The focus of my practice is helping people who suffer
with chronic neurological, immune system and hormone problems.
Fibromyalgia, which I’ve talked about a lot, is one of those problems.
Now really, that’s a garbage can of a diagnosis but---people
do come here that have been labeled with that.
Many of them are skeptical, tentative, you know? They want to believe that my program can work for them (and it can, by the way) – but they’ve tried other things that didn’t work. And one of the questions that they ask, “Well how long do the results and relief from your treatment last?”
"If I come to you, will you help me get relief from the chronic pain and the brain fog...and the not being able to exert myself without crashing. If you help me get relief from that, how long does it last?
Well, this is an update from a patient of mine named Billie. And I think that without a doubt, this puts the nail in the coffin of the question about how long you can enjoy the results and relief from fibromyalgia program.
Dr. Clark: All right, Billie, so I think we first saw you three years ago?
Dr. Clark: At least three years ago. And so I want you to just tell, you know, the back story, like as you were just telling me before we turned this on. And kind of like, you know, what brought you here, what kind of results that you had and stuff that you want people to know about.
Billie: In 2003 I was involved in a car accident. I was rear ended by an 18 wheeler. I went through years of therapy and tests trying to relieve pain issues. I had done several of the injections in your neck – to give you mobility that would last about – some of them just about three months. And some as long as six months.
Dr. Clark: What were those procedures that you had done? Three of them?
Dr. Clark: Ah – so you had three rhizotomies.
Billie: I was taking five different types of pain pills and muscle relaxers ad stuff like that to function – function every day. I had not been at work in over a year. It had got where I couldn’t even do that. There was a lot of things I couldn’t do. I have grandchildren, couldn’t pick them up, couldn’t go anywhere.
My husband had been asking me if I wanted to go on vacation to Europe and when I seen you it had been about three different years I had told him I just couldn’t do it. And I didn’t feel like I would survive.
Dr. Clark: Right.
Billie: Just the pain would be too much, so. Then whenever you started seeing me – when I came here with – to be truthful, David thought I was nuts at the time – when I would tell him how we started the treatment, you know, what you started doing to kind of get a grip on what was wrong with me. And – but from the first month – – I could already tell the – a big difference. In a year of seeing you I had stopped taking all my medicines.
Dr. Clark: All right.
Billie: And that’s been the biggest thing. I had – I have gotten life back – mobility. The ability to do stuff. I still have issues where it comes back if I overdo or don’t get in because we’re all too busy.
Dr. Clark: Well how often have I seen you? Maybe –
Billie: – four months – at least four months since the last time.
Dr. Clark: I think the time before that it’s maybe every six to eight months maybe?
Billie: It is. Every six to eight – it’s about that now. It should be a little bit more – I’d feel better.
Dr. Clark: Depending on how life goes, right?
Billie: Yeah. Depending on what is happening. But we just got back from Europe.
Dr. Clark: Um-hum.
Billie: So I did go. And we spent a month traveling, my husband and I and the biggest plus is the fact that I was able to do it. We traveled for three – I mean three countries – into three countries and traveled by train on a lot of it. Toted luggage, had to walk because in Athens the taxis were on strike. So we had to tote the luggage .
Dr. Clark: Nice.
Billie: Yeah, it – so it was not an easy trip.
Dr. Clark: It was physical.
Billie: It was very physical. Nine days in Israel where we did tour group stuff.
Dr. Clark: Right.
Billie: We were going all the time, walking, seeing a lot.
Dr. Clark: Right.
Billie: And I was able to do it.
Dr. Clark: And you’re working now?
Billie: And I’ve been back at work full-time since – for 10 months.
Dr. Clark: Ten months? Great. How about picking up your grandkids? Can you do that stuff now?
Billie: They’re too big now.
Dr. Clark: They’re too big now?
Billie: Yeah, they’re too big, but I have nieces and nephews and yes, I’m able to, you know, pick up toddlers and I have a one year old niece and it’s fun to get to do that. But to do things with them – I couldn’t, you know, go – I still forget I can’t have a snowball fight because –
Dr. Clark: Right.
Billie: – I knew I needed to come in before I went on my vacation because, you know, we – it snowed so late in the season here and – can’t do that without repercussions –
Dr. Clark: So how – I mean how much better – I think we’re gonna run out of power in a second – if you had to say a percentage, right? Like based on how bad you had felt when you came in and all the stuff that you can do now that you couldn’t do, I mean – try to give people a sense of how much better you feel like you are.
Billie: On a general basis, about 80 percent better. I get to where I’m not that good and have to come in.
Dr. Clark: And how – when you come back, you come back for what? One visit?
Billie: I try – well yeah, sometimes I only make one, but it helps me function –
Dr. Clark: But –
Billie: – for a month, probably, more without having to –
Dr. Clark: But it’s not that we have to go back and do the whole intensive thing –
Billie: We don’t. It’s so great because we don’t have to start over.
Dr. Clark: Nope. Don’t start over, right. You mentioned feeling, you know, your husband thought you were crazy and you know, a lot of people that are watching this, their spouses think they’re crazy for wanting to do my program– because they’ve already tried stuff before that didn’t work.
Dr. Clark: What turned him around? What kind of helped him that, you know, say, “Well maybe you’re not crazy?”
Billie: He – he likes to see me better.
Dr. Clark: Aha. So if the results were there, that was it, huh?
Billie: He– yeah, at first, and now he’ll be the first one to say, “You need to get an appointment.” You need to get an appointment.
Dr. Clark: Now, right?
Billie: Yes, now. Money’s really important, you know?
Dr. Clark: Sure.
Billie: The cost of my care before – and I was never out of pain – and on so many medicines – was enormous. And though I been seeing you three years I have not reached one price of one of those procedures. So that’s a big deal.
Dr. Clark: That’s a big deal isn’t it?
Billie: Really big and I really wanted people to know that.
Dr. Clark: Yeah. I mean paying is okay as long as you get results, right? Okay. Well cool, maybe we’ll do this again in a couple of years and you’ll still tell me how good you’re doing, right?
Billie: That'd be great.
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Dr. David Clark
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist