Let me start with I'm a diabetic. I developedneuropathy, which basically you lose all sensationthe feet, but it's over a period of time.It was very painful. I would have sensationsmy feet like I was standing on fire, walkingon glass. Last October it got so bad that I couldn't sleep at night. Then I met Bullard, because he's just a great physician. I wouldn't think twice, I'd recommendhim to anybody. Very compassionate, very thorough, I can't say enough about Bullard. He'sjust a great physician and I don't know if there's anything he couldn't do hecould probably move mountains if he wanted to!Glen, probably one of the biggest questions
people are asking you is what'd we do, what'shappened. Of course, you had a tremendous improvementyour pain and the tinglingand the numbness. Easiest explanation is, to tell everybody, that this big nerve here,which is on the inside part of your left foot, was getting strangled. There was a noose aroundit. What we did is we wentand loosened the noose, and that allows that nerve to beginto function and work like it's supposed to.Now, the sensation is coming back, it's something that's going to take time butI can feel more. My quality of life has greatly improved since I had the procedure done by Bullard. There's no other physician
that I would recommend.Glen,the next couple weeks, what we're going to do is make sure that the swellingis improving, hopefully begin to transition you out of your compression socks, becauseI know it's kind of hot right now, and then look at making sure that your shoe gear andthings like that are where they're supposed to be, fitting you well, protecting your feetand stuff. Ok? Very good. Thank you, I appreciate it, havea good weekend! You do the same. Alright, see ya.
Currie: Today is August 28, 2014 and thisis Roger. And Roger, you've been a patient here at Arkansas Spinal Care and NeuropathyTreatment Center and you're now finishing your care. What conditions brought you toArkansas Spinal Care? Roger: Basically, I had a lot of problemswith my lower back. I had degenerative disc disease. I also had fibromyalgia, diabeticneuropathy. When I walkedthe door, it was all I could do to walk through the door.On the way down, I fell asleep. Of course I had about an hour and a half ive, andit was all I could do to make it up on the table.
Currie: Wow, so you had a lot of painand a lot of different conditions going on, and let's talk about each condition individually.First, let's talk about your fibromyalgia. How bad was it before you came here on a scaleof 0 to 10 and where would you rate it now? Roger: I was probably a 9. It also had todo with my neck problems. I could not turn my head to the left at all, and I had it veryrestricted to the right, and now I've got full movement. Basically any time a majorstorm came in, I wasthe bed for two or three days. Now, a storm comes up, I veryrarely even feel it coming on, and never get over the edge anymore.
Currie: Awesome. So what would you rate,on a daytoday basis, your fibro, on a daytoday basis, where would you rate it now? Roger: It's probably a 2. Currie: About a 2? Okay, so that's awesometo go from a 9 to a 2 on a daytoday, regular basis. Roger: Yes. Currie: All right, let's talk about yourneck. Okay, how bad was that on a scale of 0 to 10, and how would you rate it now?
Roger: Well, as far as the movement goes,it was probably a 9. Pain wise, I had to block out the pain because it happeneda carwreck1988, so it had been a long time. And I'd just gotten adjusted to that I couldnever turn my head to the left at all. And then right, I could probably get to abouthere, that's as far as I could get without pain, and now I can get it all the way around. Currie: That's awesome. Okay now, lowerback? Roger: Lower back, I was right at a 9, verylack of movement, couldn't bend over and tie my shoes. I couldn't put socks on, I had problems.In fact, the first couple of visits, they
had to take my shoes and socks off for me.It is how bad it was, limited as far as movement goes. It was all I could do to struggle toget up on top of the table. Currie: Okay. And then where would yourate that now? Roger: It's right at about a 3 or 4. Currie: 3 or 4, and you're able to tieyour shoes again, and. Roger: Oh, yeah. Currie: And how long had it been sinceyou've been able to do that? Roger: It's been about 15 years.
Currie: Wow, that's amazing. All right,now the last thing. A lot of people comehere and say, quot; Currie, I see a lot oftestimonials about, you know, neck or low back pain, or headaches, or fibromyalgia,but what about neuropathy, because I've been told that there's no cure for neuropathy.quot;I hear that over and over again. What would you say to that? Roger: Well, there is a cure. I mean, it definitelyhelps. I've went from having sharp needles and pinsmy feet at all times, burningsensations, now I've got a cool dull pain that 's bearable. Before it was a strugglefor every step, and there were a lot of days
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little battery somewhere? Reed: Exactly so. I think we have a graphic, if we can put it up. A neurostimulator, thedevice, it's made by three large companiesthe United States, all excellent equipment.It consists of a small battery very similar to pacemaker battery. In fact, the companiesmake thesethree long wires, plasticcovered wires. The battery is actually typically implantedin the upper outer hip and there are reasons for that. It is very simple to pass theselittle wires up under the skin, two of them end themthe back of the head, right underthe skin what we call the occipital nerves, and two pass over the front just right inthe eyebrows.
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