I am a male and therefore, by definition, I am stubborn. The pain that I was experiencing came about so gradually, that it is hard to recall a specific incident that caused the injury.
The first time I noticed the pain in my right leg was around July 2001, when I woke up the morning after playing a round of golf. I passed it off as a hamstring twinge or sore muscle of some kind. I had seen a chiropractor the year before because of a lower back pain, which I blamed on my first desk job. But this pain was in my leg and was so minute that it never crossed my mind as being back pain. But then, as the months rolled by, I couldn’t walk without limping for the first two steps — then the first five steps — then ten steps. When it finally reached the point that my leg wouldn’t loosen up after walking 20 steps, my ego finally allowed some thoughts of, “There might actually be something wrong here.” So I went to a Doctor. He gave me some muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory pills, and other medications over the next month. All the while I had to lie down on my stomach in the parking lot after driving to work, just to stretch my leg out so I could make it to my desk. The pain got so bad throughout the day, that if I had to walk anywhere in the office, I laid on my stomach under the desk beforehand. When the VP of our department caught me one day, I realized I needed a solution. The doctor I had seen referred me to an orthopedic doctor, who, after a five-minute exam, scheduled me for an MRI on my lower lumbar region. The results showed three bulging disks. He gave me samples of Celebrix and told me to do sit-ups and come back in six months. I couldn’t wait SIX days let alone SIX months!
That’s when I decided to see Dr. Gilbert. I brought him a copy of my MRI and he explained to me that the vertebrae were pinching on the sciatic nerve on the right side, and causing the pain in my leg. He gave me an adjustment and I walked out of his office somewhat skeptical. The adjustment was given with me lying on my stomach, which had relieved the pain in the past. But I still went back for my scheduled appointments, three times a week. After one week, just three adjustments- I was pain free at work the entire day!
Dr. Gilbert and his chiropractic have cured me of two things: my crippling lower back pain, and, my stubborn attitude about taking care of my body.”