Patient Comments: Acupuncture - Process

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Comment from: Shanice , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was 15 when I noticed a dull ache in my hip. I went to the doctors and they told me “growing pains.” Eight years down the line I’m now 23 and that’s how long I’ve been suffering with sciatica. It just got worse over the years. I’ve tried multiple pain killers, physiotherapy, I go to the gym around 4 times a week, I’ve done yoga and swimming. I stretch daily and it won’t budge. I’m still young and I can’t live fully in this agony, it’s taking over my life. Wonder if anybody here has had surgery.

Comment from: Tami M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I just had my first acupuncture experience and it was amazing! I have dealt with chronic pain in my right leg since 2011. It was made worse last month when I accidentally broke two toes on my right foot. This forced me to change my stride, which has increased the pain from my other injuries. With acupuncture, I felt more relaxed than I've felt in a long time. I've been able to walk normally the rest of the day. I am hopeful my recovery will be faster.

Comment from: Annie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I suffer with neuropathy in my feet, low back pain, and just normal stuff folks my age deal with, I am 85. I had taken my husband for the first time to a lady who does acupuncture and while she was working on him I told her about my neuropathy and she told me she could help, so I agreed to letting her help me. We both had a treatment at the same time and the next day my lower back no longer hurt and I am now able to feel the bottom of my feet. Both of us have felt so much better.

Comment from: Ladyrprter, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I thought I was having sciatica and the pain was keeping me up nights. I tried ice to the back and it helped for a while. I tried heat, and it also helped for a while. I went on a cruise and was not able to walk long distances because of the pain. Anyone who has been on a ship knows that just walking from your cabin to the dining room is a great distance. There was an acupuncturist on board. I went to see him and took a treatment. Immediately the pain went from an 8 to a 3. I was able to walk with slight pain. I took a second treatment a few days later, and it got me through the cruise and I was able to enjoy myself. The acupuncturist didn't feel I had sciatica, he felt it was an inflammation in the hip joint. I plan to see a neurologist soon to find the source of the problem, but am considering more acupuncture.

Comment from: Linn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I have suffered with dizziness and extreme leg weakness for over a year and the symptoms are worsening and restricting my life. Several of my pets had acupuncture and I believed they were helped by it. I decided to try acupuncture for my condition. I am a diabetic and have lost weight and lowered my A1C to an acceptable level, but the weakness has worsened. I was very unsteady and dizzy when I went for my first treatment. I was optimistic, but the acupuncturist focused only on my diet (I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning and eat apples a couple of times a week and am a vegetarian). She focused on my poor eating habits and said I was weak because I don't eat beef. It was clear that whatever is causing my symptoms is beyond what acupuncture can help and at least the acupuncturist didn't try to milk me for more money. I did not realize that acupuncture is largely considered to be a fraud until I read many of the internet articles. Spend your money wisely folks.

Comment from: Lorie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

Acupuncture is something I am going to try soon in my chiropractor's office. I have been living with peripheral neuropathy for years and it has only gotten worse the older I get. I have had three back surgeries with two of them in the past five years. I now have a damaged right sciatic nerve which gave loose this past January and put me in a wheel chair. I also have gait/balance issues which keeps me on a four-wheel walker. So, I am going to try acupuncture because I have tried everything else.

Comment from: Debbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had my first acupuncture treatment today and I thought it was very painful and it cost USD 85. He told me I need to see him 2 times a week for 2 months. I don't know how people can possibly afford this. My insurance won't cover any part of it. I'm doing it for help with weight loss. I'm hoping that I can save money on food so maybe I can afford the treatments!

Comment from: RT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I have suffered with low back pain for 10 years and knee and leg stiffness/pain for 5 years. I've tried everything from cortisone to nerve blocks/burns with little to no relief. I had resolved myself to chronic pain with some relief from medications. I recently started having numbness/tingling in my left ring and pinky finger and sought out an acupuncturist to see if that would help. Although I haven't seen much relief with the tingling, I did see instant relief from my back and leg pain. I have only been twice, but I plan to continue and hope the results will be lasting.

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Comment from: dance-a-lot, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I was in my early 60s when I began experiencing sciatica. The pain happened when I rode long distances in a car or when I sat longer than 20 to 30 minutes. My pain was so intense that tears would run down my face. Fortunately, my job as an activity director in an assisted living retirement home gave me the option of standing nearly all day. Upon the suggestion of a close relative, I called an acupuncturist and within 3 months I was pain free. Recently I was a passenger in a car that was in a minor accident and I am now looking for an acupuncturist in my area.

Comment from: Jersey lady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I experienced a sharp pain when the needles were put into my wrists. The right wrist was the worse one. This happened on two of my visits to the acupuncture clinic. I won't go back.

Comment from: Male Hot Flash, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I am a male being treated for metastasized prostate cancer. The hormone treatment has caused hot flashes. After several months, I tried acupuncture for relief. After three treatments my hot flashes have subsided.

Comment from: Dennis, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

My sciatica turned for the worse on February 15 and I have been on crutches for 4 months now. I am pre-operation for fusion of my L5-S1 and laminectomy of L1-2, and L2-3 on August 1. I had extreme leg pain and numb feet causing me to lose balance and the ability to walk and kneel without a walker or crutches. The numbness in my feet worried me. My acupuncturist devised a schedule of treatment beginning on May 15th. Now two months later I have very little pain in my legs and my feet are almost free of numbness. I will be ready for surgery with new found confidence.

Comment from: back pain, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 20

I had lower back injury 4 years ago and was told pain pills is all I have left for treatment. I have pain in lower back, hip, thigh, groin, and leg. With the first acupuncture treatment I felt 40% better. I went back today for 2nd treatment and I can wiggle my foot around with no pain tonight. I will be going back! I am a true believer now! It is somewhat expensive but cheaper than an office call at the M.D. 'medicine man!’

Comment from: mcverge, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I tried acupuncture as a treatment for bursitis of the hip. I had been getting cortisone shots every 4 months but knew they could not continue indefinitely so a naturopath told me to try acupuncture. After 2 treatments the pain has gone and I am able to exercise and walk as I used to. Miraculous if you ask me!

Comment from: myFoot, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

Yes, I have tried acupuncture. It seems to provide temporary relief, not a long term fix or solution.

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