"When you are constant pain, life totally stinks! "
I had regular headaches, almost daily with frequent migraines of at least 2 times per week as well. I was constantly popping Ibuprofen and Excedrin Migraine medications for so long that eventually their effectiveness wore off and only slightly lessened the pain. Even knowing the damage I was doing to my kidneys and liver from my daily pill dose, I still chose to pop these pills just so I could do life. When the pills started lose their effectiveness I had to make the decision to start the prescription for Imitrex.
My chiropractor in Colorado, Dr. Joe Singh, referred me to Drs Melendez (Pettibon technique), when we relocated to San Diego. I got my first adjustment with Dr. Melendez on May 11, 2016. I felt immediate relief!! It was as amazing and miraculous as hearing angels sing!!
When you are constant pain, life totally stinks! Even daily routines can become unbearable or impossible. When your head is pounding the last thing you want to be doing is bending down to get clean clothes out of your washer to put them into your dryer. And what's for dinner? Who in the world wants to even think about what to cook, much less cook it when you feel like someone has put a jack hammer to your head? What about simply walking down or upstairs when you have that splitting headache and it feels like your head is about to split open with each step. All you want to do is sleep when you're in pain but you can't sleep because of the pain. It becomes a vicious cycle of frustration, irritability, depression, stress, exhaustion and pain. And that's just how it affects you, but what about your spouse and children, your family? It affects every level of your relationships. Like when you have to constantly decline date nights with your spouse, or BBQ Sundays with your neighbors, or family movie nights because you have another migraine, which gets old fast. The headaches could get so bad that even hearing the person next to you breath was so intense that it would cause excruciating pain making me nauseous!
This is why I thank God for Drs David and Lorraine. Since I've been under their care my life and the lives of my husband and sons, have done a 180 degree turn! I've gone from merely existing in pain to living without pain. Once again I remember what it's like to smile and laugh again. I love our date nights and family nights again, having fun with friends and even doing laundry, well not really the laundry. But I love that I can do it all in one day and still have time to play. I can run my errands and work on my to-do-list. I can even exercise now which helps with stress management. I think the thing I'm most thrilled about is the fact that I can finally sleep for about 4 1/2 hours straight! Yes, the doctors have helped me brake my vicious cycle.
My Heart is filled with gratitude toward them for that. I still have some work to do but I'm thrilled to be going forward pain free. I'm excited to continue to work with the doctors to gain more health and live life more abundantly. As the wise Dr. Dave once said, "Good is the enemy of Great".
Thank you Dr.Dave for helping me accomplish-Great!!!"
"I finally came in for help after my back and leg pain got so bad that I could not stand for very long without having pain shoot down my leg."
I came to see Dr. David in April of 2016, a year after my wife met the doctor at a community fair in Solana Beach and brought his card home. It took a while but I finally came in for help after my back and leg pain got so bad that I could not stand for very long without having pain shoot down my leg. It was awful, I couldn't work without pain and I couldn't do much. Nothing seemed to help.
Since completing crisis care and then transitioning to lifestyle care, I'm no longer in pain; I have more energy, feel happier and even able to go dancing again. I now workout at the gym 5-7 days per week and feel great once again. I have much more energy now and my workouts are much more productive. I even lost weight since I'm able to push my body to a new level previously not possible.
"I first came to see Dr. Melendez after blowing my back out golfing. I was referred to Gold Coast Chiropractic Center by another doctor from Escondido. My back was bad when I first came for help, unable to surf, extreme difficulty walking, working and living. An MRI of my spine confirmed that I had herniated and bulged my lumbar disc at L4-L5, which was pressing on the nerve causing lots of pain. I was pretty bummed and after months of another type of chiropractic care, it continued to get worse.
The tipping point came after I went on a surf trip to Pasquales in mainland Mexico with friends and had an awful and painful time! Not only was I in horrible pain the entire time, but I could not surf at all. I missed out on all the good waves because of my disc injury. I knew something had to change so I decided to try something different.
I started on a spinal corrective plan at Gold Coast Chiropractic which included chiropractic adjustments, decompression (SRT) and rehabilitation with home exercises to fix my spine. Since starting care I feel so much better, drastically improved, and finally I am once again beginning to do the things I love, even surfing for the first time in many months, so stoked! My pain and disability has completely healed. The past days of despair and worry are now just a memory. I feel happy again and can go back to living my life with a new outlook.
"I severely injured my neck, upper back, and right shoulder while cliff jumping at Lake Powell. The pain was excruciating, it was so bad it hurt to lie down in my bed. I had to sleep propped up on my couch for weeks. Before I made it Gold Coast Chiropractic Center and Dr. Melendez, I went to a different doctor who only made things worse. He started working on me 'cold turkey' and started adjusting me without any x-ray analysis or anything. It was not a good experience! Out of desperation I went on Yelp and found Gold Coast Chiropractic and Drs Melendez.
I had recently joined the Army National Guard prior to injuring my neck and back. I was scheduled to ship out to basic training at the beginning of August 2016. I was almost certain that there was no possibility for me to be able to ship out on time. I could not run or even do one pushup because of the pain until... Drs David and Lorraine worked their magic on me, getting me feeling and functioning better than ever. Not only was a able to ship out in time for training but I went on to excel at Army Basic Training.
Since my improvements, my co-workers like me once again because I'm so much happier and pleasant to be around instead of grumpy and in pain all the time. It had been two months without any sports or activities; now I play soccer three times per week and basketball once per week since coming to Gold Coast Chiropractic. Not being in constant pain and regaining my health once again, has helped me deal with the stresses of life that used to affect me in a negative way. Now my emotions are more easily controlled and feel the equivalent of relaxing on the beach. I'm now able to continue to be active again and do the things that I enjoy with rapid recovery from hard workouts once again.