Patricia’s journey in care started in 2013 when she initially saw IBJI’s Dr. Gary Shapiro, Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Spine, for her back pain.
At that time, Patricia did not continue care with Dr. Shapiro, but rather decided to begin care at a pain clinic. Here, Patricia says she was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis and sciatica. Patricia had surgery at another institution and was receiving pain injections. After her surgery, Patricia was still experiencing back pain.
In June of 2020, Patricia’s pain increased to the point that she knew she needed to see a doctor. Dissatisfied with her previous care, she decided to return to IBJI.
“I said to my husband that I was going to call IBJI for a referral. They gave me a list of two doctors, one being Dr. Shapiro. I had recognized his name from my first appointment with him years ago so I called and set up an appointment with him. I spoke to his Administrative Assistant, Rainie Nelson, she is so thorough, efficient, and easy to talk to. I felt like I found my home at IBJI. Rainie was wonderful and Dr. Shapiro couldn’t have been nicer when I explained my history and why I returned to him.”
Patricia saw Dr. Shapiro on June 9, 2020 at IBJI’s Glenview doctors’ office. Dr. Shapiro said “When Patricia came in to see me, her sciatica was causing a lot of back pain and pain in her left leg. She explained to me that since I last saw her, she had surgery and was trying different pain medications but it was not getting better. I took a look at her xrays and saw a lot of degenerative changes. Based on those degenerative findings and her complaints, I prescribed a Medrol Dospak, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. We then saw her the following week and administered an epidural steroid injection.”
Patricia could instantly tell that the experience was much different at IBJI compared to the pain clinic. “When I was going to the pain clinic it was different. I’ve had injections before but even the pain clinic doctor didn’t do what Dr. Shapiro did. I could tell that Dr. Shapiro just knew what he was doing. At the pain clinic, they sedated me because the injection hurt but Dr. Shapiro made it so easy. I felt so comfortable during the injection, I was not frightened at all. When I’ve had injections in the past I was afraid but Dr. Shapiro did such a good job. He’s a wonderful doctor. I found a home [at IBJI], for as long as I’m alive, that’s where I’m going.”
Rainie also helped Patricia set up an appointment to see IBJI’s Dr. Kellie Gates, an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Physician, to further her pain management treatment.
“I’m so delighted to be with IBJI, it’s the best decision of my life. They’re so professional and I feel like I’m in good hands. I want to brag about Dr. Shapiro and Rainie. IBJI is marvelous and so professional, and the bedside manner was fabulous,” said Patricia.
After her injection on June 17, Patricia said she is hopeful she will get better. If she has more symptoms in the future, Dr. Shapiro informed Patricia that they can consider other options.
Patricia is beyond thankful for her experience at IBJI and is looking forward to her upcoming visit with Dr. Gates on June 25th. “I loved my experience and would recommend Dr. Shapiro to everyone,” exclaimed Patricia.
Gary Shapiro, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spine problems in adults and children.