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After looking back over my life, I could not remember if I injured myself. I spend most of my days at a computer desk and during the course of a day I would stand up to relieve the pain, but found it hard to stand up. While traveling home the pain would worsen, I dread the long traffic do my pain became sharp and then it would move to a shooting pain that would move down to my right leg. My smile was turning into a frown.
A car accident in college left me with a bad back. In an effort to resolve my discomfort I had two surgeries. My second procedure was a double laminectomy which is usually a day surgery. I thought I would be leaving later that evening, instead I woke up in the ICU with tubes all over me. My first thought was “Oh no! this isn’t a good.”
I’ve always exercised, ate well and maintained an active lifestyle, but things changed for me while on a trip in Florida walking on the beach in shifting sand. Suddenly there was a difference in the way my back felt. It progressed into a sharp constant pain resonating from my left buttock down through my hamstrings. When you’re in perpetual pain, it’s horrible. It was a struggle for me because I enjoy being active.
I’ve had back problems for a really long time and I kept putting off going to see my doctor. Eventually, I decided to go see my doctor and he ended up doing some injections in my back to see if that would help. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something that worked for me. It only lasted about two weeks then all the pain came right back. I ended up losing the feeing in my left leg completely, I had no muscle control whatsoever and it was only getting worse.
I’m a 16-year-old athlete in high school so I’m not the typical patient for an orthopedic surgeon. My case is different as I was born with scoliosis that progressed rapidly enough to affect my life. I was playing Football at school and when I was playing I noticed shortness of breath and I would feel pain in my chest and I felt like something was wrong, something not normal.
To start off, I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Chaudhry. Now, for the story. Due to back injury, I have been in pain for over two years. The discomfort was getting worse and the pain medication was no longer effective. I requested a new referral to a different doctor and was sent to a surgeon who told me, "[I] had to have open back surgery, and nothing else would help [me.]"
I was born with dislocated hips requiring me to wear casts and braces until I was about 3 yrs old. My left leg was shorter than my right because of the disability and this created a number of complications all my life. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. In 2004 at the age of 39, I had a total left hip replacement.
It was my lucky day when I was introduced to Dr. Chaudhry and his wonderful office staff. I had been experiencing pain in my neck, shoulders and arms, and it was becoming increasing difficult to turn my head from side to side. I was afraid I was not going to be able to drive much longer, and this would have created a huge burden because my husband can no longer drive and we didn't know how we would get by.
Intermittent low back pain has bothered me for several years. I was diagnosed with a bulging lumbar disc and was told the only relief would be back surgery. At that time, the doctor didn't advise the surgery for me because of the risk at my age. Now at the age of ninety-one, traditional back surgery was definitely out of the question for me.
For approximately 13 years and about half that number of different doctors, I have complained about lower back and hip joint pain. Most doctors claimed it was arthritis (without any tests) and prescribed pain medication. The pain medication provided zero relief. Other doctors ordered MRIs. One found disc issues in my lower back and did provide relief that lasted about 4 years.
I'm 69 years old. I have chronic back pain. At the time I met Dr. Chaudhry, I was in need of a really good interventional pain physician. Another doctor recommended him to me. Dr. Chaudhry was everything the other interventional pain physicians I went to weren't. He listened, he was knowledgeable and showed compassion; he treated me like I was one of his own family members.
There are times in life in which the feasibility of man is tested to a greater extent than normal. One such instance, that recently occurred to me, was when I herniated my L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc. Most of my life I’ve been very active, running marathons, water skiing, snow skiing, you name it – if it is an outdoor activity I’ve probably done it at least once.