…able to come completely off the methadone and able to wear normal clothes…
Denise Roeder, a young, determined woman of 54 was suffering from what was diagnosed
as post surgical neuropathy. Denise had surgery in February of 2002 and experienced
what was presumed as nerve end damage causing excruciating pain from her spine around
to the front of her torso. The pain was so severe that she could not wear any form
fitting clothes… nothing could be close to the skin, so she spent her days in baggy
loose fitting clothing. Denise was put on a strong pain medication called methadone
for three and a half years. She had had two intercostal nerve blocks and one sympathetic
nerve block and neither did any good. She had also tried multiple medications to
alleviate the pain. Because of the medication and the pain, Denise was unable to
drive or work. She had become completely dependent on family members to do everything
for her… from shopping, to cooking, to laundry. Denise was told by her doctors that
that was the lifestyle she could expect.
Fortunately, Denise found a neurologist that was willing to try to lower her debilitating
methadone dosage and explore alternative methods for pain management. After careful
thought, her neurologist recommended acupuncture. After her first visit she was hopeful
for the first time in three and a half years. She was a little surprised at the pro-active
methods that the therapists and acupuncturists used in an effort to eliminate her
pain. Denise thought she was just going to get stuck with a few needles and go home.
But, the therapists and acupuncturists wanted to take an intensive approach in order
to correct her condition and have lasting results.
Denise received acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, acupuncture with stimulation,
massage therapy and physical therapy while she was undergoing treatment at ARC Physical
Therapy and Pain Center. After only two months of treatment, Denise was able to come
completely off the methadone, she can wear normal clothes, she is back to driving,
she is able to cook and clean… She is even going to start to look for employment
soon. Denise said the biggest difference is the fact that she "finally has the desire
to get going and be active again".
Denise was very impressed with the staff at ARC; with how cheerful and positive minded
everyone was. She felt as though the therapists were trustworthy and knowledgeable.
She is grateful of the miraculous success they were able to achieve with her condition.
Denise has recommended ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center to anyone and everyone
that she encounters with chronic pain… She has a bundle of business cards that she
keeps on hand!