Patients Speak

I was diagnosed with severe colorectal cancer level IV. Four weeks prior to my first visit, I went through an unsuccessful surgery to remove cancer tissue. I then started cancer treatment, which involved chemotherapy and radiation, both given at the same time. The side effects of cancer treatment came with signs of fatigue, lack of appetite and vomiting. In addition, I was still experiencing pain from the surgery, which left me with 52 stitches along the stomach. This impaired my ability to move easily.

This problem prevented me from doing things on my own as well as preventing me from moving around too much. Due to severe fatigue, I needed constant help from my family. I also had drowsiness. The pain forced me to sit in bed with pain levels as severe as 7-10 on a pain scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst.

The problem was being treated with chemotherapy and radiation, both of which were given concurrently at the Harold Lever Cancer Center. Chemotherapy was given through continuous infusion for five days in a row (Monday-Saturday.) Treatment was scheduled to last six weeks.

After acupuncture care, there was immediate improvement after each session. Fatigue from radiation was helped the most after each acupuncture treatment. In addition, acupuncture helped with pain relief on my abdomen, right knee and also eased nausea. In essence, cancer pain and the side effects from cancer treatment were wonderfully helped!

The reason that I came to the Zilahy Wellness Center was that I had been experiencing lower back pain. I had difficulty going from the sitting to standing position. This problem prevented me from sitting for any normal length of time.

Before I saw Dr. Zilahy I was using over the counter medication on a regular basis to relieve my pain. I also received chiropractic care over the years however; I wasn’t faithful with my treatments. Now that I have been consistent at the Zilahy Wellness Center, I take far less medications. In fact, I now take almost NO medications for my back. I am more determined than ever to stick with my chiropractic care.

Age 48

The reason that I came to The Zilahy Wellness Center was that I was severely depressed. I hated taking medications and was looking for a better way to help myself. To make matters worse, work was becoming a source of great frustration to me because I felt as though I had no memory at all. This resulted in a serious lack of self-confidence. I actually perceived myself as stupid. I eventually became a push over because I lost all faith in my self. I didn’t even trust my own judgement.

Feeling like this caused me to stop enjoying life altogether. I truly didn’t enjoy anything. I was smiling on the outside but my heart was breaking on the inside. I missed myself!

Before I saw Dr. Zilahy, I tried two or three different anti-depressants. I also tried exercise and dieting. I did find exercise to be successful when I was consistent, but its effects weren’t long lasting. Even nutritional supplements weren’t giving me the results I longed for.

When I started acupuncture treatments with Dr. Zilahy, I felt MUCH better. I felt more like myself. It was fantastic! Now I can say that life is again enjoyable. Now, I smile on the inside and the outside. I’m taking control of my life again. I’m back in school pursuing a MBA. Acupuncture has literally been a life saver to me.

T E Age 41
C: 61 Year Old Female

The reason that I came to the Zilahy Wellness Center was that I was experiencing severe headaches daily. These headaches were causing me such intense pain that I was forced to take far too much pain medication. The worst thing was that even though I was taking all this medication is simply was not providing the relief I needed. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, my severe headaches became migraine headaches. These headaches caused me to be completely nonfunctional for as long as 8 to 12 hours at a time.

Before seeing Dr. Zilahy, I tried many different types of treatments in hopes of enjoying some relief from the constant pain. I also saw my medical doctor. Unfortunately, nothing brought me the relief I was so desperately in need of. After I started care with Dr. Zilahy, my severe headaches became less frequent. After a couple of months I was able to slowly decrease two different medications that I was taking for a very long time until I was able to be completely medication free. I now feel so much better and I choose to maintain my benefits by receiving a treatment once a month.

The reason that I came to the Zilahy Wellness Center was that I was completely unable to bend or even drive my car. I was in the hospital due to the fact that I was going to have surgery for the second time. My daughter suggested that I go to see Dr. Zilahy before considering having surgery. Dr. Zilahy spoke to me on the phone and told me something that I will never forget. He said, there is a 95% chance that I can significantly help you. I’m so pleased to say that I did NOT have the surgery.

Before seeing Dr. Zilahy, I was in a great deal of pain. I did the only thing I knew to do, which was take Tylenol everyday. This proved to be an exercise in utter frustration. Very shortly after seeing Dr. Zilahy, everything in my life seemed much improved. I was able to do housework, dance and frankly be as active as I wanted to be. I was able to be in charge of my own life!

Florence L Age 84

Before I saw Dr. Zilahy, I was unable to sit, stand, bend or work normally. I was taking the usual over the counter drugs; however, they simply were not helping.

Originally I came to the Zilahy Wellness Center for my carpal tunnel problem. However, one morning I awoke with severe lower back pain. I had great difficulty getting out of bed and walking. I immediately called Dr. Zilahy’s office and the doctor saw me that morning. I couldn’t believe it, but even before I left the office that day, I felt relief!

Shortly after I began chiropractic care, I experienced AMAZING results. I am delighted to report that now I am able to enjoy daily walks without any discomfort. I can also perform regular household duties both inside and outside.

Mary D Age 72

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Dear Dr. Zilahy,

I am so happy with the results of my treatment that I wanted to thank you and put my story in writing so that you can share it with the members of your staff. Please feel free to share this information or use it in your practice as you see fit.

I was suffering with bursitis of my right hip for more than four years. I had consulted with medical practitioners to gain relief from my constant pain, but with limited results. Early on, I sought out the help of a Chiropractor that I knew and trusted. I had suspected sciatica problems. He ordered x-rays, which were unremarkable. And said that my bones and spine looked fine. He recommended that I increase my intake of B-Vitamins to help with inflammation and gave me some exercises to do. The exercises helped somewhat, and at least gave me more mobility as they help to relieve some of the stiffness I had in my pelvic area.

Still time passed with no relief, so I made an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon.

He was helpful in that he gave me a diagnosis for my problem. He said that I had bursitis of my right hip. Trochanter Bursitis, to be exact. He explained that it was an inflammation of the bursa sacks that surround my hip joint and that it is quite common with very active people. He recommended cortisone shots and said they might cure it, they might just relieve it temporarily, or they might have no effect at all. Well I decided to try the shot, and it worked beautifully. I danced out of the office, 5 minutes after administration of the medication. It was the first pain relief I had had in more than 18 months. For six weeks I was in heaven, but the pain eventually returned and at the same chronic levels. Eventually I did ask for another shot, but my research taught me that that I was not going to be able to continue with these shots. They are not safe or healthy.

I did a lot of research on trochanter bursitis and the prognosis was not good. Most people just live with it. Internally, I never accepted this as inevitable. I always believed that there was an answer out there. Of course I was looking for a natural approach, as OTC analgesics, and even prescription pain medication was not an option for me.

Still later, I consulted with a Naturopathic Physician and Clinical Nutritionists. He recommended some strong herbal remedies. And many of them were helpful, but the results were always temporary. Some days were better than others, but there were still bad days.

In the Fall of 2004, I attended a seminar at which you were a guest speaker. I was impressed with your presentation that discussed the successful application of acupuncture for musculo-skeletal pain. You were nice enough to offer a free treatment to our group. I left with a certificate for my free treatment and called that week to make an appointment.

You were very kind and concerned at my first visit, but did not make any promises. You explained to me how acupuncture worked and that it was my body that would to the healing. You were hopeful that I would get the results I desired. I did feel less pain immediately after the first treatment, my hip mostly felt sore and weak, but less pain. I thought this was encouraging and agreed to more treatments. I am so glad that I did. After the fourth treatment I had actually had a couple of days with no pain at all. The first time in many many months. Soon after the eighth treatment, my pain was greatly diminished and my energy levels had greatly increased. I had energy left over at the end of the day and was starting to tackle some repair projects at home. After the 12 treatment we had a re-evaluation, and I can happily say that I feel my pain has decreased overall by 60%. And some days I have no pain at all.

I appreciate all of the information that you gave me on acupuncture and how it works with my body to heal itself. I understand that I still need a few more treatments to bring about a complete resolution of my problem. Because I suffered with this problem for so long, it will take time to bring about a complete recovery. I plan to continue my treatments, and incorporate the diet, supplements, and exercises that you recommended. I am confident that my bursitis will be cured with the path that I am taking. The one that you recommended. Thanks so much for all your help.

Michele L.