I had been in chronic pain since I was 13 years old. I am now 35. I had never experienced a normal, “I feel great” feeling, because I had always been in pain. This was always how life was for me. I had chronic pain in my joints, especially in my shoulders and my hips. At the time, I was diagnosed with different things. They thought I had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and I was on anti-inflammatory drugs for a time. Those never worked. Doctors ruled out Lupus. When they thought I had Lyme Disease they had me on a course of antibiotics. That didn’t do anything. Doctors could never find anything, neither in an MRI nor in any blood tests.
When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Doctors put me on a low dose of an anti-depressant because they thought this could help with the chronic fatigue associated with Fibromyalgia. I was also on Vioxx for a while. I have been through physical therapy many times, and it helped some, because it kind of strengthened the muscles around the joints, but it never gave me lasting relief. After I was married and ready to have a family, I went off of all medications because I didn’t want all those drugs in my system.
I grew up in the medical world, and was always a little skeptical of chiropractors. I never thought to go that route. But one day, my neighbor (who is a patient) brought me a CD about Fibromyalgia from Dr. Kleinfelter’s office. My first thought was, oh, people give me things all the time, so I just kind of put it aside. Then the pain just got really bad, and I saw it sitting there on my desk, so I decided to listen to it. I started to cry because I didn’t want to step into another failed attempt. I had searched for so long, that I stopped searching. I stopped doing anything about it because nothing was ever a lasting help, but only something that would just make the symptoms feel somewhat better. I believed nothing was ever going to cure it. I was really thinking, I can’t emotionally go through this again. I talked it over with my husband, and had my bible study pray for me to help me make the decision. I then decided to do it, and I had a peace about trying it, and my husband did too. The reason I did try it is because it didn’t talk about masking the symptoms, but talked about addressing the problem.
When I went in for the initial exam I brought my husband with me so he could hear it too. It was very informative. I didn’t go through with the x-rays on my first visit because, even though the initial assessment indicated that this could benefit me, my husband and I wanted to make sure that we could afford this care and make sure that we were committed to it. I have two young children and I thought, this isn’t going to work for me, because I’m going to have to go in there, and I can’t have someone to watch my children for me every time. When I told Debbie, the office manager, she said, “Oh that’s fine, bring them with you.” I have never had anyone tell me that. But, they just work around them and it doesn’t seem to bother anybody. It is very encouraging for women who have small children and don’t think they can do anything like this. 1st Place Chiropractic is a very friendly place to go, and Dr. Kleinfelter is a good listener. If you are hesitant at all, you can just talk to her without worrying about offending her because she is there to help. She’s not going to “sell her product” to you. I feel very comfortable about telling somebody to try it without feeling like there is some kind of gimmick.
I have been under care for about a year now. I would say that my improvement was gradual, but then all of a sudden I noticed that I really had marked improvement. I went out of alignment just a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t realize it until about a week later and I was in pain. I thought, you know, I used to live with this. It’s amazing, how quickly we forget. That’s when I realized what kind of pain I used to be in, and I was amazed at how far I had come. It doesn’t hurt to move my arms anymore. I am already taking it for granted and it’s only been a year since I started. I used to live a very guarded life, guarding my joints, and I never had good range of movement. I used to have hip pain, and I thought maybe it was from having children or I was getting arthritis or something. Either way, I felt that it was just new pain I would have to live with. That pain is gone now too.
Previously, I had come to the conclusion in my life that this illness was just something I needed to bear. I have had years of thinking, Well, we’ll see if this works, and I never expect anything to work. I prayed for years, always trusting that if this was what God wanted me to live with, He had a reason and purpose for it in my life. I just can’t believe that He would give me this gift. I feel that it is such a gift and I am just amazed at the effects on my life!