Ever since my last pregnancy five years ago, I had experienced a lot of back pain. I had seen four different doctors for my chronic pain, including my OB and two different chiropractors. I was absolutely fed up! Three of them had no idea what was wrong and, sadly, I even had to a hysterectomy in hopes of getting rid of the pain. It didn't help. So the final outcome was pain pills and a diagnosis of soft tissue in my lower back.
My husband came home from work one day and told me he heard about a wonderful chiropractor in Kingston. He went once and was very impressed. He then told me about a friend of his at work who had such a bad back that his legs throbbed from it. That was what was happening to me. My husband told me Dr. Lamar helped him, and I called the next day and made an appointment.
We are on about the fourteenth adjustment right now and my pain level has gone from probably a 7-8 out of 10, to a 2 or 3. We are still working on it and I am going in two days a week to get more adjustments. The results have been amazing!
I cannot say enough about Dr. Lamar. Five years of pain and finally I have relief! I can tell you he is the first doctor I have ever been to that really sat down and spent time with me and listened. He was determined to find and attack the problem. It is so nice to get up in the morning and not take a handful of pills to get through my day. I seriously did not know there for a while what I was going to do.
My life is slowly getting back on track and that would not be possible if it were not for Dr. Lamar and his wisdom, determination, and caring. I just wish every doctor that you had to go to had his bedside manner and really listened to what their patients had to tell them.
Thank you so much, Dr. Lamar. You gave me my life back and I can say my family is a lot happier also.
Port Hadlock, Washington
I had been suffering from intense left facial pain for several months. A visit to my dentist (I thought I had a bad tooth) and x-rays found no problems that would contribute to such pain. So he referred me to an endotonist (more x-rays) but no results.
Living on four to six Extra Strength Excedrin daily, and sleeping with a 10-lb sack of my face at night just for relief, I knew that I needed a diagnosis as the depression from the excruciating pain was getting the better of me. I consulted with my internist where I had a CT scan. Again, nothing to diagnose except the possibility of trigeminal neuropathy; however, I would need to see a neurologist to confirm that diagnosis, which I did, but an MRI revealed no neuropathy. Rather he had diagnosed atypical facial pain. There is no cure only pain management.
Again I went back to my dentist as I could feel the origin of the pain within a certain tooth area of my mouth. At least, I begged, remove that part of my face so I can have some relief! His assistant, formerly a dental assistant who specialized in TMJ, suggested the possibility of TMJ, but this would require another set of x-rays and most likely braces. Since I'm 60 years old, that was just not going to be an option!
Although I had been a patient of Dr. Lamar's for some time, it never occurred to me that he could treat facial pain (I thought chiropractors are about backs and necks). When I told him what I had been going through, the physicians, the x-rays, the weight bag and vicadin on weekends, he began to treat the affected areas of my mouth, head, and neck and back as though he were treating a patient with TMJ. A discovery of a falling arch in my right foot was part of the problem. So orthotics were made.
There were no immediate results not until about the third visit, (by now I had the facial pain for one year) then suddenly, things began to improve! So amazed was I at the simplicity of treating this ailment that I would tell anyone and everyone who would listen. I went back to my dentists and physicians and explained how Dr. Lamar's treatments had totally cured my facial pain. Their reactions were all very similar raised eyebrows!
It has been one full year since I had been treated by Dr. Lamar for my facial pain and I am still pain free! A lesson learned, see your chiropractor FIRST!
Wanda Rains, Machine Quilter
In 1990, at the age of 40, my neck and back problems began. They started small and were temporarily remedied with an adjustment and/or icing. I would have bouts with lower back pain, especially around Spring gardening time. In 1997 I started a machine quilting business which required a lot of upper body work. After a few years my neck was so stiff, it had to be iced, massaged, and adjusted several times a month. Then in 2002 I had a freak accident following a fall which resulted in a lamenectomy spinal surgery. Recovery was supposed to take 6 months. However, the pain in my neck never went away, and I worked when I could. As the months and years went by there were things I could not do that worried me, and things seemed to be getting worse. Carrying groceries or anything over 10 lbs. created pain, and gardening was out completely. As a result, I was doing less and less physical activity in what once was a very active life. At 58, when getting out of bed in the morning, I was so stiff that I moved like I was 30 years older. The stiffness and pain took its toll. It drained me of my self esteem and kept me from doing any physical activity. I was worried that by the time I reached 70, I may have to have a walker or be in a wheelchair. Not something to look forward to.
Then, in the Spring of 2009, Dr. Lamar figured out I had an underlying chronic sacroiliac sprain resulting in an unstable pelvis that was causing the rest of my back and neck to stiffen and seize. Dr. Lamar's diagnosis, and subsequent treatment, simply changed my life.
In just a few months, I literally feel 20 years younger and am now looking forward to a long, healthy and happier life. I am strong enough to carry groceries without pain, I have the energy to walk my dog twice a day, and I've lost 10 pounds just being more active. With the new exercise program Dr. Lamar has prescribed, I look forward to putting a garden in next year, and who knows what else I will be doing. I could not have imagined feeling this good again, but here I am. I am so grateful to Dr. Lamar and the chiropractic discipline.
Rainy Day Quilts
Our sweet baby Owen was born Saturday, November 15 at 7:27 am. He was 8 pounds and 21 inches long. Just like with any birth, mom and baby were a little traumatized, needing rest and of course, wanting an easy, positive nursing experience. Since this was my fifth baby I knew what to look for in terms of latching on, but my sweet little guy was having some trouble. He cried when I tried to nurse him, acted odd, and would just give up. After repeated tries and him continuing to nurse poorly on only one side, I was a little unnerved. This wasn't the experience I wanted, and I knew there must be something wrong.
The next day my midwife encouraged me to contact a chiropractor, and that perhaps it was something simple that would be fixed with an adjustment. I called my dear friend, Keri, and asked if there was any way Tom would come over to help Owen. What a blessing it was to have him come and look our baby over, adjusting his neck where necessary and enabling him to be a little more at ease when trying to learn how to eat. Owen started nursing on both sides, was less fretful, and even slept great! We're so thankful for chiropractic care and know it makes a world of difference, not only with immediate needs like that of our Owen, but with routine preventative maintenance, allowing our whole family to enjoy good health.
Ryan and Wydie Mayfield
Twelve years ago this was my first thought upon rising - daily. I had just gone through a major move to Kingston. I had a bed that was new to me, but surely good enough. After a while, I was certain it's the bed I would growl under my breath. I thought I would just turn it, and turn it, and flip it over, and turn it again. It took another two years to come to the conclusion it's not the bed. Aging, stress, and trying to move too many things by myself didn't help a problem that just kept getting worse. Pain meds to go to sleep became a ritual, pain meds during the day started to worry me.
I finally called Dr. Tom Lamar at Anchor Chiropractic. After our initial consultation and some x-rays we began a consistent routine of adjustments. Today, I can honestly say I rarely take pain meds at all any more! I am a believer in the quality of Chiropractic care I have received from Dr. Lamar. If I keep on a schedule my own schedule of what I call maintenance adjustments, I seem to have more flexibility and less pain, even in my neck. Remember when Dorothy found the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz? I used to feel like he looked. That's not me anymore!
Interior Designer and Artist
Anyone that is fortunate to have a career that they are passionate towards can count themselves one of the lucky ones. Having been in the golf business in one capacity or another for over 35 years, I have been blessed to be apart of the golf industry. I turned professional in 1990 after a successful college career at the University of Washington where we won the Pac-10 Championship in 1988. Shortly after college I turned professional and embarked on a career of being a working golf professional in the local area, and occasionally playing in events for money. Golf has always been the driving force in my life, and I wouldn't know what else to do if it wasn't for this magnificent game. My back problems started last year while on vacation when, after a couple of swings on the course, I was rendered helpless after experiencing severe pain in my lower back along the beltline.
This pain would come and go, but never left. Finally it manifested itself last November when playing in a two-day tournament. While making a swing on the course, I was nearly unable to finish my second round due to the extreme reoccurring pain. I was unable to make any kind of comfortable swing, and I was afraid of what might have happened. Following the round my lower back was so stiff that I was unable to even pull on my socks and tie my shoes without help. Was it a slipped disc? Did I pull a muscle? Or was it something even worse? Having never experienced any previous back pain issues, I was honestly afraid to get a diagnosis for fear of what it could mean to my career. Before I relented to any help I first tried on my own to stretch and apply heat and ice to the area for a couple of weeks, but to no avail. It was then that a coworker suggested I go see Dr. Thomas Lamar for a consultation at Anchor Chiropractic in Kingston.
Skeptical at first, I knew that I needed to find someone, or something, that could help me return to the form that I needed in order to maintain my quality of life. Upon meeting Dr. Lamar I felt a sense of his own passion for his profession that I could really relate to. He took his time in running me through a number of tests and x-rays before delivering his diagnosis. We laid out a plan that would, over a period of time, not only help my situation, but keep it from ever returning and strengthen the lower back N which I was delighted to hear. Within a short period of time I started to see great improvement. Along with my continued workouts to strengthen my core region, with the chiropractic treatments I began to feel that certain vigor and sharpness return to my daily routine. We began incorporating some therapeutic massage with Robin into the routine, and within two weeks I was nearly pain-free. Soon I began hitting range balls and playing golf without the aid of the four to five Aleve that I needed to get through a round of golf before. My mental and physical well-being became a powerful partnership that has me excited to return to competitive golf again. Being pain free has given me my life back (no pun intended). I was very skeptical, and somewhat of a nonbeliever, but now I have become Dr. Lamar's biggest fan, and I will always make myself available to sing his praises. Count me as a believer!
Bruce Christy is PGA Director of Golf at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Washington.