LUPUS, BACK PAIN, SHINGLES
I would like to know why it is taking so long to get reimbursed for the money I have spent on treatments by Dr. Tong. I signed up with your insurance because you are a three-tiered program. I was told that with the third tier, I could go outside the network to get treatment. Yet, your company seems to be denying me coverage.
Over the past 20 years I have seen many doctors before going to Dr. Tong. I have suffered from joint pain and inflammation (due to lupus), backaches and neck pain (two herniated disks), and shingles (well over a hundred episodes). The dozens of doctors I have seen have put me on all kinds of pain medication and anti-inflammatories. I have also been on Valtrex to control the shingle outbreaks. I have gone through all kinds of blood work and tests, including expensive MRIs, yet no doctor has been able to truly help me. They have been able to mask the pain but not take it away. 3 months ago I came across Dr. Tong’s web site and after much contemplation, decided to visit him. Dr. Tong spent over an hour and a half with me discussing how he thought he could help me (in that first meeting he spent more time with me than my primary care physician has spent with me if you totaled all my appointments). Based on the meeting and his web site, I decided I had nothing to lose. At the time I had excruciating pain in my neck. My primary care physician (Dr. Robertson) wanted an MRI done, but it had been three weeks, and Inner Valley still had not given authorization for the MRI. After the first treatment with Dr. Tong, my neck pain was almost gone (about 85%). I could actually nod my head up and down, and it didn’t send shooting pain through me. By the second session, the pain was completely gone. He also completely took away the pain I was having in the left side of my face. This pain had been there for over three years. I went to Dr. Robertson (who put me on antibiotics and told me to see my dentist), my dentist (who could find no reason why my teeth/face should be bothering me and sent me to a my root canal specialist), the root canal specialist (who put me on antibiotics again and sent me back to Dr. Robertson). I repeat: Dr. Tong was able to take away the pain I have been living with for three years with one treatment. He did this without the use of pain pills, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or any other toxic drugs. He did not mask the pain. He TOOK THE PAIN AWAY—something no other doctor has ever been able to do. This was three months ago, and the pain in my face and my neck has not returned. Now Dr. Tong is working on my joint pain. I have lived with this pain for almost twenty years, and Dr. Tong has alleviated so much of it for me. I feel like a new person. He is also working with my nutrition, and with the supplements he has given me, I have gotten off the Valtrex. I have had no outbreaks in the past two months (I have never gone this long since I first started breaking out with shingles in 1981). I have more energy than I have ever had thanks to Dr. Tong.
If you have a doctor on your list that can do what Dr. Tong has done for me- relieve my pain and give me back my energy without the use of toxic drugs, than I will be glad to make him/her my doctor. However, I have seen dozens of doctors over the past twenty years and not one of them has ever come close to producing the results that Dr. Tong has been able to produce. I am sick and tired of being put on drugs that do not help me, and I do not want to take them any more. I find it interesting that your company is willing to pay for an expensive MRI for my neck (which would only confirm that I indeed had a neck problem- it would not, in any way, relieve my pain), yet you are balking on providing me quality care that relieves my pain, at a much cheaper cost to your company. This makes no sense to me whatsoever. Dr. Tong is a licensed physician who has helped thousands of patients to date. You can read about him yourself at www.drtong.com.
I would like to be reimbursed for the money I have spent.
POST HERPETIC NEURALGIA
When I first went to Dr. Tong for help, I’d been going to our physician (Who’s very good) and other doctors, who were no help. My case of shingles seemed to be more severe than the ordinary case! I went to these doctors about six months, when I heard about Dr. Tong and Dr. Qi. My first visit to them, I came home and slept two hours. I hadn’t slept over twenty minutes at a time for six months. I went to bed that evening about 11:00 p.m. I slept straight through until 6:30 the next morning. Shingles is a very excruciating disease and I am doing really well! Thanks to Dr. Tong.
I suffered with Shingles for two and a half months before starting treatments with Dr. Tong. I endured constant pain which affected my left leg from my ankle to my groin. I could not bend my knee, and was barely able to walk. I was on pain medication, and sleeping pills, and was afraid of becoming addicted to the strong medication. After being treated by Dr. Tong with acupuncture, I started to improve after only three treatments. I was able to discontinue all medication and was walking again after ten treatments. I am grateful to Dr. Tong and his wonderful staff for helping me recover from the shingles, and the post herpetic neuralgia that followed. Thanks again.
Bette J. I.
NOTE: Bette has had no recurrences in nine years.
SHINGLES, FAILED BACK SURGERY
I came to you about two months ago on the recommendation of my personal physician. I was unable to walk more than half a block with the aid of a cane. I was in extreme pain from a spinal cord injury I received in an automobile accident. I had already had one back surgery approximately five years ago and was scheduled for additional surgery in about thirty days.
After two weeks of treatments by you, I was almost completely free of pain and able to walk many blocks without the aid of my cane. It’s the first time in many years I have been so free of pain. I have continued to improve with your treatments and you have even been able to eliminate the severe pain I had from shingles.
After the first two weeks of treatments, I cancelled my back surgery. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. As a result of my wonderful success, I have referred four new patients who are now being helped by you.
Many thanks to you and your staff.
I came to you two months ago on the recommendation of my personal physician. I was unable to walk more than half a block with a cane. I was in extreme pain from a spinal cord injury from an automobile accident. I already had one back surgery five years ago and was scheduled for a second one.
After two weeks of treatments by you, I was almost completely free of pain and able to walk many blocks without my cane. It’s the first time in years I have been so free of pain. I have continued to improve, and you have even been able to eliminate the severe pain I had from shingles.
As a result of my wonderful success, I have referred four new patients who are now being helped by you. I also canceled my back surgery. I cannot tell you how grateful I am.
Donald K. H.
ENDOMETRIOSIS, ADENOMYOSIS, AND SHINGLES
Dear Dr. Tong:
For many years I have suffered with pain and problems from post herpetic pain that can be just as bad as the initial outbreak of shingles. My experience with shingles was the worst pain I have ever had to endure. I would be ill and bedridden for three to five days with constant, unending pain. This necessitated the use of strong, double doses of prescription medication for pain that would eventually give me no relief at all.
I also suffered with severe PMS symptoms and I was diagnosed with adenomyosis and endometriosis by a professor of oncology at USC and a professor of OB-GYN at UCLA who is also a reproductive endocrinologist, and a fertility specialist. They told me there was no cure and eventually I would need a hysterectomy. I had several laparoscopies and received laser treatments, but this did not cure the disease. I tried the latest modern hormone treatments known as GNRH agonists and Lupron, birth control pills and Provera but they put me in a menopausal state which caused hot flashes and headaches and made me ill. This was a six month program and after several months the symptoms came back. Since I could not repeat this treatment, it was not a cure but a temporary relief. This would only buy me time before I would have to have a hysterectomy. Every physician I saw for these problems said there was no cure and gave me pain killers that only made me ill and created other physical problems with their side effects. I went to the very best and they failed to effect a cure.
After receiving the acupuncture treatment, herbs and injections from Dr. Tong, my pain was completely relieved. Within four months, my hot flashes, eye pain and “floaters” were gone and my stress level is way down. In situations where I would normally be nervous or upset I noticed I was calm and I haven’t had any migraines! I am very happy with my results and I expect that I will not be getting a hysterectomy after all!