Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME, DEPRESSION
After 2 previous suicide attempts, I was seriously planning a third after another afternoon of writhing on the floor in pain, when I came upon an article regarding Dr. Tong’s treatments.
For the first time in 26 years, I felt hope that there might be an answer to the constant nagging, exhausting, and often debilitating pain which I was forced to live with.
The pain began in August 1965 from an injury that occurred during my 4th pregnancy. It was excruciating. I worked with a respected orthopedic surgeon in our area, trying physical therapy, drug therapy, traction, and shoe lift, anything we could think of to avoid surgery. But in 1970, I had a L 4-5 laminectomy and fusion and spent 3 months immobilized in be in a full body cast and then 6 months in a walking body cast. I stopped dragging my foot after surgery. The pain did not stop.
Over the next 21 years, after my surgeon told me that he thought the pain which I continued to have was only in my head, I didn’t quit looking for help. I sought treatment in many different ways with various doctors:
- a neurologist
- John Hopkins Pain Clinic – one month
- Additional surgery
- drugs – years
- chiropractors – years
to name a few. Nothing that I tried worked in drastically reducing the pain until my first visit with Dr. Tong. I felt an immediate difference in the pain that had totally engulfed the right side of my body – head to toe – for half of my life! I left that office with my heart soaring with hope!
Dr. Tong has treated me now for over 3 years and the pain that I have lived with now for 30 years had been reduced 70 to 80% to an area on my upper back and my right hip with occasional sciatica involvement. I no longer think about suicide and am looking forward to a future with my grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, hopefully, free of pain.
My husband and I are originally from Indiana and all of our family now lives there. We plan on moving back there soon. When asked when, I reply, :When I’m done working with Dr. Tong.”
DR. TONG’S TREATMENT IS THAT IMPORTANT TO ME AND NECESSARY FOR MY HEALTH!
Word of this treatment has to get out! There are so many people like me who’s lives would be changed to be more livable, healthy, and productive as mine is becoming.
OTHER DOCTORS NEED TO KNOW WHAT DR. TONG HAS CREATED.
PUBLISH HIS ARTICLE. PLEASE. PLEASE.
YOU MAY SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE AS HE DID MINE.
Judith A. K.
** Arachnoiditis David suffered from low back pain associated with degenerative joint disease for twenty years. For four years prior to NBE therapy, he “lived” on reclining chair 24 hours a day. Specialists from UCLA, Stanford, Mayo Clinic, and Scripps in La Jolla made the diagnosis of arachnoiditis, but offered no effective treatment. An anesthesiologist inserted an intrathecal test pump, but continuous infusion of dilaudid and methadone via PCA along with multiple oral medication failed to provide relief.
The first NBE treatment produced a dramatic response and the patient had the intrathecal catheter removed after the second treatment. After an initial five month therapy and periodic treatments for exacerbations, the patient was cured. He has not needed any form of therapy for the last two years.
Like so many of your now healthy patients before me, I am pleased to send you this unsolicited letter. Outside of Christ, you are the “Healer of All Healers.” You have saved me, as well as countless others with your ubiquitous knowledge of the human body, and I sincerely thank you for it.
I was diagnosed by specialists from Stanford, Mayo Clinic, Houston, and Scripps in La Jolla, to have arachnoiditis. I had been suffering since my back surgery 20 years ago. At the time of our first meeting, I was wearing an epidural pump, which was pumping 12 mg of Dilaudid an hour into my spinal cord, plus taking 10 mg Methadone four times a day. I was walking around like a zombie but still in a lot of pain. I was on the verge of having this contraption permanently installed in my body. I am thankful that I was led to you. You were not interested in seeing the forty pound of MRI’s and films that I brought–only my tongue. During the first session sticking that awesome looking needle in me, I felt immediate relief.
Since that time, I have steadily improved with each visit, especially when you asked me to try those magnetic soles. What a difference it makes when I wear them. In fact, I am very happy with all the magnetic products and your total program of stress and nutritional guidance.
May 1997: The Doctor informed me that he could not help me anymore, because I needed too many pain killers. I obtained another doctor and requested help through a pain management specialist. At that time I was taking 15-20 loracets plus methocarbanol 8-12 per day, and would still make trips to the emergency room for demerol injections. I would obtain only partial short term relief. July 1997: I was prescribed Methadone ( 120 mg’s. Per day). 1 also maintained 75 loracets per week and muscle relaxants. I over dosed several times because even these were not controlling the pain.
Oct. 1997 I was admitted into the hospital when the pain became totally uncontrollable I spent 10 days with Diladud I.V. using patient-controlled analgesia, 100 mg Demerol injections every hour, 300 mg Robaxin, and 10 mg Valium every 6 hours. I was released with prescription for 360 mg’s. MS Contin, per day, Methocarbanol 4 times per day, Valium 4 times per day, Vistaril 4 times per day, and Elavil. Even with all of this I was still in pain that would require the use of a wheel chair.
Nov. 1997 I tried Methadone again. 120 mg’s. Per day, 50 mg’s. Elavil, 2700 mg’s Neurontin per day ( for seizures and pain). I would still have to take Darvon, Percodan and /or loracets up to 75 per week, with Methocarbanol, in order to gain relief.
Dec. 1997: I had a MRI performed, which showed significant narrowing of the spinal canal at L4-L5, Stenosis, and Neuritis. I consulted a Orthopedic doctor specialized in Micro Surgery. He said that he could do surgery and possibly help reduce the pain, with no promise as to the results. I had many doubts because of the results from my previous surgeries. Other doctors told me that I could not be helped and that I needed to learn to live with the pain. I felt that I would be better off dead.
Feb. 2, 1998: I had my first visit with Dr. Tong. He was able to relieve my pain that day. I have had 6 visits, with about a 50% overall reduction in pain. I also have been able to reduce or stop other medications. My outlook is now optimistic and I also realize that this will take time, but I now feel that I can improve and will be able to look forward to a better life.
MEDICATIONS BEFORE VS AFTER DR, TONG’S THERAPY
After First Treatment
*Patient results may vary and there is no guarantee of performance.