care was and what to expect. I can’t say enough good things about this practice!
what advice would you give someone else with your condition?
My biggest piece of advice is if you have been told you can’t be fixed or you feel like the doctor you have seen hasn’t listened to you, get a second, third, or forth opinion. Had I not traveled to Virginia Spine Institute I would still be laying in my bed staring at the ceiling fan eating pain pills. True story. There are compassionate, top-notch, caring surgeons out there like Dr. Good. Dr. Good, THANK YOU for giving me my life back!
Thank you to my team!
- Dr. Good - Spinal Specialist