I started acupuncture about a month ago, because nothing else seems to alleviate my back pain (kind of a last resort option). I'm in between doctors as I've switched insurance carriers, so this is really the only thing I can do in the mean time.
Anyway, acupuncture does seem to help with the pain, however the effects seem to be short-lived. I've had 9 treatments and spent almost $1000. Sometimes the results are miraculous, but they only last a day or two. Is anyone here a long-time acupuncture patient? If so, has it helped you in the long term for pain reduction (i.e. if you miss a couple appointments or quit going altogether, does your pain relief last?
Updated info on my condition: MRI shows 2mm disc bulge at L5/S1 (the level right below my fusion), along with neural foraminal narrowing and facet disease, both on the left side