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dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Alternative Treatments
Many people have had good success with acupuncture treatments
Here is a spot to start talking about your experiences
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 


  • No responses... I too would like to hear anyone's experience (positive or not) with acupuncture. I have entertained the idea but for whatever reason, have yet to make the commitment (I believe you need to go 1-2 times a week for 8 weeks to see results?)

    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • I have had it done several times, the first time it was recomended by a PM dr who i went to see for a ESI in my neck. He had done one 3 years earlier and I felt it was time to have another one. During his exam he also dx me with carpal tunnel. Rather than do another ESI he told me to try acupuncture for both issues. It was great! I tell everyone to give it a try.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562
    I have had acupuncture treatments many times. In 2007 I provided had about 25 sessions, some with electrical stimulation some not. The sessions were for my lumbar, thoracic and cervical disc problems.
    I did enjoy the sessions, I felt great afterwards. But honestly the 'good' feeling did not last that long. There seemed that I needed a build up.. The first month or so, in two days the relief went away. After the third month of treatments the relief could last up to a week.
    But it never really took care of my problems completely.

    There are many people who have great success with the sessions. And many times all they need is that one week of relief that can go a long way in making their overall condition much better.

    It is definitely worth trying

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I've had 7 treatments, in about as many weeks. So far I've had variable results. I have never had any more than 50% reduction in my pain level, and any reduction in pain hasn't lasted any longer than 2 days.

    It's a bit disappointing, but I know this kind of treatment can take some time. I'm willing to try for a while longer.
  • I started acupuncture about 3 years ago and it was awesome for me. She told me that it could take a day or so to see any results, but I saw immediate results in my calf pain. I went weekly for treatment and then did my best to relax for at least an hour afterwards. Finances and my insurance's refusal to help put an end to that after about 4 months.

    I started again in February of this year and did a lot of research. My current acupuncture Dr. agrees with me that it does not help everyone, but sure as heck don't hurt. I always feel better after a treatment. While I agree it isn't a permenant fix for bone degeneration or damage, it certainly does help with the muscle pain and "lightening bolts" that my damaged nerves love to share with me - helping to cut back drastically on my meds for those things. I have had both regular and electrodes attached.

    Give it a try - it won't hurt. Good luck!!!
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  • I've been going 2X per week since 7/3, and it hasn't helped yet...but i only stopped running when i received my MRI results on 7/22. Now that I have stopped running, i will keep going to acupuncture see how it works out.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562
    Hi Pat,

    I know with some people they need a number of treatments before they start feeling results.
    I know for myself, it wasnt until after the 3rd session did I start to see a difference. There was a big relief in my pain level on the day of any of my treatments. The more treatments I had the longer that relief would stay.

    Some people get enough relief from the acupuncture treatments to break their pain cycle and provide longer term relief.
    I wish I could say that I was one of those, but I wasnt.

    Hopefully you will start to feel some differences. Where is the treatment focused in (what area)? Is it being done with or without electrical stimulation and about how long are your sessions?
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Well, I do have to say that my pain level is reduced from when I started acupuncture. But, my pain level has remained about the same, since the first few treatments.

    I had some injections done, two to the disc, which didn't help, and one to the nerves at the facet joint, which helped a little. So I have now scheduled a nerve block at the facet joints, to see if I am a good candidate for nerve ablation (neurotomy).

    What I am hoping is that my drastically reducing my pain with the nerve ablation, the acupuncture can help with the residual pain. We'll see I guess.

    I haven't given up on acupuncture, I am continuing to have treatments once a week. For all I know, if I stopped going, my pain level might return to where it was before, and that would not be good. Now I have more good days than bad, before it was the other way around. Don't want to go back there.

    I think it is worth a try for anyone. It may help, and if it doesn't it was still worth a try, in my mind at least.
  • My treatments are concentrated in my lower back, probably around my affected area L5-S1, along with additional needles placed in each lower buttock, the back of each knee and the side of the lower ankle. The treatments are twice weekly for 30 minutes or so. A heat lamp is placed over the area, and I take a warm soak in the bath when I get home.

    There was study funded by German Public Health that indicated the effectiveness of accupuncture in treating LBP. As a caveat, the study also showed that sham accupuncture was just as effective...seems to be something about needles and our bodies natural reaction to them, I suppose, more so than the Qi pathways. The 'Why' doesn't matter to me, only the relief if it works.

    Now that I stopped the activity that was aggravating it, we'll see.
  • My treatments are also concentrated around my lower back, with one in my gluteus medius (that is a really sensitive spot for me - I nearly jump off the table when he puts the needle in my right buttock), and one behind each knee and the ankle.

    I've also had some treatments where he added upper back to treat the kidneys, in addition to the back ones. And this last time I had needles placed in my scalp, and he manipulated the needles while I generated the pain in my back. He said it was a new technique they learned at a conference and he wanted to try it out on me. He said it was kind of like telling the brain where the pain was located. I don't know that it worked, really, as I don't have any additional pain relief.
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