• Carolina Brain Center, PC, Chiropractors D.C., Raleigh, NC

Patient Testimonials

 

Chief complaint: MS, migraines, GI issues

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995 and I have been on disease modifying drug therapy since. I have suffered from chronic migraines, inflammation, sleepless nights, fatigue and pain, to name a few. Dr. B was able to help me immediately with the pain in my neck and head. She also had lots of thoughts and ideas about other things that could help me as well. Dr. B is part of my journey now, the one that includes navigating this thing called MS, as well as anything else life throws my way. I would really be lost without her. I cannot say enough about how my life has improved. ~Nancy M.

Chief complaint: GI issues, brain fog, chronic pain

Who would have thought that a Chiropractic Neurologist would be the one to cure my two-year battle with GI distress? In just one visit with Dr. Brindisi she was confident that I could eliminate my GI issues with diet. She suggested an elimination diet theorizing that my body was too sensitive to some of the foods I was eating on a regular basis, which in turn stressed my body and affected not only my immune system, but also eventually all body systems. I am happy to say she was right! Within one week of the diet my GI issues were gone (IBS type, bloating, pain and constipation), it also eliminated my brain “fog” I was having, virtually eliminating my fatigue and eczema and just had a general feeling of wellbeing; clearer thinking, more energy, and most importantly no more bloating or pain. I was able to stop all GI medication! I am so appreciative of Dr. Brindisi for being a great resource and support during the elimination diet. It is not easy to change the way one eats. In fact, it was very intimidating and I had to have a weekend of anger and grieving about it, but once I did it- it was actually not that hard. And, when you feel great on it, well there is not reason to change. I appreciated the opportunity to try new foods and the reward of feeling better and being healthier are worth the effort! ~Lisa G.

Chief complaint: Migraines

I have suffered from migraines for 32 years, since the age of 8. I will be the big 4-0 this year and have never been so excited. I am not excited to turn 40 but, for the first time in 32 years, my wish won’t be to not have a migraine on my birthday. I remember more things that I have missed out on through the years, as opposed to fun times. For so long I would wake up every morning and hope that there would be no pain, and that I would be able to make it through the day without getting dizzy or seeing black spots. I am so grateful and thankful for Dr. Brindisi for treating me and helping me get my life back. I cannot describe the feeling of being able to wake up on a daily basis without pain and know that I am going to be able to work all day and not have to leave because the black spots are getting closer together, which then causes me to black out. I have been so many doctors and specialists throughout the years and have tried so many different medications that it is amazing to know that I no longer need to depend on daily medication to decrease my pain. Thank you for allowing me to finally live my life pain free. Myself, as well as my family and friends will forever be grateful. ~Julie B.

Chief complaint: Concussion

Thank you for helping me get to a point where I am healthy enough to go back to college. Six months ago I could barely stay awake for two hours at a time, and became exhausted by tasks as simple as showering or eating a meal. Now I am ready to tackle a schedule that most would call insane with ease. All I wanted was to be able to go back to school, but never thought I would be going back with no residual concussion effects. Thank you so much for helping me get my life back!!!! ~Skyler K.

Chief complaint: Chronic dizziness

I interviewed or a new job and began work the following week. Needless to say life has been as busy and wonderful as usual. I have had minimal dizziness and I attribute my improvement to your expertise and treatments. I really don’t know how I would be able to function had it not been for all the help and hard work from you and your staff. ~Sarah N.

Chief complaint: Autoimmune disease

I saw Dr. Brindisi for Functional Medicine after my daughter was just recently diagnosed with adult onset type I diabetes and she discovered that I had Hoshimoto’s thyroiditis! Crazy! So with different supplements and diet changes all of my lab work inflammatory markers have all returned to normal levels after only 3 months!!! No need for the ever-popular Synthroid as a quick fix. She is determined to NOT have me need to resort to that.

I applaud her efforts and persistence to get to the root of the problem for my abnormal labs. She will find the cause of the problem and won’t give up until the solution is found. Please give her a call if you’re frustrated and need a different perspective and resolution!  You will not be disappointed. ~Sharon G.

Chief complaint: Concussion
I was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident in June of 2016. I suffered a severe concussion with long lasting symptoms. I tried traditional PT for 3 months, with very slight improvement. After speaking with a friend about Chiropractic Neurology treatment. I decided to try it, I had nothing to lose, and it had already been months of post-concussion syndrome.

I had my initial testing in September and began treatment. Treatment was 5 days per week and it is now 6 weeks later and I am seeing significant improvement in how I feel.

Dr. Brindisi and her team explained what therapies I would be doing to heal my brain. They actually understood how I was feeling. Until September, I had not felt “heard” by the medical professionals I had been working with. 

Since beginning treatment, I am beginning to feel like myself again. I had a very active life prior to my accident and I am beginning to regain it! I can’t speak highly enough about Dr. Brindisi, she gets it and truly understands, cares and helps her patients achieve progress that other people could not.

Thank you for helping me regain my life! ~Erica L.

Chief complaint: Migraines, sensitivity to sound, numbness, tingling, neck pain

Today was an amazing day; I was so surprised I found myself crying. I decided to turn on the radio and listen to a Christmas song, the next thing I know a half hour had gone by. For many this is nothing special. But for me, wow! This was the first time in 6 years I was able to listen to music without turning it off before the first or second song finished, because of having some sort of headache, head pain or strange sensations in my head. I couldn’t believe I was actually listening to music again after 6 years of avoiding it! Thank you!

To begin, I suffered from migraines on and off during my life. In 1997 I started experiencing swelling and pain, on the back right hand side of my neck and head, with numbness and tingling that travelled to the side of my head and face. I ended up having a lipoma removed the size of a baseball from my neck and head. I felt pretty good for a couple of years. Then the headaches and swelling started coming back. I was prescribed migraine medication. This relieved me for awhile, but gradually by 2004 I didn’t have a day without pain, swelling, tingling and crawling feeling going through my head. I just decided this was going to be my life. I continued to get worse, and it started affecting my work. I talked with me doctor and she referred me to a neurologist in 2006. The neurologist decided injections into my head would help with the scar tissue and nerves that were being affected and I did start having some relief for several months, but not a day without discomfort. Then, each time I went the time was shorter and shorter. I stopped seeing friends, doing things I used to enjoy doing (exploring Maine, bowling, dancing, listening to music and laughing). I became depressed. My personality changed, I started becoming someone I didn’t know.

In August of this year the pain changed and got worse. The injections no longer helped. I asked my doctor to refer me somewhere else to get another opinion and she knew I had success with a Chiropractor in the past. My symptoms were head pain, swelling, numbness, tingling and crawling sensations, confusion and brain fog.

I was referred to Dr. Brindisi in September of 2013. I was unsure what to expect with the testing and treatments she started with me. But, I knew everything I had tried in the last 16 years was no longer working and the pain was getting worse. I was nervous and unsure, but after meeting Dr. Brindisi I decided to give it a try. Truthfully I wanted to give anything a try to feel better. I was so tired of being miserable. After the first week of treatments, I was thinking, how is this helping me? How are these little things she is doing helping me go to work? She explained to me not to give up and not to get frustrated and discouraged.

I followed almost everything she asked me to do. So, since I’ve been coming to see Dr. Brindisi, within a month I had my first 5 days in a row without pain. I didn’t know what to think of it. It felt strange. My numbness, tingling and other strange sensations are almost gone. In just four months I have had more days without pain, numbness or being uncomfortable in my head and neck than I have had in the last seven years. I am seeing a little more of my old-self coming back. Laughing, smiling, listening to music, wanting to go out in public again. My family and boss even commented on it. It’s amazing to have 21 days without discomfort and pain. I am looking forward to the New Year and seeing what more improvements we will make together with my health! ~Lisa W.

Chief complaint: Concussion

It has been hard to find the right words to describe how grateful I am for Dr. Brindisi. In August 2016, I suffered a concussion and whiplash injury when a tree fell on my car while I was driving. The injuries were debilitating than I ever imagined they could be. Dr. Brindisi has been absolutely AMAZING. The severe anxiety that the concussion caused at times felt unbearable and I felt like it was just “me”. Dr. B would assure me it wasn’t and encourage me that I was doing well and she would get me through it. Dr. Brindisi knew the right supplements that would help with the inflammation and she directed me towards clean eating. The results were amazing. If I hadn’t been under Dr. Brindisi’s care, I would hate to think of where I would be now. She makes you feel like you are the most important patient she has. She connects with every patient she treats and to me she has become family. Grateful beyond words! ~Sandy N.

Chief complaint: Dysautonomia

I felt compelled to offer a testimonial to you based on my amazing transformation the past couple of years.

When I first met Dr. Brindisi, I was about a year postpartum with my second child, active, eating well and managing my stress. However, one day I called the fire department thinking their was a gas leak in my house – and after they gave the embarrassing “all clear”- I was left confused about what I smelled. Then it happened again and again, and I started to notice along with the phantom smells I had dizziness, odd sensory issues, tinnitus and extreme sensitivity to smell and sound. Sometimes I would also have a headache (though not often.)

This was all very concerning especially as I was home alone with an infant, and I would have to throw him in his crib every time I smelled that smell, because I knew I would potentially faint when it happened. What followed was a year and a half of over fifty doctors appointments, a dozen ER visits, eight tried and failed seizure, anxiety and migraine meds and 400+ of these “episodes” which caused me to have to stop working my job as a Marketing Manager. At one point, I had a neurologist tell me they thought I must have a brain tumor- and I remember thinking I almost wanted it to be that, because at least it would make sense. However I had (have) two children to live for so this was not really what I wanted… but I became extremely desperate for an answer so I could find appropriate treatment.

 Through all of this I tried to stay off google, as googling strange neurological symptoms never results in anything but added anxiety- but one day I had enough. Through all of the noise online, I finally found the website to Dr. Brindisi. I remember being a mix of excited that this place was 20 minutes from my house, but really, really angry that none of my “regular” doctors had referred me. I had my initial appointment with Doctor Brindisi, admittedly skeptical, and the rest is history.

With testing and a thorough clinical evaluation, Dr. Brindisi found quite a few things wrong with my brain. I’ll let her add to what exactly she found because it’s technical and I will misspeak- but basically my brain wasn’t working right in certain areas which then caused me to have symptoms of dysautonomia and trouble with my vestibular system. It is likely that these “episodes” I have are extreme migraine variants and/or small little focal seizures- but they are the result of my brain just not working the way it should. The thing is- that no MRI can show this- and even my EEG was negative. Most doctors only see in black in white- if your scans and blood work are clean- you must have anxiety because nothing else is wrong with you. What they fail to see is if you have anxiety- it can be a symptom not the cause, like it was for me. My issues, while not visible on a scan, were in HOW my brain was functioning.

This is a long story but my hope is that it will even help one person go see Dr. Brindisi who is having strange neurological symptoms. I went from almost two years of hundreds of these episodes, to TWO (2) episodes in the last 12 months. I have started my own business, and gotten my life back thanks to Dr. B. I seriously cannot imagine what my life would have been like if I didn’t come in that day, and while I still have a decent amount of treatment left- my life has been given back to me.

Thank you again Dr. Brindisi for all you do! ~Michelle W.

Chief complaint: Autoimmune thyroid

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis in January of 2017.  But had been experiencing symptoms since September of 2016.  As a mother of two children my symptoms were getting in the way of taking care of my two babies and interfering with my daily life.  I was so fortunate to get in touch with Dr. Dana Brindisi at exactly the right time.  I literally owe my health to her.  She immediately dove into my case and ordered the necessary blood work to get us rolling in the right direction.  After receiving the results, we did a virtual consultation and she set up a protocol for me.  The supplements she started me on, as well as, the diet and lifestyle changes she recommended took an immediate effect.  Within weeks I was less irritable, had little to no brain fog, was sleeping through the night, was finally losing some of the extra weight I gained during my second pregnancy, and had an increase in energy and libido!  Dr. Brindisi honestly took a personal interest in ensuring that I was feeling my best, I could never thank her enough for giving me back my health!  ~Shannon P.

Chief complaint: chronic pain

 My experience and recovery due to Dr. Brindisi has been nothing short of a miracle in my eyes. Over the last 20 years I have had numerous health issues and had sought out help and searched for answers to my issues through many Naturopaths and Chiropractic providers. Ultimately they would provide answers, solutions and treatments that would temporarily give relief but in the end, my pain, and discomfort and over all wellbeing was never corrected. I would have periods of overwhelming, debilitating, multi symptom un- wellness and none of them, including Medical Doctors could ever seem to truly pinpoint the root of my problem. Everyday was a challenge for me. I had my ups and downs until one day this past December I became so ill, I ended up in the emergency room. This prompted me to do further research on my ailments since what I had been doing was no longer effective. I came across an article on the Internet written by a woman who had the same symptoms as me and who ended up in the emergency room for the same reasons as me and was left with the same lingering symptoms I had. Her saving grace was a Neurologic Chiropractor. In all my years of seeking Chiropractic treatment, I never knew there was such a thing as a Neurologic Chiropractor. “Urika”! I said, as I quickly did a search to locate a Neurologic Chiropractic Practice and it had become my saving grace.

I met with Dr. Dana Brindisi within a few days. She was the most attentive physician I have ever met. She listened, ran state of the art neurologic testing and had given me a practical diagnosis before I left the office; one that in all my years of suffering had never heard from another Doctor. She told me that one of my most obvious issues was that I was suffering from “Systemic Inflammation” and she gave me a very strict diet to start immediately. Within a week of being on the diet, I was feeling better than I had felt in months. Every day my pain got better. The following week I went back for the test results that had revealed several other neurological issues that could be permanently altered through her dynamic neurologic therapy and better speed my recovery. She set up a treatment and therapy plan that we started on right away.

After two months of treatment and staying on a strict anti-inflammatory foods diet all of my symptoms and ailments have been alleviated for the first time in 20 years. I feel like a new human being with energy and vitality. Like I said, “Nothing short of miraculous”! The best thing is during the time of my visits Dr. Brindisi was always willing to listen and give advice on how I could help improve our results. Most spectacular of all is that I got better without any medication a big NO-NO for me. I am so pleased and happy to have found Dr. Brindisi and I don’t know how I could have fully recovered without her. Thank you for giving me my life back!

Sincerely,

Jane C.

Chief complaint: sub arachnoid hemorrhage with concomitant vertigo, brain fog, insomnia, headache and neck pain

I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage on 3/8/17 and after an 11-day hospital stay was discharged with minimal instructions on what to expect during my recovery. I experienced vertigo, brain fog, headaches, insomnia and other various symptoms after my discharge. One of my co-workers recommended I make an appointment with Dr. Brindisi, who specializes in Chiropractic Neurology. Extremely reluctant but desperate for relief, I emailed her to see if she thought she would be able to help. Within hours I received a response and a next day appointment. In my first session, she treated my vertigo and within 24 hours it had resolved. Her recommendations to treat insomnia also produced immediate results. Headaches and neck pain are now a rare occurrence. I leave each session always feeling better than the last and my coworkers have even commented throughout my treatment that they have observed improvement week after week. Historically I have been a harsh critic of medical care outside of a DO/MD but Dr. Brindisi has completely changed my perspective. Unlike me PCP, she took time to patiently listen and understand my symptoms and get me through the scariest experience of my life. ~Julie E.

Chief complaint: Concussion

I suffered one of the worst head injuries I have ever had. I knew something was really wrong and honestly I was a little nervous. On September 29th I called and made an appointment with Dr. Brindisi after I started to experience some nerve-racking symptoms (mild slurring, word replacement, poor balance, and extreme fatigue).  Dr. Brindisi was professional, friendly and made me feel confident that everything would be fine. Right after the very first appointment, which included a mild adjustment, hand eye exercises and muscle stimulation, I felt significantly better. I went 5 days in a row the first week, 3 days the second and third week and now I’m down to one day a week. All my symptoms are gone, I feel reenergized and my ability to concentrate is much better. Thank you for all your help and your continued support. ~Jared C.

Chief complaint: dizziness and imbalance after an infection

Let me start by saying Dr. Dana Brindisi saved by life. I went through 4 months of not being able to walk without holding on to something because of a severe balance issue can really wear on ones nerves.

The balance issue was a result of having the flu and pneumonia. After seeing many doctors and specialist who preformed many tests and treatments, I still felt no relief.

Dr. Brindisi is the daughter of my best friend and she was home visiting. She performed a neurological exam and was able to diagnose my problem. She gave me some neuro exercise to do a few times a day, which included eye movement therapy, chair spins and balance exercises. Within a few days I felt an improvement.  She continued to follow up with me long distance. Approximately one month later I was back to normal. She is an amazing person and doctor. ~Maureen S.