Living out in the country, where Reggie takes care of his property and raises chickens and other farm animals, he realized his pain was becoming a problem. It was difficult to perform his daily chores, and in time, even getting up and caring for himself became painful. Walking any distance was a challenge, because the pain in his legs was so intense. Out of necessity, he traded some equipment for a golf cart so he could get around the property to care for the animals. At night, it was impossible to lie flat in his bed comfortably. Instead, he settled for a recliner where he could sleep short periods of time with less pain.
Reggie’s wife, Anita, urged him to see a pain management specialist, and they set up an appointment with Dr. Rand Metoyer at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Pain Institute. Dr. Metoyer ordered a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Reggie’s back and legs and determined that he could help him.
To manage Reggie’s leg pain, Dr. Metoyer gave him an injection in his lumbar spine. By that evening, he was already feeling somewhat better. The next day, Reggie sent his wife a text at work explaining that he could see a huge improvement. Reggie is back to his old routine of caring for his home and property. He can even drive over to attend area chicken sales. In the evening, after a full day of work on his land, he can stand and cook dinner for his wife – something he could never have done a few months ago.
Reggie is grateful to the Pain Institute team for helping him enjoy life again without pain. And he is thankful to Anita for nudging him to make an appointment to get the care he needed.