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Alliance Gives Patient Needed Relief to Help Care for Her Family

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and more fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Kimberly’s journey with pain management at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers with Dr. Pallavi Gupta.

What brought you to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Dr. Gupta has really changed my life! Before seeing Dr. Gupta, I had been dealing with constant pain for over 10 years after a 4-wheeler wreck that resulted in multiple broken bones, some within my spinal column. I had been through years of medications, procedures, and even surgery without successful outcomes and with continued pain.

This accident changed both professional and personal aspects of my life. I work as an orthodontic assistant, which can be demanding on the body. I have a child with special needs who requires more personal attention on a daily basis, and I assist in caring for my mother. Also, my husband travels with his job, which results in me having to manage the home and my children’s needs without hesitation. With all of these responsibilities, being down for an extended period is not an option for me.

I felt extremely discouraged before I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Gupta. I felt nothing was helping me, and I desired to be on the lowest amount of medication needed for pain control. Managing my pain seemed impossible after years of being in pain. I am so glad I decided to see Dr. Gupta as she gave me hope. I could tell she really wanted to help me, and she exceeded my expectations!

Tell us about the Alliance physician you worked with.

Dr. Gupta at Alliance is the first doctor that truly helped me with my pain! She changed my quality of life for the better after years of suffering. She is very caring and listens to what I have to say. She was able to offer me a spinal cord stimulator, which reduced my pain greatly. I am so thankful that Dr. Gupta gave me my life back!  

What lesson do you want those reading your story to learn?

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Finding the right pain management care seemed impossible. However, I could not live in fear of how the pain controlled my life. I had to find someone to help me, and I am so happy I found Dr. Gupta at Alliance! Dr. Gupta has given my children back their mother, my husband back his wife, and my mother back her daughter.

How are you doing now?

I am back at work and able to keep up with my duties at home as well. I recently was able to take a trip to Disney with my 21-year-old son! I drove the entire way, which would have never been possible prior to my spinal cord stimulator. We went to several different parks during our stay. I was sincerely able to enjoy this trip more than I ever dreamed I could!

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

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Alliance Provides Relief For 40+ Years of Pain

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and more fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn how physician and patient teamwork helped Gail find true pain relief under the care of Alliance’s Dr. Pallavi Gupta.  

Tell us about the Alliance physician you worked with.

I love Dr. Gupta! She listens to me, and I absolutely admire that about her. Dr. Gupta doesn’t dismiss any of my concerns. She is very thorough which is hard to find in a healthcare provider. I couldn’t imagine being as “lucky” again in finding a practitioner of her quality, dedication, and character. I trust Dr. Gupta with my life and don’t know what I would do without her.

What brought you to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Prior to seeing Dr. Gupta, I had been suffering with chronic pain for more than 40 years. I saw multiple doctors and had many procedures without relief. I used to hurt all the time. Desperate to get some relief, I came to Alliance’s Dallas location and began my treatment with Dr. Gupta. She is the only physician that has given me pain relief! True relief!

I am thankful to have found Dr. Gupta, a true blessing in my life. We work great together as a team because she is as invested as I am in managing my pain. 

Tell us your experience with Alliance with the issues you need to be resolved?

Treatment with Dr. Gupta and the Alliance team in Dallas has changed my life! Dr. Gupta and the staff make me feel so comfortable in the clinic and create a relaxing environment during my spine procedures for my neck and low back pain.

Dr. Gupta uses a multidisciplinary approach in managing my pain symptoms, including injections, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and massage therapy. I really appreciate the fact that she welcomes outside care if she feels it will benefit the patient

How was your experience with Alliance?

The staff at the Dallas office are very friendly and put me at ease. Each person seems to truly care about me and my care. Prior to coming to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, my experience at other pain management facilities was very unpleasant and impersonal. At Alliance, I find the atmosphere very warm and inviting, and I feel Dr. Gupta plays a big role in this.

What lesson do you want those reading your story to learn?

Don’t give up on finding pain relief with the right provider for you. I went through many physicians before finding Dr. Gupta who was the one to finally give me true pain relief. 

How are you doing now?

Now, life is good! I am in my 70s and enjoying it more than ever! Dr. Gupta has given me a quality of life that I didn’t have prior to seeing her.

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

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Alliance Helps Patient Feel Happier and More Energetic

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Rachel’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What brought you to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I have been suffering from severe neuromuscular pain syndrome with spasms since the age of 17. Unfortunately, the pain only became more intense as I got older. 

What issues did you need to be resolved? How were they addressed?

For over a year and a half, I was in and out of the hospital seeking relief for my pain. Then, I was referred to Dr. Omar Hajmurad at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. He sat down with me and discussed different treatment options. After having limited success with medication and procedure management, Dr. Hajmurad suggested a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial to help with my bilateral low back and leg pain, which was averaging 8.5-9/10 on the pain scale.

This trial helped relieve my pain and improve my quality of life so much that I elected to move forward with the SCS implant. My pain is currently a 4/10 on the pain scale and has not been this low in years.     

Tell us about the Alliance physician you worked with.

From the very first day, Dr. Hajmurad was open and honest about my treatment plan. I felt that he always on my side as we figured out a solution. 

What lesson do you want those reading your story to learn?

At first, I was really nervous about the SCS trial. However, I am so grateful that I decided to move forward with it. It significantly reduced the amount of pain I felt and improved my quality of life.

How are you doing now?

Not only has the spinal cord stimulator helped relieve my pain by 50%, it has also allowed me to sleep better too, which gives me more energy when I wake up and puts me in a better mood. Overall, l just feel happier! 

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

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Alliance Patient’s Quality of Life Improves Drastically

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Ramona’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I started seeing Dr. Pallavi Gupta back in 2017 for chronic lower back pain. After I discussed my issues, Dr. Gupta knew I needed a left and right Lumbar RFA treatment, a minimally invasive procedure. She treated me at the Dallas office and I could return home the same day. My pain symptoms have improved drastically.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE?

Because Dr. Gupta assessed my needs on a personal basis, the treatment is helping me have a quality of life. She’s always upfront and honest with me. I love how confident Dr. Gupta is in her work, and it shows in how she works with me! 

Dr. Gupta is also thorough, knowledgeable, and informative, which is comforting and encouraging. Whenever I’ve needed her, she always follows up the same day. All of these characteristics are hard to find in a provider, but Dr. Gupta has them all! 

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

Cynthia, a patient of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers

Patient Gets Back to Spending Time With Her Grandchildren

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Cynthia’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I knew I needed help because I reached a point with my pain where it was too hard to walk, do household chores, and play outdoors with my grandkids. When I came to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, Dr. Rhee W. Miller, suggested a spinal cord stimulator for my neck and upper back pain. I received it, and now I’m feeling much better!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE?

The Conyers and Covington staff is like family. I LOVE Dr. Miller, and I would follow her anywhere she goes.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I’m doing very well! My pain has been reduced to about 85-90%! Most importantly, I’m able to play with my grandkids again. I even rafted down the Chattahoochee river for my granddaughter’s 7th birthday this summer!

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

Patient Mickey with Dr. S. Christopher Cable,

Patient Feels Like Superman After Treatment from Alliance

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Mickey’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I’ve been visiting Dr. S. Christopher Cable, MD for lower back pain for the past two years! When I first came to his office, Dr. Cable suggested lumbar RF ablations, which worked. I’ve been extremely happy with my level of relief and how long it’s lasted! For just one treatment, I’ve had 18 months of 100% relief. I can go back to doing everything I love. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE? 

Dr. Cable is AWESOME!  I used to feel like an “old man” before my treatment, but Dr. Cable makes me feel like Superman when I get off the table. He’s so great at what he does.

The Woodstock staff is awesome too – from Check-in to the OR.  They make you feel good and are so nice. To help me feel comfortable before a procedure, the Alliance team takes the time to describe it to me in detail. They give me options and make sure I have a full understanding of all of them, which I really appreciate.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I’m back to normal now with my daily routine and doing the things I love to do.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF

I’m a retired Marine! 

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

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Alliance Fixes Years of Injuries For Patient

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about JaneEllen Varner’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I’ve always been a very active, energetic, and outgoing person. I enjoyed riding horses and running. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm has brought on a lot of pain over the years, which included developing scoliosis, being thrown off horses, and damage to my pituitary gland from a head injury. Needless to say, I hurt all over all the time.

When I went to a different clinic, I was given a combination of drugs to relieve everyday pain.  However, my primary care physician suggested seeking pain relief from an interventional pain management clinic to stay off narcotics, which brought me to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers!

I am very thankful I had found Alliance because I ruptured a disc throwing fertilizer in the garden shortly after I started my care there. Dr. Pallavi Gupta, MD treated me with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) six months ago, and I haven’t had any more pain. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE? 

I met Dr. Gupta for the first time when I was there for my procedure and immediately loved her. She’s really, really good. I was so nervous, but Dr. Gupta was smiling down at me and that reassured me I was in good hands.

As a former high school teacher in the area, many of the Alliance staff at the center were my students, which is so precious to me. Everyone is so sweet and gets along. They treat all patients with kindness and create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

You can’t lay down and quit. Take the time to educate yourself if you feel unknowledgeable about your pain care treatment and follow your healthcare provider’s advice to lose weight if needed. You have to keep living.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I now have very little pain! When weather changes and fronts come through, I might have some trouble with my knees. However, if it wasn’t for the RFAs, I wouldn’t be up and going!

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF

I’m a retired high school teacher living in Powder Springs. I married my high school sweetheart and we have three children and four grandchildren. Until this year, I have homeschooled one of my handicapped grandchildren.

My hobbies include knitting, playing piano, and embroidering. They used to include breaking and training horses too. I have a farm with a pony, donkeys, goats, and chickens. In the last several years, I went through training to be a dialysis tech to take care of my husband. Now I manage my husband’s dialysis treatment many hours a week.

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

 

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Alliance Helps Patient Feel Like Herself Again

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about 74-year-old Andrea McGriff’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Over 20 years ago, I took a hard fall and it caused a ruptured disc. After it happened, I began to experience a series of unrelated, but painful issues including breaking my back twice, suffering from arthritis, and having additional falls.

The pain took over my life and made me miserable. I couldn’t stand or sit. I received injections, had two neck fusions, and tried several other treatments. Unfortunately, nothing worked for long.

After taking oral medications for my chronic pain, I got a Medtronic pain pump implant (intrathecal pain pump implant) at Alliance. The implant delivers pain medication directly to the cerebrospinal fluid, which reduces the side effects from oral opioids such as nausea, constipation, and drowsiness.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physicians You Worked With

Dr. “Nok” Keomahathai is a good doctor and makes me feel comfortable. I like his manner and trust him. You can’t say that about everyone. When I was about to give up, he saved my life.

I have been a patient of Dr. Nok’s for many years and continued to see him when he moved from his previous practice to Alliance. I also followed him from Alliance’s Dallas location to Alliance’s Cartersville location, when he re-integrated Cartersville in his practice.

What Lesson Do You Want Those Reading Your Story to Learn?

Don’t give up on seeking pain relief. A variety of treatment options are available for chronic pain. You have to work with your doctor on finding the right treatment or combination of treatments that alleviate your pain. Help is out there!

How Are You Doing Now?

Prior to the Medtronic pain pump implant, my pain ranged from a 6–10 out of 10 on the pain scale. Now, I can tell the pump is working because I feel like myself again. I am sleeping well and doing many of the things I used to be able to do before.

My treatment no longer involves taking any oral pain medications, which makes me so happy! I feel more energetic and less foggy-headed since I stopped taking them. Friends and family say my personality is back to normal again.

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother with two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. I love music and used to be both a church pianist and soloist.

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.

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Vietnam Veteran Finds Relief From Constant Pain Thanks to Alliance

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Fred Riddell’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

Despite many incidents of back pain throughout my life, I always recovered or was able to “work through it.” I started experiencing pain in my early days of playing football as a youth and it continued with nerve damage from injuries suffered in Vietnam while serving in the military.

I did not let back pain deter me and was still doing all the physical activity I had always done until the age of 65. Then, the pain became unbearable. A hip replacement relieved pain in my right side, but I still had back pain that radiated to my legs. Gabapentin and physical therapy kept that pain under control for several years. However, the pain intensified and I was referred to Dr. Jordan Tate at Alliance in February 2019.

Immediately, Dr. Tate treated me with epidurals and ablations, which provided temporary relief.  When they didn’t provide lasting relief, Dr. Tate recommended a Spinal Cord Stimulator trial with the Nevro HF10 in October 2019, followed by an implant two months later. That procedure made me feel normal again!

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH

I clicked with Dr. Tate right away. She’s wonderful and deserves all the accolades. Not only does she really care, Dr. Tate provides state-of-the-art care.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

The Alliance team is optimistic and shows great appreciation for the patient. Alliance nurse practitioner, Emily Cummins guided me through the process incredibly. I also appreciated the session with Dr. Andrea Elkon, Alliance’s psychologist who made sure I was qualified for the procedure.

Everyone at Alliance treats my wife and me wonderfully. I have zero negative things to say about the practice. 

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

If you are open in your communications about the pain you’re experiencing, you will get great results from this team. 

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

After the Spinal Cord Stimulator trial with the Nevro HF10, I got immediate relief that has continued to this day. This status surpassed my goal of at least 50% relief. I’ve also been able to stop wearing the back brace that was my constant companion for two years before it.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am happily married with three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Since I no longer have pain, I’ve taken up golf again. I also volunteer weekly at the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or click here to schedule an appointment.

 

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Alliance Stops Years Worth of Pain

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Philip’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

After my retirement, I moved to the Atlanta area from Virginia and began to have back issues due to arthritis a few years later. I was recommended to Alliance Spine and Pain where I tried epidurals followed by ablations. With both treatments, I immediately felt relief, but the pain eventually returned.

Dr. Nok Keomahathai recommended a Spinal Cord Stimulator implant. Originally, I was resistant to it, but my wife reminded me of the inconvenience of some of my past pain. I knew I wanted to be productive and continue to do the things I love, which made me willing to give this treatment a try.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH

Dr. Nok definitely knows what he’s doing! He has good ideas.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

From the anesthesiologist to the assistants, everyone is phenomenal! They show an incredible level of professionalism and hard work in the way they handle us as patients. The nurses, Philip and Ashley, are so involved and thoroughly research your personal case. Mary at the front desk is great too. I can’t say enough about the staff in Cartersville. They are absolutely wonderful!

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

Don’t be afraid to look for opportunities. Try new things to improve your health so you can live a better life.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I have resumed much of my normal lifestyle. I chop wood and spend time outside. I’ve even been able to paint the exterior of my entire house, along with other significant building and home improvement projects. I can now play golf again after stopping about a year ago because of the pain.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a retired Marine Corp and married with two daughters. I have a granddaughter that keeps me busy. We moved to Cartersville so we could be closer to our family and enjoy living in the “country” on a small, private lake.

I’ve always been extremely active! I love construction projects and riding my motorcycle. Golf is my passion, but I also do Origami!

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or click here to schedule an appointment.