My high school basketball team was an elite team, playing all but two weeks out of the year. Throughout my time playing, I suffered many head injuries, concussions, and broken bones. In 2018, I was going up for a layup, was hit from both sides, and my feet came out from under me. I landed on my neck and head, causing me to blackout.
I came to about a minute later, but the coach kept me in the game because he couldn’t afford to lose me against a big opponent. My mother told me I was running down the court crooked, but I never received any testing to find out if I had suffered a concussion.
In the summer of 2019, I herniated two disks in my lower back while playing basketball. I visited a chiropractor who believed I had popped my back out of place, so he had me cross one leg over my body and adjusted me, but this only made my pain worse. Two weeks later, I injured my back again. However, I continued to play the rest of the summer.
During my two weeks off, I visited numerous doctors and physical therapists who tried a number of treatments, one of which resulted in me losing all feeling in my right leg from the hip down. Soon after, I noticed my right arm lost all strength. I also developed drop foot, lost the strength in the right side of my body, and was suffering from abdominal pain. With every test the doctors ran coming back negative, things continued to decline as I was seeing black spots in my vision and felt like I was going blind in my right eye.
By this point, I was also dealing with depression, migraines, illness, and fatigue that left me wanting to sleep 24/7. I had to give up my full-ride scholarship to play Division I basketball and because I continued to have brain fog, migraines, high blood pressure, and more, I had to go back home and complete my Spring semester online.
In November of 2019, I did the blood panel for Lymes Disease at Dr. Minkoff’s office, which came back showing I had 5 different strands of the disease and mold toxins, which we believe come from my college dorm. I decided to fly to Florida to begin the six-week protocol for ozone at Lifeworks and by the end of the protocol, I was feeling the same even through all that remained were two more Lyme bugs. At this point, Dr. Minkoff recommended I go see Dr. Hunt at Mayer Chiropractic.
At my initial visit with Dr. Hunt in February, I could barely raise my leg off the table more than a foot without getting shaky. By June, my leg had full range of motion and my arm strength had returned to 90%. As of today, I am Lymes free and I feel like a completely new person. My depression has subsided, my strength has returned, and the headaches are not as bad nor as frequent.
However, the feeling in my leg and arm has yet to return. Throughout my diagnosis, I saw about 15-20 different doctors, chiropractors, and therapists and tried all kinds of different regimens, but nothing seemed to work until I began treatment with Dr. Minkoff and Dr. Hunt.