Dear Dr. Mike:

I just wanted to give you a BIG thank you for everything you've done for me! I'm so glad that I finally made that initial appointment to see you after much encouragement from my wise brother and even wiser sister-in-law. I had been suffering for over 10 years with a diagnosis of chronic mixed connective tissue disease…….rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, bursitis, osteoarthritis, etc., which became worse in recent months. At the age of 43, I began seeing my third rheumatologist who wanted me try his cocktail of medications that had worked for "his other patients." Well, they did not work for me, I noticed after several medication and dosage combinations. Unfortunately, I suffered with the awful side effects. I finally became fed up with all of the medication and side effects, some of which were worse than my illness. In September 2008, I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Mike after being worn down by my brother's constant advice. I thought, "What do I have to lose?" Dr. Mike uncovered the source of my chronic pain with a set of x-rays that no other doctor has ever bothered to take.

I work with numbers, and feel better when there are numbers and science to back up a claim. I take blood tests regularly to monitor my illness and my response to certain harmful medications. Two weeks after I started my appointments with Dr. Mike, I had blood tests taken. I saw my rheumatologist later for the results, and he said my results for inflammatory response went from an out-of-control 55 down to 25. He said to remain on the same dosage of med's that I was on. He was very pleased with the results, and wanted me to return in January. I continued my appointments with Dr. Mike, and took more blood tests prior to my appointment in January 2009. The January results showed that my inflammatory response went from the last reading of 25 down to 9…………in the normal range my rheumatologist said. He said he had never seen any of my numbers look that good, and he had never seen me look that good! I felt great! Friends at work were noticing the difference in how I moved around……….pain-free! My family noticed! Friends that ride the bus with me noticed! I noticed! Everyone asked if I was taking a new medication, or if my medication was working. That's when I told them about my appointments with Dr. Mike.

Thanks to Dr. Mike! It is definitely not the medication. I am actually taking a lot less and no terrible side effects. I am able to do the things that I enjoy without modifying my lifestyle. I feel like I have my life back, and I can enjoy being active again!

Thank you SO much Dr. Mike, and my family thanks you, too!!

Dana W.