Patient Testimonial by Kristen C.

To whom it may concern:
My name is Kristen C., I am a Salem Hospital Employee and I have been seeing Chris Kleronomos at the Comprehensive Pain Center for about a year and a half. I have a history of chronic pain going back to 2005 when I fractured some vertebrae in my back, and I was later diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2008. I previously had Kaiser Permanente insurance and a primary care provider who thought that ibuprofen was the “fix all” medication. I asked for a referral to a fibromyalgia or pain specialist, but my request was denied. I went through tons of testing as my fibromyalgia was getting worse and my doctors thought that maybe I had multiple sclerosis, lupus, or dozens of other things…all tests came back negative. As I said, my fibromyalgia was getting worse, I was in an immense amount of pain, I was having trouble walking, I would trip and fall, I slept a lot, and was still trying to work and take care of my family. I had no idea how to manage the pain myself, I was tearfully starting to accept the fact that at 26 years old that this was just how my life was going to be. I had even started telling my husband all of the things that I wanted to do before I got even worse and couldn’t do them any more. I had lost hope of getting help, of getting relief.
In 2012 when the hospital dropped Kaiser Permanente as an insurance choice, I got ODS and a new PCP who immediately referred me to the Comprehensive Pain Center and to Chris. I have to say I was a little hesitant at first of all of the different treatment options that Chris suggested to help decrease my pain, but I agreed to go through the Multidisciplinary Pain Program and some of Chris’ alternative treatments. I went through the 12 week program, received cupping and acupuncture, and did the elimination diet. Chris also had me try multiple different medications until we found the combination that worked best for me. Through Chris and through the pain program I learned so much about fibromyalgia, my body, things that make it better, and worse. 
I have to say, with all honesty, that the treatment that I got from Chris and through the pain program drastically changed my life. I feel like a completely different person, and others (family, friends, co-workers) have also noticed a difference as well. I have more energy, less pain, and I am much happier. I can go for long walks, I can play on the playground or the floor with my daugher, I can ride a bike!! Things that I never thought I would be able to do again! I am optimistic about my future now, I think about the things that I CAN do instead of the things that I CANNOT do! It is an amazing feeling!!
I feel as though I can actually be the wonderful Mom that I want to be to my 3 year old daughter, instead of being miserable and in pain. I am a better wife to my husband, a better daughter, friend, co-worker. I have found a medication regime that works for me, I can go to Chris for acupuncture when I need it, I learned ways that I can try to manage my body and my pain on my own at home.
Without Chris and the Multidisciplinary Pain Program I don’t know where I would be today. He saved me from a life of pain with no relief, he listened to me, saw me as a person and not as a diagnosis, he worked together with me to make a treatment plan, he had faith in me, he pushed me to get better! He is the best provider that I have ever seen…and trust, me…I have seen more than a couple!
I have recently heard that the Comprehensive Pain Center is taking a pause in treatment and that after October of this year I will no longer be able to receive treatment from Chris. I cannot tell you how saddened I am by this news. There is no way that I will be able to find a provider to replace Chris.
I hope that you will all consider this letter in your decision making processes and know that Chris, the Comprehensive Pain Center, and the Multidisciplinary Pain Program change lives!
Thank you,
Kristen C.