Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back Pain

It's funny, but my sister (in the States) and I were talking one day after I had been here for a while and I told her that I really missed Dr. Kathleen Wisdom (my chiropractor in Kentucky).  Sally said, "That is the FIRST thing that you have said that you have missed!!"  So of course, I felt it necessary to say, "Well, I miss you TOO!!"  I DO miss family and friends, but we stay in contact through Magic Jack, Skype, Facebook and email, so I really only miss hugging everyone.  And maybe going to the casino with my sister.

BUT, I have been going to my chiropractor for the last 19 years and she has been able to keep me relatively pain free during that time.  Pat and I even went to see her the day before we left Kentucky back in April.  So, I knew that low back pain might be one of the things that I might encounter when we moved here.  Well, I went longer than I expected, but eventually severe back pain set in.  I KNEW that I needed an adjustment, but wasn't sure who to see here in Cuenca.  I had been to see one Gringo chiropractor after we had been here for about 6 weeks in early June, but I did not like his techniques.  He was too rough for me.  But I know that not all chiropractors are the same.  So I was not ready to give up.  And I continued trying to do my stretches and exercises to keep me out of trouble.

But about 15 days ago on a Saturday, I totally seized up and could barely move.  It was not pretty.  Even when I had to sneeze, it was excruciating.  So I laid on ice packs off and on for the next two days waiting for Monday to come.  I had read about a new chiropractor on the Gringo Tree (which is an email newsletter that lets us know various information about Cuenca).  So I called him on Monday morning, but his office was not open until Tuesday at noon. So Pat and I  took the bus there and he was able to do alittle bit of an adjustment.  He couldn't do much because I was SO tense.  Then, I went the next day AND the next day.  Each time, he was able to do alittle bit more.  Dr. Gary Leidy is having a promotional special now where he will charge $49.00 for a month and you can go in for as many adjustments as you need during that month.  I don't think he has made any money off of THIS patient.  But he doesn't seem to mind.

I also went to see him 2 more times this last week.  I am definitely better, but I am still not where I need to be.  So, I guess I will go see him again this week.  I knew better than to let my spine get so twisted, but I did not know who to go see.  I think I will be fine from this point on.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Leidy to people who are living or visting Cuenca and find themselves in pain.  He also has a referral program, so please let him know that I recommended that you see him if you decide to go.  His office (Cuenca Chiropractic) is on Doce de Abril close to Parque de Madre and his phone number is  08-4457364. 

Hopefully, it won't take me as long to blog the next time.  Hasta luego!!  Sue


  1. Hope you are feeling better now.
    Wish we were in Cuenca - his treatments sound awesome!

  2. Great to know as I will need one when I arrive !!