My name is Maria Mitchum and I started coming here around mid-April because for the last five years I have been having really bad pains in my right leg. I was having lower back pains, headaches and neck aches.
I had seen a doctor for all of this and I was diagnosed with a condition. He wanted to start me on a regiment of steroids, a treatment with steroids. Along with the steroids there were other medications to counteract the effects and I really didn’t want to do that. At the time I was taking care of my father and this one, she’s just two, she was just born and I read about the side effects of steroids and mood swings, I wasn’t going to deal with that.
My son was already seeing Dr. Strelcheck and he kept telling me: “You have to see a chiropractor.” He didn’t want me to take this medication and I didn’t want to do it either. I dealt with my problems taking Advil at night so I could sleep because I was having a really hard time sleeping at night with the pain.
Finally I decided I am going to do it, I’m going to come see the doctor. I never saw a chiropractor, I was seeing my rheumatologist and he is the one… He’s a great doctor don’t get me wrong at Northwestern but when he said this is what I needed to do in order to get my condition under control, I really didn’t want to go that route and when my son recommended this doctor, I said why not? Let me give it a shot.
The treatments have been helping tremendously. I used to go up and down the stairs like a baby almost; one foot then the next, one foot then the next and now I can even run up and down the stairs. It’s amazing!