Fran C. vividly remembers when she had no desire to live anymore. “I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t sleep. I would go to work, come home and try to sleep.” The 55-year-old former ad agency executive and dynamic community volunteer says she had become totally depressed by her back pain situation and was taking pain medication in order to cope.
“I travel, swim, and go to movies and get out again. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!”
“Everybody had written me off.” she says. “Many doctors told me there was nothing they could do and that I had to learn to live with the pain.” In addition, her medical situation was beginning to affect her relationships with her husband, family and friends.
Fran found Dr. Peloza and the Center for Spine Care and on Jan. 20, 2004, she had a surgical procedure which, she says “saved my life.” But she spent many agonizing years searching for relief through chiropractic adjustments, alternative medicine, acupuncture, physical therapy, pain injections, and many physician consultations.
Fran’s painfully long journey began when she was just 13-years-old. Diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, she was put in a cast and given pain pills. By the time she was in college, the pain had worsened and she was in physical therapy and still taking pain medication.
In her mid-thirties, she encountered a frightening situation. While planting shrubs in her yard, she discovered she could not stand up. After consulting with a physician, she was told she needed surgery. She consulted with doctors from New York to California to Dallas. Her situation worsened– she began having chest pains and shortness of breath due to the spine curvature increasing. She learned she had a severe “S” curve. That was when she opted for surgery to implant a rod in her back to straighten the curve. For the next 5 years, she complained of pain from her right hip down to her toes. Later, it was discovered that the rod was hitting a nerve. Another doctor removed part of the rod and performed several fusions and told her she had permanent nerve damage.
She found a good physical therapist and spent the next several years working out to help ease the pain. For awhile it helped, but the pain returned Fran was forced to retire from the company she had co-founded because she was in so much pain and felt it was unfair to her partner and clients.
Her experience with doctors had not been too pleasant so far. When she found Dr. Peloza, he told her he thought surgery may help her terrible leg pain. Dr. Peloza performed a micro endoscopic decompression at L4 and L5. Dr. Peloza uses the METRx™ endoscopic system to view the spine which enables him to relieve pressure on the spine and nerve roots while minimizing damage to the paraspinal muscles. Fran says the results were amazing and that the next day, she could tell there was less pain. Within one week she was completely without the leg pain that had plagued her for years!
“I can now walk from my house to shop nearby. I travel, swim, and go to movies and get out again,” she says. “This is the first time I’ve ever had a positive response. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!”
“…He offered me hope and… has never given up on me. ”
Cynthia F. says she is “very fortunate to be walking.” The 50-year-old from Graham, TX has suffered from a multitude of medical problems over the years.
Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1977, she was prescribed prednisone, a drug used for this condition. While it helped her Crohn’s Disease, it weakened her bones, causing osteoporosis. She also suffered from scoliosis, spinal stenosis, arthritis, and glaucoma. In addition, she had cervical spinal stenosis and cervical myelopathy compression of her cervical spinal cord causing pain and dysfunction which can result in paralysis.
After years of immense pain and consulting with many doctors who, Cynthia says “did not want to touch me,” she found Dr. Peloza and the Center for Spine Care. “He offered me hope and has had a lot of faith in me. He has never given up on me.”
One neck surgery and three back surgeries later, Cynthia says her strength has returned and she can walk on the treadmill for 25 minutes. She says she is 100% better than before surgery. Since 1997, Dr. Peloza has performed a cervical laminoplasty, a lumbar laminectomy, and two lumbar fusions to rebalance her thoracolumbar spine and correct her kyphoscoliosis.
She can do many daily activities that she simply was unable to do before such as cooking, driving, dressing, and doing laundry.
“I recommend Dr. Peloza to everybody and anybody. I have complete faith and confidence in him. I would probably be dead or in a wheelchair if not for him.”
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.