Liz H.: A Story of Gratitude

“Pain no longer dominates my every minute.”

“It’s hard to express the gratitude in appropriate measure when vitality is returned, and an active life is restored.”

– Liz H.

For 10 years, Liz H. had been trying to find pain relief, and hopefully long-term healing, for a severely herniated disc in her lower back.

Liz’s condition limited her movement and she couldn’t do anything that required her to bend, not even putting her shoes on. There were times at work when she would drop to the ground with a sudden, stabbing nerve pain.


During her quest for relief, Liz had seen over 12 practitioners: multiple orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, myofascial release experts, massage therapists, and so on.

“I really did not want to have surgery and was trying everything else in hopes of a solution,” said Liz. “A cousin of mine who led the neurosurgery department at UCSF advised me that back surgery really would not help me in the long term and to seek other answers.”

Liz heard about Dr. Bodor while catching up with an old friend about her situation, which she described as “a life shaped by injury”. Her friend worked for the Napa Medical Research Foundation. When Liz checked it out, she discovered her cousin from UCSF was on the NMRF Board of Directors.

After receiving intradiscal platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, Liz said, “My life has seen a complete turnaround! I am probably 80% back to normal, which is huge! I no longer even think about the smallest things that used to be painstaking challenges. I am back to hiking, running, tennis, gardening, and dancing. I haven’t yet tried skiing, but I hope to!” 

Liz was very surprised by how quick and painless the whole process was. The thought that this treatment could replace back surgery for so many people amazes her. Most of all, she was impressed by Dr. Bodor’s compassion as a clinician.

“Dr. Bodor is very kind and interested in the patient experience and health,” said Liz. “It’s humbling to be in the care of such a gifted doctor leading the way in a new field of medicine, but his humanity and down-to-earth personality took away my nervousness about the procedure. To hear [Dr. Bodor] say ‘Alexa, play Lyle Lovett!’ was the perfect silly thing to make me smile and pacify all fears!”

Liz considers finding relief through Dr. Bodor’s PRP treatment after years of pain to be an invaluable gift.

“Pain no longer dominates my every minute,” she said. “It’s hard to express the gratitude in appropriate measure when vitality is returned, and an active life is restored.” 

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