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Has anyone tried Accupuncture for Spinal Stenosis?

I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis with claudication, Degenerative lumbar kyphoscoliosis, lumbar spondylisthesis, osteoarthritis, nerve root impingements, ruptured disks, and . These were diagnosed with 2 CAT scans and a Myelogram CAT scan. Surprisingly to me, I never experienced much discomfort until 1 year ago.

I've seen 2 Neurosurgeons who both said NOT to do surgery. I'm currently seeing a pain management Dr. I've had 2 Caudal injections that greatly reduced the pain I had on sitting. I still get pain standing and walking. I have been to rehab exercise without a lot of success. I've had lidocaine patches without any success. Currently I'm taking Max dose of Tylenol and 2 Tramadol a day. They help some. I have also purchased a small portable stool to let me sit even if there's no chair around.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    of concern in your post.

    (1) Why did the surgeon(s) tell you that surgery is not for you? There has to be a valid reason. Almost everyone can have surgery.

    (2) Have you ever had a MRI? Sometimes that can add to really pinpoint your problem(s)

    (3) What corrective actions have your doctors recommend? Ie Physical Therapy, Traction, Massage, etc

    (4) What the long range actions that your doctors have?

    I have had acupuncture for almost every part of my spine and joints. It can be very helpful. From my experiences, it gave me a good deal of pain relief, but that was only very temporary and the procedures were very expensive.

    What about a small Tens unit for home. Many members have one and they have proven to give patients a good deal of pain relief.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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