I just saw another doctor, rhuemy. I've exhausted about all of the doctors in my area. I keep getting different suggestions. My pain management doctor sd accupuncture would not help me, now this one says it may? My main concern is the pins and needles, along with numbness, and pain.
Also: anyone have trouble with their blood pressure due to pinched nerves? My bp jumps up and down, it was 168/104, then she took it later and it was 154/114!! the doc sd it was stress... bs, it did go down later to a normal level. I really feel its due to nerve compression, it gets worse when I sit.
Cardinal--I had "minor" success with acupuncture, in the sense that I found it relaxing and reduced some of the spasms related to my pinched problem. It also seemed to "open things up" in general--hard to describe that in more specific terms, just a general sense of being less "knotted." Still, the effects didn't last very long--maybe a day or two after each session. After that, I'd be back to where I was. The person I saw--a D.O. neurologist who also does acupuncture--did not consider this very successful by his standards. He was hoping the effects would last at least a couple of weeks and gradually longer. Good luck!
Long before I had my Fusion Surgery I tried Acupunture on a couple of occassions. I had it done by an Ortho. He put the needles in my back.......Yikes.......I couldn't walk for 2 days!!
I then tried it with a Korean man that came from the Mountains(over there) & he put the needles in my feet!! I asked why? He said you don't treat your back with needles in your back! I said Ok........Lets give er a try! Guess what?? It worked!! I had NO pain for almost a week!!
Only problem was........He lived 3 hrs. from my home & the tavel didn't work out for me!!!!!
there are many approaches to acupuncture, in terms of needle placement, use of electric current, etc. etc. Clearly, it helps some people. If you get someone highly recommended and certified, it may be worth a try. For most people, it's a pretty benign process. Good luck!