There are a couple of things you should know about me before I give you my “testimony” about my experiences with Dr. Patrick Baker.
1. My grandmother nicknamed me “Bea” because I started walking at 8 months. I have never stopped….
2. I am a firm believer in the fact that if possible, our bodies will heal themselves without medicine to mask the pain or surgery to “treat” it, IF given the proper nutrition, exercise and rest.
Now to my story…
After a long and fun three-day weekend with my girlfriends, where I drove 11 hours in three days, wore a new pair of tennis shoes while walking endless hours to shop, and slept in a bed I was not used to, I woke up two days later with severe pain down my left leg and across my back.
Now, I am not talking “take a Tylenol and go to bed” kind of pain. I could not stand up straight, could not lay down in any comfortable position, could not walk more than 10 feet and when I moved, I literally cried out in agony. I had double knee replacements (both at the same time) six years ago and the pain from that did not match what I was experiencing.
After reading some online exercises and treatments and trying to “doctor” myself for a week, I called Dr. Baker, whom I had seen several years ago after an auto accident. I went in for a consultation and X-ray to see what could possibly be the problem. I could barely stand up long enough to get the X-rays taken.
Dr. Baker looked at the results and did some muscle stimulation therapy and ultrasound and then adjusted my back. I felt great! But it only lasted for about 15 minutes. By the time I walked to my car and pulled myself in the seat (my husband was driving me), the severe pain was back. I had made appointments to come back daily to see Dr. Baker. The pain was horrible and I couldn’t sleep, stand, sit, lay or anything without discomfort—no, that is too mild—without excruciating pain! I canceled Thanksgiving off at my house and had done NO Christmas shopping!
I went back to Dr. Baker day after day, six days a week. After the 2nd week of treatments, well-meaning friends and family members began to direct me to websites and forward me phone numbers of surgeons in the area. I continued to see Dr. Baker. By the middle of the third week, now the beginning of December, my pain level was at a 9 most of the time (down from what I considered to be an 11 on a scale of 1-10!) The pain in my left leg was so severe that I began to think I had bone cancer or a break in the femur of which I was unaware! I was in tears when I talked to Dr. Baker that day. He just told me to “hang in there; it will get better.”
I did begin to feel a tiny, minuscule bit of relief after leaving his office. Generally, for about 60-90 minutes my pain level would be bearable. I can’t say I was without pain at all. My leg, even if not aching like a toothache, still hurt all the time. By week four, I could actually see some progress. I began to be able to work a bit, move around and get in and out of my car with relative ease. I continued to see Dr. Baker 4-6 times a week.
By the week before Christmas, now a full 6 weeks had passed, I could function will minimal pain until around 6 p.m. By that time I was in the chair the rest of the night. My husband took a photo of me sitting on a stool cooking dinner because I couldn’t stand that long at the stove!
Little by little, the pain was gone from adjustment time till close to bed time—12-14 hours at a stretch. I had a trip coming in January to a sales conference and I was concerned about getting around at the airport and then walking around for three days at a conference. But my pain began to diminish rapidly by Christmas. I wasn’t ready to dance a jig, but certainly a waltz!
Now I have been seeing Dr. Baker for nearly two months. The pain in my back and down my leg is nearly gone; the numbness in my left thigh is almost normal, but still tingles a bit. I can walk, stand, move and even go to the grocery store without worrying about “making it through.” I am now down to twice a week and I will continue to see Dr. Baker, or one of his associates, weekly. I don’t know for how long, maybe temporarily, I just know I NEVER want to be in that much pain again. I am leaving for my conference tomorrow!
I remember seeing the poster on the wall in his West Chester clinic of the progression of life, from baby to adult, then stooping, walking with a walker and in a wheelchair. I literally saw myself in that poster and know without his help, I would probably be on a surgeon’s table by now. I know that with the proper nutrition, exercise and rest, my 62-year-old body can once again “dance a jig!”
Thanks Dr. Patrick Baker, Dr. Brock Frear and the entire staff at Baker Chiropractic and Wellness you are all amazing!*
– Patricia Stirnkorb
*Please note, there is no guarantee of specific results with our care and results may vary. Please contact us to discuss your specific condition.