Thursday, October 23, 2014
A Patient's Personal Hell On Earth
By Dr. Tron Malachowski
Surgery after surgery, spinal fusion after spinal fusion, from Percocet to Valium, Mr. Jones had been subdued to a life of pain and misery. His life consisted of walking, sometimes assisted to the bathroom, and back to the bed. Most of his life was spent in bed, left to think about why him and he had been dealt the life he had, or lack thereof. He often hoped that God would take his life because he could no longer take the pain. His burning eyes felt like they were going to pop out of his eye sockets, his clavicle felt as if someone was taking an iron to it trying to pry it away from his body. His cluster headaches incapacitated him while his eye one day just stopped watering. It was constantly dry and irritated. His feet were cold. So cold that he always had a heating pad on them and had not gone to bed without socks on in 9 years. The pressure in his head he described as a vice wrapped around his head that would just not let up. Doctors in 2001 had fused his C4-C5 cervical vertebrae. Then again in 2004, those plates were removed and a second plate was placed at C5-C6 where one screw is quite visible in the disc space.
Mr. Jones also has cervical radiculopathy, Barrett’s esophagus, impaired vision, and intolerance to bright lights. His case was extensive: as his problems began in his teen’s when he was jumped by a local gang that put him in the hospital, he has been in multiple car accidents, and has fallen 15 feet down stairs and 20 feet of a ladder. As one could imagine, just watching Mr. Jones ambulate was painful. His gait was guarded and his steps were small. He spoke with a raspy hillbilly voice that we often hear only in the movies. As Mr. Jones began to unveil the horror he had been living for the last thirty years, his one good eye began to well up in tears. I see a lot of sick people, but to see a grown 52 year old man cry right in front of you because he is in so much pain was difficult. He was vehement towards his previous doctors prescribing unnecessary medication, sending him to psychologists because they felt he was a drug seeker, and ultimately dismissing him. This man had been broken. He had seen every doctor under the sun and not one person helped him. He was at the end of his rope. He was desperate. After listening to Mr. Jones it was immediately apparent to me what all of his doctors had overlooked. I explained to Mr. Jones that the trauma he has suffered from for the last 30 years has had a tremendous impact on his brainstem and nerve system. I explained to him what his brainstem does for him and how vital it is for function and life itself. He understood. I then went to explain to him that if the brainstem is affected or is impaired, his body will suffer. I went onto explain to him that if a tree took down one of his cables, as he used to bury cable, what would happen to the signal of the cable? He said their would be static. I said, “Exactly!” Once he was able to understand the cable analogy, he was able to understand exactly how his body was malfunctioning due to the trauma and stress. He immediately paid in full and began care.
Mr. Jones nerve system evaluation on the K4 Thermoscribe revealed nerve pressure at the Occipito-Atlanto-Axial area. His orthopedics showed decreased range of motion and pain upon specific motions. And his specific x-rays showed small misalignments at C1 and C2 with fusion of the C4-C5-C6 vertebral bones with a surgical plate attached to C5-C6. Keep in mind part of the bottom screw was protruding into the C5-C6 disc space.
During his report of finding, we explained to Mr. Jones what we had found and how we could help, and laid out a plan for him. We spoke about what was right with him instead of what was wrong with him. He liked that and was excited about beginning care. We elected to adjust C2 – entire segment left on the Kale Knee Chest Solid Head Piece table.
After Mr. Jones was adjusted, he was asked to rest for 45 minutes. Immediately after the adjustment and while he was resting, Mr. Jones felt the pressure release from the back of his head for the first time in 30 years. The first time in 7 years, his feet were warm and actually began to sweat and his “bad” eye began to water and did not feel dry anymore. His intolerance to bright lights went away, and his ability to see far away greatly improved, merely by removing the brain to body congestion in his brainstem.
Over the course of the next few days, Mr. Jones reported: less cluster headaches with less intensity, his collar bone felt sore and not painful, his double vision had disappeared, and the cervical radiculopathy melted away because he no longer had numbness in his hands.
After one of Mr. Jones’s visits, he asked me if I was married and after smiling, I replied, “yes sir, why do you ask?” He then remarked, “because if your wife ever leaves you, you will always have a home at my house!”
(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)