Three years ago, 95-year-old Henry Meyer was suffering from bulging, degenerated and herniated discs. He was having trouble walking, and he couldn’t even make it from his bedroom to the kitchen table without collapsing on the floor. Before coming to the Illinois Back Institute, Henry tried a variety of different treatments to rehab his back, but nothing seemed to make him better.
- “The other doctors were just giving me injections in my back. I would get off that table and feel worse than I did when I first got on it.”
Henry also went to see a chiropractor, but all they would do was massage his back and take ultra sounds, which produced no positive result. Henry thought he had reached the end. His doctors wouldn’t operate on his bad back because of his age, so they gave him painkillers and told him to live with the pain for the rest of his life.
- “I overdosed on Aleve, it wore a hole in my stomach and I was hemorrhaging. I told my wife I was going to bed because I was so sick and said I don’t care if I ever get up.”
When Henry’s wife went to go check on him, she pulled over the covers and saw blood. Henry told her to leave him alone. Despite his wishes she called the medics, and they took him to the emergency room. His condition was so bad that they thought he wouldn’t make it through the night. They thought a priest should read him the last rights.
- Henry got a second chance and lived through his deadly overdose. “I’m kind of a tough marine and I rallied and was okay.” As a result, his wife convinced him to try the Illinois Back Institute.
“We came in here and almost from the beginning I could feel a difference in my back.” After several treatments at the Illinois Back Institute, Henry was able to walk again. He can walk successfully from his bedroom to the kitchen table without pain or collapsing. “It’s given me hope that I can continue to live the rest of my life however long life is going to be. I look forward to life now and I hope for another 20 to 30 years with my wife.” Henry, who is now 95, is still living a pain-free, healthy life. He thanks the Illinois Back Institute for giving him that second chance.