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You have given me my life back!

My first appointment with Dr. Selene Parekh was in December 2010.  Needless to say after having been seen by four other doctors I was skeptical about the appointment.  I had pain in the joint of the second toe on my right foot.  I had had numerous x-rays,an MRI and  a bone scan, but no explanation for my pain.  Every doctor before Dr. Parekh had told me the same thing: “We’re not really sure where the pain is coming from.”  I started to feel like the doctors probably didn’t even believe me…  I had walked for a year and a half with the pain being a full 10 when I walked.  I had been an avid walker/jogger, which of course I could no longer do and I could hardly perform daily tasks.  Playing with my daughter had also become very limited, which was the hardest “pill to swallow”.  I felt like I was a 36 year old woman that had been put into an eighty year olds body.

Dr. Parekh did x-rays, blood work and watched the MRI, but I could tell from the way he talked at my very first visit that he already knew what was wrong with me.  He waited until my blood work came back and he proceeded to tell me that my toe joint was cracked and because I had walked on it broken for so long there wasn’t any cartilage left in the joint.  So, from there he started me on a “cocktail” of medicines and vitamins, a pneumatic walker and an electrical bone growth stimulator.  I have to say I was very skeptical, but I did everything he told me to do.  I wore the “boot” for 4 months and took the medicine he had prescribed just like he instructed.  I saw how very important it was to follow his instructions exactly.

I was just released by Dr. Parekh in June 2011.  My pain has gone from a 10 to about a 1-2, which I see improving everyday. I will continue to get better, but it just takes time.   I can walk, jog, play tennis and do whatever I want now.  Thank you so much Dr. Parekh!  You have given me my life back!

With much gratitude,
Carla Lusk Bethel

Locations

  • N.C. Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Durham Regional Hospital
  • Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Duke Hospital North
  • Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center

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