Angie Bussler, a 51-year-old office assistant from Omak, Washington, was experiencing severe back pain.
Angie’s back pain was so serious that she was virtually incapacitated. “I couldn’t put my pants on. I couldn’t get in the bathtub by myself. I needed help getting out of the bathtub. I couldn’t bend over anymore. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sit.”
Angie’s pain actually started much earlier, when she was in her 30’s. Angie was doing a lot of hard, manual labor – packing apples on hard concrete floors and lifting and loading animals onto trucks. Riding horses and getting bucked off a lot also did her back no favors.
Just sitting down “took everything she had” and her pain could be relieved only by sitting in her recliner.
Angie sought treatment from doctors who only used injectable painkillers for her pain. All the doctors she consulted with could only offer the same thing: shots to ease the pain while offering no real long term plan to address the underlying source of her suffering.
Knowing something better must be done, Angie grew tired of shots, wanting to get her life back. This was when she found Spine Institute Northwest online.
“I was down to bone on bone by the time I got to Dr. Kamson,” she recalls. “I had shooting pain like needles and knives in my back.” Doctor Kamson said, “We can repair that.”
Commenting on how Dr. Kamson works, Angie says, “Dr. Kamson is all about his patients. He does the MRI’s, he does the x-rays, he wants to check on patients.” Doctor Kamson showed Angie the MRI and explained what exactly was wrong with her, what options were available to her, and how her situation could be bettered.
“I was down to bone on bone by the time she got to Dr. Kamson,” she recalls. “I had shooting pain like needles and knives in my back.” Doctor Kamson said, “We can repair that.”
“Oh my God “This is my doctor!”, Angie thought after hearing the doctor’s assessment of her condition.
Angie starting to feel “pretty good” right after getting the surgery. She was also pleasantly surprised by Doctor Kamson’s bedside manner, particularly the way he follows up with patients. “I don’t see any other doctor who call on their patients wanting to know how they are feeling.”
“My pain level was off the chart. Horrible, horrible. Now I am down to a 1 and a 2.”
Angie tells everyone to go check doctor Kamson out and get his second opinion about their own pain. “Don’t just take your doctor’s advice if you feel that it is not helping you any.”
“Got out and get a second opinion.”
“Go see Dr. Kamson. He will get it done.”