Post # 1
I’ve been suffering with chronic back pain since 2006. The orthopaedist diagnosed me with spina bifida occulta (why this wasn’t discovered until I was in my 20s I have no idea). My spine is quite crooked and the uneven weight distribution on the discs causes a lot of pain. When flareups occur (if I move the wrong way my vertebrae get knocked out of place very easily) I can be bedridden for days. I was told that I would need surgery to correct this but as of now I am totally against the idea. It grosses me out. DH suggested acupuncture would be worth a try since I don’t like to take pain meds. Has anyone tried it? Did it work?
Post # 3
I have! I’m sorry that I can’t advise on whether it works for back pain because I had it for a whole different problem (Interstitial cystitis) but I will definitely say that it worked for me.
I was very much of the opinion that I had nothing to lose; I’d tried everything else with no luck and I was willing to give anything a go. I was initially wary about it because I’m sh*t scared of needles but I didn’t feel a thing.
Perhaps you could go for a consultation and ask them about the success of using acupuncture for your condition before you actually commit to the treatment.
I hope you have some success in whatever route you take to help this problem – I can’t imagine how awful it must be to be bedridden for days 🙁
Post # 4
@Aquaria: I have!! Like PP, I had it done for different reasons, but it worked wonders for me. My dad went in for back pain and it helped him immensely. They did a combo of acupuncture and cupping. You might also consider trying to find a physcial therapist that specializes in back pain. I have a client (I’m a massage therapist) that started combining PT with massage and he had almost immediate relief.
Post # 5
@Brideonabudgetlauren: I did the PT when this all first started and it was like a miracle. Insurance would only cover 6 weeks though 🙁
I still do my exercises when I can but the condition is such that it will continue to get worse with age no matter what. I can’t replace the cartilage loss. I hadn’t considered cupping, I don’t even know of any local places that do it. Will have to look into that also.
Post # 6
I’ve done it as well and I liked it very much. I haven’t known anyone to get it done without results, and you can’t feel the needles at all
Post # 7
I read a study saying the only thing acupuncture is effective at treating is lower back pain. I have tried it before but didn’t experience much of a difference. Could you maybe pay out of pocket for the PT if it worked well? Maybe the office would set up a payment plan for you?
Post # 8
@Aquaria: That’s such a shame that insurance only covers 6 sessions! I hope you’re able to find some relief!
Post # 9
I have been going to acupuncture for awhile now and it has worked magic on my Lower back. I have an old fractured vertabre injury that just totally messed up my lower back, I have chronic back pain to where I can barely stand up on bad days and a pinched sciatica that made my leg fall asleep constantly. Went to the chiropractor for 6 months and it did help a ton, but I eventually hit a wall where it wasn’t improving and I was still in a lot of muscle pain. After three sessions of acupunture I went almost 6 weeks with no pain, and my leg no longer falls asleep at all. I absolutely loved the acupunture, anytime she would hit a very sore muscle it hurt like heck but it was also so releaving because I knew that meant it would soon feel so much better. I still am going to the acupuncturist every few weeks to basically keep the pain in check and hopefully improving. Highly recommend it. My husband also goes for upper back pain and loves it.
Keep in mind though that Chiros and Acupuncture are not really permanent fixes, after they remove the immediate damage, the worst of the pain or problems, you need to keep going to it to keep everything feeling good otherwise you will likely end up back where you started. You also need to adjust your daily life to help keep the problems from coming back. I am now very very aware of my posture and what I sit on during the day, if I sit with crappy posture, or I sit too long with not enough excercise or if I do way too much excersise and bending my back does not forgive me for it.
Post # 10
I’ve tried it in the past and it worked well, for short amounts of time. For instance, I would feel better for a few hours or a day, and then feel like crap until my next weekly session. I am debating giving it another try though. It’s quite relaxing.
Post # 11
I haven’t done it but I’ve heard great things- especially from my dad who is also a totaly homeopathic (read:extreme hippy) Chiropractor. I’ve always wanted to try it!
Post # 12
@Aquaria: My friend is an acupunturist and I’ve tried it a few times. Since I’ve only gone four times, I can’t really say if it works or not. I’ve been told that sometimes it takes several visits for it to start working. I’d say go for it, though, because I’ve heard great things.
Post # 13
Actually, a major study that was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine (a legit and reputable medical journal) concluded that acupuncture was an effective tool for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knees and hips, and shoulder rotator cuff tears.
So in short: yes! should work! make sure you find someone reputable!! 🙂
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@Aquaria: My FI has some major pain conditions and experienced a lot of relief from accupuncture. It also worked wonders on dealing with my chronic knee pain from an old, poorly treated injury. If nothing else, it’s worth a shot. There’s no side effects, no negative consequences if you go to someone who uses sterile needles, and at worst, you’re out some cash for a few sessions. Some communities have need-based accupuncture, and some places will work out a sliding scale if finances are an issue. We found room for it in the grad-student budget, and it worked fantastically well for short-term relief as my FI worked through the medical system trying to get a diagnosis and some proper pain management.
Post # 16
Both DH and I get acupuncture from chronic pain issues. DH has back and neck issues. We both swear by it. I noticed relief right away but he said it took a few sessions before he noticed substantial relief.
Give it a shot. There is very little risk associated with it and so much you can benefit from if you find it works for you.