R. Livingstone – Pain Management

Testimonial for Dr. Raj Sureja

Osteoarthritis and pain – 2 simple words that cause serious bodily damage. Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint and pain is the sensory and emotional response to that inflammation.

When I was 27 years old, I experienced my first really bad backache due to a disc problem. Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and a couple days of rest – I was feeling so much better.

The years pass – I now have 7 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. I’m presently 75 and some days it feels like all my joints are inflamed. It’s difficult to keep up with my family/to do housework and yes, it’s even hard to stand up straight. I need help! I made an appointment with Dr. Sureja. He took x-rays and said that I have spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, cervicalagia and other things I cannot pronounce or spell.

Dr. Sureja is very patient and knowledgeable. He listens intently to my list of complaints. He prescribes medicines/injections/treatments to help my pain. I don’t respond as quickly as I did when I was 27. With some of the pills/capsules, I’ve had strange side effects. The doctor would discontinue and prescribe another one. All this has been challenging for me and the doctor.

My pain is controlled at present and I am able to enjoy my family and even do a bit of yardwork. As I kneel tending my plants, I give thanks for Dr. Sureja – for his brilliant mind and caring personality.