'My son would not have a father if it wasn't for her'

'My son would not have a father if it wasn't for her'

EUGENE, Ore. - Charles Fields suffers from a disease that causes severe pain in his face called trigeminal neuralgia, also known as the suicide disease.

He said that 15 months ago, he was ready to take his own life.

"Suicide was my only option because I could not take it any longer," Fields told KVAL News. "You can't continue to live when you feel like there is an ice pick being stabbed in your ear."

The 43-year-old said the diagnosis destroyed his life. He said he had one failed brain surgery, and his life was dependent on medications that often didn't work.   

"I had an allergic reaction to it," he said. "I was the sickest I have ever been in my life."

His medication had stopped being effective, and doctors said there was nothing they could do for him.

He said the day he planned to commit suicide, a stranger handed him Dr. Sunny Kierstyn's card.

"He couldn't stand, he was in so much pain," Kierstyn said. "He couldn't look at me he was in so much pain."

Kierstyn practices craniopathy. She describes it as seeing a chiropractor for your head.

"His head was out of alignment, and some of the nerves in there were literally being crimped," she said.

With a few pulls and pops, Fields said he felt relief for the first time after just one treatment.

"I felt like I had a chance at life," he said.

Fields saw Dr. Kierstyn a few times a week at first. Now he sees her just once a month.

Field said he knows craniopathy might not be for everyone, but after seeing the KVAL News story about Jenny LeCompte's struggle with trigeminal neuralgia, he wanted to inspire others to try it.

"I break down and cry probably every other time I see her," Fields said of Dr. Kierstyn, "and tell her my son would not have a father if it wasn't for her."