My Two Year Medical Journey

John Chicoine is a retired chiropractor from Parker, SD. He recently ended a two year journey to determine the cause of very severe back pain. His journey ended at Sanford USD Medical Center with a great outcome.

John Chicoine
John Chicoine from Parker, SD

Dear Sanford,
My name is John Chicoine from Parker, SD. I am a retired chiropractor who has practiced in Parker for 39 years. I recently ended a two year journey to determine the cause of very severe back pain. My journey ended at Sanford USD Medical Center with a great outcome.

It started in early 2008 with what appeared to be upper right lumbar pain. Over the next several months, I spent time at other hospitals and saw other physicians. I received multiple injections, pain relievers and steroids. They helped. However, whenever I laughed or coughed it was like someone hitting me in a kidney. I could not lay down, either face down or on my back as the muscles would immediately cause spasm.

After yet another trip out of state and more injections, I was told to go home, take ibuprofen and hydrocodone and wait for the shots to work and then come back in a month for a return visit. On the way home, the pain became so unbearable that my wife drove me to Sanford’s Trauma 5. We had no idea what to do.

The emergency staff at Sanford was very nice and did give some pain control for overnight. My personal physician, David Zeigler, MD with Sanford Clinic Adult Medicine, admitted me and reviewed all of my records. Dr. Zeigler discovered that I had three lower back MRIs taken yet no one had taken an MRI higher where I was complaining of pain. The new MRI uncovered a non-cancerous tumor in the spinal canal. Charles Miller, MD with Sanford Clinic Neurosurgery & Spine removed it, and now I feel I owe my life to those gentlemen.

I was close to being a paraplegic if this tumor had not been found. I have been recuperating at home and expect a full recovery. Sanford does have a world class facility in Sioux Falls. It is a diamond in our own backyard. Thank You.