After seeking treatment for back issues, chronic pain and post surgical pain for well over a decade I finally found comprehensive treatment that has made a forever change in my life and personal well being. Led by Dr. William Leone, my overall treatment has been highly effective!
I came in a total skeptic after living in pain for so long and seeking help from other good physicians who had answers of heavy drugs and surgery. I hated the drugs and their effect on my life. I finally broke down and had surgery with a great physician and it helped in ways but caused new problems as well. Even after new medications and therapy were introduced, the pain was constant and I did not know what to do.
I did seek alternative treatment in one Nashville office because of seeing a advertisements, which I found did not represent them appropriately. They were actually chiropractors, not MD's (managing physician out there ""somewhere"") and should never have been allowed to give me injections around my spine! They did not have the proper equipment, facilities or professionals in place. A few hours after they performed one series of 15 injections around my spine, I had a tremendous spinal headache. I was scared, called them and they told me to take some Excedrin. I keep calling because it didn't go away and it was so bad my teenager had to drive me. Only after walking into their office crying to see a MD for help did they tell me there were none on site and they were only chiropractors and could not help - go to ""your doctor"" they said.... Assumed that's what I was doing.
Needless to say, I was not anxious to try again! I did finally visit Dr. Leone on the referral of a friend. I am sure I seemed to be a very tough patient and was highly skeptical of his ability to help or introduce me to anything I had not already tried. He looked at my surgery scar and mentioned the way he would need to inject me so I would not get a spinal headache -- I had not even told him that had happened to me! Confidence was gaining.... He talked to me about my lifestyle and past history. He then asked if I would allow him to try and help me and we would watch the results as a team to see what truly made a positive impact on my life.
Well, I went in to his surgery center for my injections and the experience itself was like a night and day, not to mention the results. I received only a couple of injections that day and a couple more 2 weeks later. After 4 years of being on medication for intense sciatic pain, within days I was totally off of the drug and haven't been back on it. The series of injections is typically done in 3 but because I was better already he did not even schedule a third.
He also introduced me to a new medication delivered via a patch system (like a nicotine patch) which provides a steady stream of low dose medication for chronic pain. It helped me tremendously!! I need to function at a high level and not feel ""drugged"" and this was the first pharmaceutical that had done that for me. It was such a new (expensive) drug that my insurance did not cover it at all. However, his office called my insurance carrier and in a day it was ready for me to pick up under my co-pay only. They did all of the work to make that happen on my behalf.
I have a very different quality of life now and I believe I have a physician who really cares about helping me. He doesn't just want to push drugs or unnecessary treatments or waste my valuable time. I do know that there are other good doctors out there but for true lifestyle pain management my confidence and experience tell me that Dr. Leone is the best Middle Tennessee has to offer people in need.
Dr. Leone has proven to me, and to others who have watched my change, to be a physician who understands the needs of a professional working individual living with chronic pain.