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Acupuncture for pain relief - helpful or hurtful?

madkgmmadkg Posts: 17
edited 07/06/2014 - 7:13 PM in Alternative Treatments
I've been considering trying acupuncture to help relieve lower back pain. If anyone has tried it, can you please share your experience with it?

DDD, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, SI Joint dysfunction, Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L4-L5
Facing possible Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery at both L4/L5 and L5/S1
DDD, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, SI Joint dysfunction, Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L4-L5
Facing possible Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery at L4/L5 and L5/S1


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,299
    over the years some with electrical stimulation and some without.

    I always had very positive results from those treatments. My biggest problem was that they never lasted that long and it was necessary to have them on a regular basis to get the maximum out of them.

    I started with 2 times a week, and at $85 not covered by insurance was costly. I would have good results the day of (in fact, almost euphoric results the first 24 hours) and it would last a couple of days. But then it would wear off. So as long as I was going every couple of days, I was ok. But when I missed a week, it was like starting at ground zero again.

    But I always encourage people to give it a try
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I am having accupunture 2 times a week..... for the past 7 weeks. yes it is helping me , I am post op from a fusion. Before my fusion it didn't help at all I was in agony.....but then nothing helped..My leg pain has gone and my burning foot is no more yay !oh I hope I don't jinx myself lol.... As Ron said it is expensive @ $105 a pop... but well worth it to me if helps with my recovery, Also I am doing aqua therapy.


    Tlif L5S1 fusion on the 14th Jan 2014
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  • True, I wish they lasted little longer.
  • I had the above surgery on 12/4/14. I was feeling much better by the 4th week, and then my muscle spasms and nerve pain came right back, with a vengeance. I started physical therapy, which only made me feel so bad, I could not even walk.
    I was told by my doctor's assistant to stop therapy for at least one month. Right now, I am going for Biofeedback, and for a month high quantities of vitamines. Starting next week I will also go for Acupunture and massage. I hope something works!!
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