Around 6 years ago Michelle Kibble was outside shoveling snow and breaking up ice like she always does every winter. The next morning she woke up and her back was sore. It progressively worsened over time to the point that she couldn’t hold anything in her hands without being in tremendous pain. Then one night Michelle woke up in the middle of the night in unbelievable pain. She couldn’t sit, stand, or lay down. The pain only went away after she sat in her lazy boy chair. Michelle then woke up that morning with her entire right leg completely paralyzed!
Michelle went into her orthopedic doctor who sent her to a neurosurgeon where she was given an MRI. Her MRI showed she was spinal stenosis, lower back pain, scoliosis, herniated discs, bulging discs and a congenitally small spinal canal. The neurosurgeon then scheduled Michelle for surgery 3 weeks later. Over that time she started to feel a little bit better everyday. The day of her surgery arrived and she woke up with a fever. The doctors decided to post pone surgery. Michelle continued to feel better over time and decided not to reschedule surgery. Her doctors told her there was improvement but this could happen again at anytime and there was nothing she could do about it. Michelle became paranoid and lived the next 6 years in fear and not living her life to the fullest.
“I don’t want to live like this anymore and so I made an appointment, came in and I was convinced from the moment I walked in this what I needed to do,” said Michelle after coming into the Illinois Back Institute. Michelle didn’t realize all the things she had given up until she was able to start doing them again. “They say ‘Get Your Life Back’ and you didn’t even know you lost your life!”
Michelle came in with a pain level of 3 to 4 but she wasn’t in pain while sitting it was whenever she stood up. After a few months of treatment her pain level while standing is a 1.5 but she also has moments where she is completely pain free while standing and walking. Before coming in walking a block would kill her now she is able to walk on the treadmill with no problems. Her goal is to be normal and to live without fear and Michelle feels like she is getting there every day.
“You got to work hard but they work hard right with you.” Michelle enjoys coming into treatment and working with the Illinois Back Institute staff. She especially likes how the staff focuses on the positive and never on the negative.
“I was afraid to do anything because they had the fear in me that it’s going to happen again at any moment. So you literally don’t do anything. You don’t do anything that could potentially put you at risk to have that happen again. And here you have that safe environment which you do, do those things and you do push yourself to do the things you need to do to get better.” Michelle Kibble