Dr Michael Durtnall

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Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Marwa B » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:19 pm

One day in November 2016, Spine mangled and eyes ridden with migraine pain, I dragged myself out of bed. I felt the incessant compulsion to go to the bathroom, that had been plaguing my pelvic area for years now, and with it, a tinge of hopelessness. My days revolved around waking up early, hours before everyone else, to use the bathroom (several times), do back and neck stretches, and wait for the pain medication to kick in. I took digestive enzymes with every meal, and a cocktail of painkillers every morning. I bumbled along around my symptoms, which were extensive to say the least, determined to have some kind of life. I was always in pain, but I resigned myself to it.
Over the past five years, after a fall on the coccyx, I’d developed severe pelvic pain, discomfort, and a relentless need to use the bathroom without ever feeling any relief. I had shooting pain down my leg when I walked. I always had nausea and indigestion, sometimes I could barely keep food down. I had chronic shoulder pain, blinding sudden migraines and numbness in my hands. After a several vague medical diagnosis including; IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Gastroparesis, which led to a long and futile list of medications; Buscopan, metoclopramide, codeine, diazepam, omeprazole, tramadol, citalopram and micralax, to name a few. The doctors had written me off, and to be honest so had I. I knew that my back pain was probably the root cause of all my issues. I had been seeing chiropractors on and off with varying degrees of success, although none of it lasting, it proved my theory. I was sure it was all connected, but no one seemed to be able to piece it together or cure me.
I took the mild relief I got from chiropractic adjustments and tried to manage as best as I could.
On this particular day, I was being dragged to see a new doctor. Tired of watching me suffer, my partner decided to step in. He’d spent the days prior, emailing and calling clinics all over the world, and trawling through reviews. I appreciated his enthusiasm, but I was hopeless. I couldn’t imagine what anyone else could do for me, after all chiropractic is chiropractic right? And I was already doing that. He booked me an appointment with Dr Michael Durtnall at The Sayer Clinic. I went along, only really to shut him up.
From the moment I met Dr. Durtnall I knew he was different. He immersed himself in everything he did, frantically x-raying me and pushing and prodding and assessing every aspect of my spine and posture. He was like a mad scientist. After a thorough assessment, he said: “Don’t worry, we can fix you.” I was floored. I’d only ever heard doctors talk about managing my condition. He told me that I had Pudendal Neuralgia. Finally, this odd, embarrassing, and life-ruining set of symptoms had a name. Over the next few weeks I went to see him religiously, we worked on my pelvic floor, my posture and muscles, and unbelievably but surely, the symptoms started to dissipate! Years upon years of agony, started to dissolve with every visit. Michael had no interest in managing anything, he was going to cure it!
As I write this now, a few months later, I am essentially SYMPTOM FREE. The slight twangs I have here and there are mere drops, to the ocean of debilitating pain and suffering I used to experience. My life absolutely revolved around symptoms, they governed every part of my day, and now I’m free. I’m slowly starting to exercise again, I eat out with my friends, I think about other things aside from pain meds and going to the toilet! I learned that not all Chiropractic medicine is created equal. Dr. Durtnall is a leader in this field, and The authority on this subject, no other clinic in London and possibly the world, has this level of understanding when it comes to the spine, pelvic floor, and Pudendal Neuralgia. Its evident in the pleasant nods we exchange in his waiting room, his patients’ eyes are always full of renewed hope, as are mine when I look at life now. If you are suffering, stop, there is hope out there, go to the Sayer Clinic and get the right help, this is what they do.
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Re: Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Alan1646 » Sun May 21, 2017 6:45 pm

Marwa B wrote: no other clinic in London and possibly the world, has this level of understanding when it comes to the spine, pelvic floor, and Pudendal Neuralgia.

Really! No other clinic in London! Does that include clinics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery? Does that include all the staff of clinics at those hospitals, including internationally published and respected consultants , surgeons and pain specialists? How about Dr Ruth Jones, for example-does that include her?
Please explain Marwa, how did you come to the above conclusion? Are there any published statistics to support your claim? How did you carry out such a comparison? I wonder why the government bothers to fund the NHS when there is such an omniscient expert and miracle worker at hand. And before you accuse me of being sarcastic by the use of the term "miracle worker", just read some of the messianic posts on here about Dr Durtnall. "This tribute is dedicated to you dear Dr Michael Durtnall that brings healing to our loved ones.
In scanning this great earth, God fell upon a multitude of needs. In God's giving ways, his hands were placed on you dear Dr Durtnall to heal pudendal nerve entrapment and coccyx pain. May the angels watch over you and continue to grace you with your skills of excellence and the healing power of the holy spirit
Stuart.
And all these positive posts about Dr Durtnall, using similar language , similar phrases and usually ending in an imperative to go to see Dr Durtnall- has a single one of those posts been verified? Is there any claim on these forums about the remarkable healing powers of Dr Durtnall that has been investigated and been proven correct?
And when there is a breath of genuine skepticism, Violet, you accuse people of being "negative". You say you can't check whether posts are genuine or not-but you can look at all these posts and make a judgement about whether all of these claims of miraculous cures - that apparently no-one else in London-or indeed the world-has been able to achieve, are credible.
The denial of stress seems to be inherent in conversion disorders. If unpleasant emotions have indeed been converted to a physical symptom, the patient is not always aware that they ever existed in the first place.

O'Sullivan, Suzanne. It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness (p. 277). Random House. Kindle Edition.
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Re: Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Violet M » Mon May 22, 2017 12:07 am

Alan1646 wrote:And all these positive posts about Dr Durtnall, using similar language , similar phrases and usually ending in an imperative to go to see Dr Durtnall- has a single one of those posts been verified? Is there any claim on these forums about the remarkable healing powers of Dr Durtnall that has been investigated and been proven correct?


Alan, I agree with you that the sentence you quoted above by Marwa sounds like an exaggeration but as far as people on the forum using similar language, when Jason used language similar to someone else on this forum you didn't seem to see any problem with it. When one person came on the forum and posted as several different people recommending the mindbody approach you had no problem with it whatsoever. Sounds like a double standard to me.

Also, Alan, if you want something investigated, maybe you would like to help out and investigate it.

Marwa, I am very happy for you that you had a good experience with Dr. Durtnall.

Violet
PNE since 2002. Started from weightlifting. PNE surgery from Dr. Bautrant, Oct 2004. Pain now is usually a 0 and I can sit for hours on certain chairs. No longer take medication for PNE. Can work full time and do "The Firm" exercise program. 99% cured from PGAD. PNE surgery was right for me but it might not be for you. Do your research.
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Re: Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Alan1646 » Mon May 22, 2017 10:42 am

Violet M wrote:I agree with you that the sentence you quoted above by Marwa sounds like an exaggeration
Firstly, why not let Marwa herself answer?
Violet, I think you need to distinguish between "an exaggeration" and a declarative statement that has no basis in fact..
Violet M wrote:when Jason used language similar to someone else on this forum you didn't seem to see any problem with it.
You'll have to explain what you mean. Which other poster? Which language? Please explain in detail the similarities in language you refer to.
Violet M wrote:When one person came on the forum and posted as several different people recommending the mindbody approach you had no problem with it whatsoever.
Again, I don't know what you mean by this. I don't know which person posted as several different people about the mindbody approach. You'll have to explain this Violet.
To be clear, we are talking about a large number of posts about Dr Durtnall having much the same structure , language features ,and very similar endings, endings which are imperatives urging readers to go to see Dr Durtnall. Is there any other practitioner on this forum about whom you can say the same?
You haven't answered my questions about evidence and verification of the statements made in posts about Dr Durtnall.
The denial of stress seems to be inherent in conversion disorders. If unpleasant emotions have indeed been converted to a physical symptom, the patient is not always aware that they ever existed in the first place.

O'Sullivan, Suzanne. It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness (p. 277). Random House. Kindle Edition.
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Re: Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Buttercup28 » Mon May 22, 2017 8:59 pm

I don't know anything about this doctor personally. I keep seeing his name pop up on the forum though and so after seeing his name come up in so many threads I realized that his name sounds familiar. It's familiar because of someone that I've recently been discussing pelvic pain/hip impingement with on another blog separate from here. She mentioned that she went to see Dr. Durtnall and he did help her somewhat. She is from the U.S. so she flew to see him in London last year. He was the first doctor/chiropractor/therapist that actually made a positive impact on her bladder, pelvic and nerve pain. But, it was a 'small dent as far as impact', so being treated by him didn't fix her by any means. She says that she is still happy that she went to see him because it was the first positive step in her search for answers. So, I would say that if you live in London, why not go see him b/c you have nothing to lose, maybe he would help in some way. But, since the only verified true patient I know who went to him was NOT cured, I would not recommend people travel far and wide to go see him. Ultimately, this woman's healing has come from a mix of things, primarily FAI hip surgery. Dr. Durtnall played a small role in her healing (ever so slight). I don't know if these people writing testimonials on here are real people or are fake, but I thought this anecdote may help people here who seem confused as to what to believe.

~ Buttercup
Sudden pelvic pain onset that landed me in the ER 2x -- diagnosed with severe pelvic floor dysfunction and suspected IC. Diagnosed with pudendal neuralgia via MRI and EMG and hip impingement/labral tear on CTscan. Ran the gamut with tests, treatments, procedures, injections, drugs, etc. since then. Still on the quest for answers....
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Re: Dr Michael Durtnall

Postby Rob73 » Wed May 24, 2017 7:02 pm

PN is a bad companion and everyone should be very careful in suggesting options and make statements.
Arguments are useless as well.
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