Gave Me and My Family Back My Lifestyle

July 10, 2015

I currently work for the Fire Department and my quality of life before my injury was very active. I hiked, biked, fished, went to the gym, golfed, and spent many days with my kids teaching softball, volleyball, and raising animals. I injured my lower back leaving me with severe nerve tension and electric pain down my left leg. I could barely stand, walk, or even sit for a long period. My life was miserable and depression started to kick in. I was consuming over the counter pain relief medications just to get through each day and remained on our couch for several months. My position of comfort was legs lifted on the arm rest of our couch and my back on the seat cushion. Ice packs and heat treatments seemed to make some of the pain go away.

During this miserable experience, I encountered 3 epidurals and probably consumed 2 prescriptions of ibuprophen without any relief. Now you can predict what changes my health was making…. YES, 20 pounds heavier from the steroid injections and not being active at all!

Dr. Chang and his staff at SONORAN SPINE completely gave me and my family back my lifestyle. I had a microdiscectomy L4,L5 with amazing results! The procedure was unbelievable! I was walking the same day and woke up the next morning without any pain. Some soreness from my small ¾ inch incision, but other than that, I was pain free. Skeptical at first, but realized that the daily pain I was in, something had to be done. My recovery was fast and I was recently medically cleared by Dr. Chang to resume my regular lifestyle and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Since the surgery I’ve enjoyed vacation with my family, fished with my father and brother, renewed my gym membership, active in my kids life, and more importantly, my wife has her loving happy husband back! PAIN FREE!!!

Thank you Dr. Chang for making this a great experience for me and my family.


-John Pantoja

Posted in Testimonials, Michael Chang, MD

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