Hope Stories

When a medical condition impacts the brain or spine, patients and their families naturally experience a wide range of emotions. But along with feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear, hope frequently can coexist. Our patients have taught us that while success is not universal when the brain or spine is affected, it is often within reach. The following "Hope Stories," told with the permission of our patients, present satisfactory solutions to challenging neurological situations.  As you are reading, please remember that every patient is unique. Results of neurological care are not always the same.

Mayfield Spine Athletes

Robert's story

Ruptured disc

Sometimes, even heroes need someone to come to their rescue. That was the case for Robert, a veteran firefighter who for years had battled ruptured spinal discs as well as fires. When 15 years of back pain and ice packs finally gave way to a persistent limp and numbness in one of his toes, he found his way to Mayfield and the office of Michael Kachmann, MD.

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Robert's Story

Dieter's story

trigeminal neuralgia

One might say that Dieter was both unlucky and lucky at the same time. He was unlucky to be stricken suddenly with trigeminal neuralgia, one of the most excruciatingly painful conditions known to humanity. But he was lucky because his primary care physician recognized the condition and referred Dieter immediately to Mayfield Brain & Spine.

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Mayfield Spine Athlete

Most of us don’t give much thought to the spine – an engineering wonder of disk-buffered vertebrae that allows us to twist, bend, and lift. "For most people the spine is an invisible component of their lives – until it goes bad," says William Tobler, MD, a Mayfield neurosurgeon. "But once it goes bad, it’s a lifestyle-changer."

If you are undergoing treatment for a back problem, are facing surgery, or are simply fortunate enough to have a healthy back, now is the perfect time to start thinking like a "spine athlete,"  Dr. Tobler says. "Just as a professional athlete trains constantly, spine athletes benefit by becoming disciplined with regard to their conditioning and healthy living."

Need some inspiration?

Here are the stories of some of our spine athletes.
If you are a current or former Mayfield Spine Athlete yourself, and if you’d like to share your story, please contact us.

Susan's story
Diagnosis: Herniated cervical disc

Brad's story >>
Diagnosis: Herniated lumbar disc

Bob's story
Diagnosis: Degenerative disc disease

read joshua's story
Joshua's story >>
Diagnosis: Chiari I malformation

Merrill's story >>
Diagnosis: Foraminal stenosis

Chris's story >>
Diagnosis: Disc
degeneration & herniation

Laura's story
Diagnosis: Fractured vertebrae

Mary Chris
Mary Chris's story
Diagnosis: Lumbar instability and coronal deformity at L2-3

Gary's story >>
Diagnosis: Herniated discs

Marialice's story
Diagnosis: Herniated lumbar disc