Patient Success Story – Don @ Rochester, MI

Issues began with low back, mid-back and left flank and abdominal pain right before Christmas 2012.  The symptoms were very unusual.  I would experience issues with gait, along with muscle spasms in my legs. Since then I have seen my primary doctor eight times,  a neurologist, a urologist, a gastroenterologist, two hospital visits, abdominal x-ray, thoracic x-ray, CAT scan of brain, CAT scan of abdomen, CAT scan of pelvis, ultrasound of pelvis and abdomen, MRI of back and brain, and six weeks of physical therapy.  Thank God all of the results did come back negative, with the exception of the MRI of my back.  The MRI revealed that I have degenerative disc disease (L4-L5, L5-S1, C5-C6, & C6-C7).  I live a very active lifestyle, and all of that has been put on hold, if not completely, my ability do what I normally do is very limited.  I am primarily a runner, competing in mostly boot camp style races, and now I couldn’t run ten feet.  After six weeks of physical therapy, and not getting the results that I had expected, I was directed to Dr. Beaubien.  Immediately I was impressed.  The initial visit with him is incredibly detailed.  He covers all of the bases, and shows a genuine concern and passion for his work.  His understanding of functional neurology and it’s affect on the body, as well as the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to help you in regaining your life has been incomparable.  I just had my eighth visit, and have seen more results in this short time than I have with all of the other doctors combined over the last six months.  I am certainly still a work in progress, but cannot say enough about Dr. Beaubien and Kelly.  Don’t follow the protocol that I did, make Dr. Beaubien your initial visit if you are suffering from any type of sports related injuries or issues.

Don, 43.  Rochester, MI

NSAID side effects

What you you mean there are side effects to my NSAID?

NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as: ibuprofen, asprin and naproxen.


These drugs have been shown to decrease collagen synthesis.  No big deal I don’t really want that cushy stuff in my knees or hips anyways.  They are also responsible for increase risk of upper GI bleeding.  Photosensitivity is a commonly overlooked side effect.  Then there is my personal favorite erectile dysfunction.


Natural Anti-Inflammatories

Ever wonder if there is anything else you could take for those chronic aches and pains? You want a natural alternative, but you also want something that works. Well wonder no more. Here is a short list of natural substances that have anti-inflammatory effects.

Bromelian – this little wonder is made from pineapple stem. It works as both an anti-inflammatory and digestive enzyme. The key to this working as an anti-inflammatory is to take it between meals otherwise it will work as a digestive enzyme.

Curcumin – another anti-inflammatory that is derived from tumeric .

Devil’s claw – Very good anti-inflammatory.

Boswellia – Another very good anti-inflammatory.

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