July 4, 2007 – Well, it’s been two years to the day since I first hurt my lower back lifting a freezer bucket of homemade ice cream, and the pain has just been getting worse and worse. The pain pills which used to do the job just aren’t cutting it anymore. And now I’m having trouble just going to the movies, the grocery, bending over to work in the yard, or even sitting through church. I feel like such a bad grandparent because I haven’t picked up my grandkids in over 4 months. But I’m afraid I’ll just fall over on top of them. So, my doctor is having me sent over to our local Pain Clinic for some rehab on my back. He said to report back after I’m finished.
August 27 – Six weeks of physical therapy didn’t help me. So now the doctor wants me to get an MRI of my lower back to see if I have any arthritis or “degeneration” that wasn’t on my x-rays last year.
September 14 – My MRI’s showed that I have two DEGENERATIVE DISCS and three HERNIATED DISCS. He also says I am showing signs of something called SPINAL STENOSIS. He wants to refer me to a Neurologist for more testing. I don’t know what an EMG is, but he said it will see if my nerves are causing the occasional shooting pain in my leg ---- when it’s not just aching constantly. He called this problem SCIATICA, and that there was no simple solution for it.
October 22 – After sticking me with needles for a half hour, the Neurologist said the test was negative. But if that’s the case “Why do I hurt so bad?” He said the discs or cushions between the spinal bones may be causing all the pain just by themselves. He said I should go see a surgeon he knows in Springfield.
January 25, 2008 – I met with the Neuro-surgeon today who examined me and my MRI’s and said the damage to the discs was “too widespread” for him to operate. Now I’m really getting frustrated. But he did suggest spinal injections for pain relief.
September 18 – After the first round of injections, I was on Cloud Nine for about 4 months. The pain was almost totally gone. But the second round only lasted a couple months and the third lasted a week. The fourth and final round didn’t even last two days! To be honest, I have heard how these shots actually CAUSE DISC DEGENERATION, and I am frankly scared to take any more of them.
May 7, 2009 – It’s been an awful year. I walk around the house with an electrical TENS unit on my back that the pain specialist ordered for me. I can only stand up for a few minutes at one time before I need to lay down. But once I lay down, I feel like I need to be back up. I cannot do anything or find any position that does not cause me pain. My back and leg pain are the only thing I can think about anymore.
September 11, 2010 – I feel like I have become my pain. I don’t even remember what it’s like now to have a normal life anymore. I’m up to 6 prescription medications a day now. A nerve pill, an anti-depressant, 2 muscle relaxers, and 2 pain pills. My doctors don't offer me any real hope. I don't want to have surgery, because I have talked to too many people who were never the same afterwards. My doctor told me this week he might be able to find someone willing to operate on my back; although he told me it was essentially a roll of the dice. I am seriously thinking about it though. I can't live like this forever.
March 14, 2011 – I called 934-6337 about some new Non-Surgical treatment for back pain. A Dr. Russell Schierling, D.C. in Mountain View has some “Decompression” machine that I read about online. “Could it give me my life back?” I don't want to get my hopes up. But after watching a few of his PATIENT TESTIMONIAL VIDEOS, just maybe.... Finally, a single ray of hope.
March 18 – I set up a Free Consultation with Doctor Schierling.
March 25, 10:00 A.M. I arrived at the office a little skeptical because I didn’t want chiropractic. I went that route last year and it did not help me at all. I was relieved to find out that his SPINAL DECOMPRESSION PROGRAM is completely unique, and that all the paperwork, questions, and tests were designed just to find out if it might help me. While I was filling out the paperwork in the waiting room, a nice couple walked in and talked with the receptionist about how she was able to take a car ride to St. Louis without pain. They explained that before she started the Decompression Treatments 2 weeks ago, she couldn’t ride in a car for more than 10 minutes without excruciating pain.
10:15 A.M. I finished the history form and was led back to an office to talk with Dr Schierling.
10:30 A.M. Dr. Russ was introduced and we sat and talked about my condition in depth. He was very open and honest in saying that Spinal Decompression Therapy was not a “magic bullet” for low back pain, but for so many people it gave them their lives back when drugs, needles, and even surgery failed to help. He also said it might take a couple weeks to feel a difference. (But it's not like surgery… which may take months after the scar tissue heals just to see if your going to feel any relief.) And he said right up front that it’s not free, but most insurances cover at least part of the program. But if I didn’t have insurance (or if it was really bad), different payment plans were available.
We talked about the severity of my pain and how I couldn’t do the things I like doing anymore. He showed me my MRI pictures in detail, pointed out right where the damaged discs are in my back, and wasn’t afraid to answer my questions. I appreciated him explaining all the science behind how Spinal Decompression works to pull the injured discs back into place & build them back upso that they can heal, but deep down I really just wanted to know, “Do you think you can help me?”
10:55 A.M. In the exam room, he told me to keep my clothes on since he wouldn’t be using any needles or nerve conduction “shock tests.” Instead, he thoroughly checked my reflexes, measured how far I could (or couldn’t) bend, and tested my muscle strength. (It really didn’t hurt… any more than it does to stand up or roll over in bed, anyway.) He let me know he’ll review my case and detemine if I will be accepted as a patient.
April 8 – I was accepted as a patient last week and started treatments today. He’s the first doctor to offer hope. Today’s treatments are painless. I slept.
April 12- I slept thru the whole night!
April 18 - I’ve had 2 straight mornings without pain.
April 25 – My pain is 80% GONE!!! I NEVER, EVER thought I could feel like this again. It just doesn’t seem possible when you live the type of pain I had.
May 20, 2011– I’m pain-free, I passed my Exit Exam with flying colors and even did a VIDEO TESTIMONIAL about the incredible results I've gotten! I’ll been telling everyone I meet with low back pain about Dr. Russ Schierling and his Decompression Therapy! I also tell them they should call 934-6337 TODAY to see if they qualify for a FREE consultation. Or they can visit doc's website devoted to solely to Spinal Decompression Therapy --- SPINAL DECOMPRESSION MISSOURI.
December 9, 2011 – UPDATE. Pain-free for over 6 months now. And I NEVER miss a day picking up my grandkids!
All you have to do to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Schierling is call (417) 934-6337. Unfortunately, NOT EVERYONE IS A GOOD CANDIDATE for Spinal Decompression Therapy. But if you are, it could change your life!