Dear Dr. Bartlett & the Backfit Team,
I am writing this letter, first of all, to thank you all for what you have done and how much it has impacted my life in such a positive way.
Beginning in May of 2008, I have been having chronic, constant daily headaches. The pain was so debilitating that I was unable to continue playing sports and being active, I missed countless school days, as well as many events because of the pain. The only time the pain would be gone was while I slept, so I wasted many days sleeping.
I went to see a neurologist in the Fall of 2008, who described my pain as ‘cluster headache’ and said I would grow out of it by my mid twenties. At the age of 15, that seemed like a dismal solution.
When I first came to Backfit I was skeptical, having seen over 18 different doctors, including countless GP’s and specialist, a neurologist, ear nose and throat, physiotherapist, optometrist, ophthalmologist, and naturopath; as well as receiving two MRI scans, going on dietary cleanses, having blood work taken regularly, allergy testing, and more. I had been diagnosed with cluster headaches, migraines, and psychiatric problems, among other things. The worst part of it all was when I was prescribed heavy seizure medication to take daily, which didn’t change my pain at all but did leave me with absolutely no energy and completely changed my personality.
After going four years remembering the doctor who had told me that my pain was entirely “made up in my head” and recommending me to “seek psychiatric help,” the most remarkable moment was looking at my first set of X-rays, and hearing Dr. Bartlett tell me that there was a visible problem which he would do his best to help me fix. I started treatment at Backfit in January of 2012, and by Jun of 2012 my everyday pain had gone from what used to be a ’9-10 out of 10,’ to and everyday ’0-1.’
Not only did coming to Backfit ease my pain , but it also changed my entire attitude – without the everyday pain I was back to being able to participate in anything and everything I wanted to, without having to worry about when my headache would stop me. Thank you for giving me my normal life back – I cannot begin to tell you all how much I appreciate it.