Wondering if anyone can tell me their experience with acupuncture? Did it work for you for back pain? If yes how many sessions did it take?
My summary is:
Between 2000-2009, small probelms with back that were resolved with steroids, pain meds.
2009 herniated disc- Did PT, traction, injections- did not resolve issues.
2010 had microdiscetomy L5/S1
2011 same disc reherniated - Was not doing anything that involved heavy lifting or strenous activities. Did PT again and injections. Did not work and this herniation was worse than one in 2010- unable to drive- trouble walking- constant pain. Leg numbness & nerve pain.
Feb 2012- 2nd microdistecomy- much better but still have daily pain. Take Aleve in morning and Advil PM at night. Still have leg numbness- most likely permanent. Also get muscle spasms only on left side leg/calf.
Are you sure the pain is permanent and that there is not something still compressing the nerve that is resulting in this numbness, etc.? I would first be certain of this before accepting that it is permanently damaged.
I have had lots of acupuncture with three different practioners over a period of about 13 years....and consider myself quite experienced on the topic, and yet I never know how to answer a question such as yours.
It can be effective...but there are so many variables...the training of who is treating, the patient's problems, etc. I don't believe I know anyone who has received any permanent pain relief from it.
Some practioners want a person to book a series of appointments up front, saying it takes X-amount to accomplish whatever....I've never gone to that type of acupuncturist. The ones I go to adjust their treatments according to how I did that week following the previous treatment...it is flexible and changes from time to time.
I enjoy it because I find it very relaxing, but personally it could never have resolved my back pain which was mechanical in nature.
I have not, but I have recently begun cranial sacral and reflexology and I can you that it IS WORKING. But my person is very well trained and I trust her and have known her for YEARS. Trust is a big part of it.
It's not going to work like magic and make me suddenly 100% but it's helping my pain and overall health ALOT.