Words cannot completely describe the admiration, respect and most of all, how grateful I am to Dr. Cyr.
My back and radiating leg pain began in my late 20's after giving birth to my first child. I believed that the pain was normal and ignored it. Life continued and 2 years later, I gave birth to my second child. The pain increased and many days were spent in agony but I refused to admit that there was something wrong always having an excuse for the pain. Finally one day in April last year, after having daily leg pain and numbness and excruciating pain, I woke up and was unable to move my right leg and my back curved and life as I knew it changed.
I went to another Spine surgeon and he stated I had no sciatica, mild back pain, and "a normal spine of a 34 year old" even though my MRI showed disc herniations, bulges, tears, instability etc.
I went through 3 sessions of Epidural Steroid Injections and 3 times a week physical therapy for 2 months. I was worsening to the point where I couldn't walk or sit and my days were spent in tears from the pain with self-doubt that maybe what I felt was just mental.
After all the non-surgical treatments, that doctor bluntly said to me, "it's interesting you still have pain." and prescribed more pain medication and sent me out for a nerve conductor study and EMG.
In tears feeling so offended, I called a friend who is a RN. She highly recommended Dr. Cyr and personally took it upon herself to set an appointment for me because I was unable to compose myself.
My initial appointment was with Ms. Ross and immediately after seeing my MRI, she asked me if I was available to wait to see Dr. Cyr the same day. Of course that was not a problem. Between patients, he made time to see me.
The minute he walked in, he greeting me in the most genuine manner with true compassion. He immediately began explaining what he saw on the MRI and how severe my lumbar spine was. I began describing my symptoms and mentioned the treatments I had plus what the previous doctor had said. Extremely professional he reassured me that it was not the case of my spine being one of a "normal 34 year old." That instant, I wept. For once I didnt feel like I was "crazy". The whole time, his compassion unwavered.
After a discogram, he concurred that I would be requiring an extensive lumbar surgery. He assured me that I would find relief and regain my quality of life. I was fortunate to have my first and only spinal surgery to be performed by Dr. Cyr.
I underwent a PLAF/ALIF from the L2-S1, a multi-fusion that most doctors could not successfully undertake.
Eleven months after this surgery, I have regained the life that I thought I never would see again. I may have made some physical changes to adapt to the restrictions the surgery brought upon, but that alone does not stop me from being able to enjoy my life as a parent and as a person. My pain is controllable and it is one that I can live with now. I am soon returning back to my employment that was generous in giving me an extended leave of absence. None of this would have been possible with the skill and knowledge that came from none other than Dr. Cyr.
Anyone who asks me about my surgery, and ask because of their back pain, I refer to Dr. Cyr. As a doctor, his compassion and faith is rare, and most of all his ability to "fix" the spine is truly a gift from the Lord. My admiration is unwavering and most of all I am forever grateful to Dr. Cyr for giving me my quality of life back and allowing me to be a "normal" 35 year old.
If anyone has doubts about the treatment plan that he recommends, please be patient and have faith that he has your best interest in heart and will make sure that you are given the best treatment you can possibly receive.