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Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine (1 Viewer)

HERBERT THE HIPPO

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Listen up schmuckasses, this is SERIOUS BUSINESS.....no joking around is permitted.

Does anyone have experience with the use of acupuncture/oriental medicine for pain relief? I have severe arthritis pain in my hand which traditional medicine has failed to relieve. I want surgery to be my last resort. I have an appointment tomorrow with a doctor who specializes in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Memo to the first nitwit who mentions anything to do with Johnnycakes: I will come to your house and punch you in the face in front of your family. You have been warned.

 
Listen up schmuckasses, this is SERIOUS BUSINESS.....no joking around is permitted.

Does anyone have experience with the use of acupuncture/oriental medicine for pain relief? I have severe arthritis pain in my hand which traditional medicine has failed to relieve. I want surgery to be my last resort. I have an appointment tomorrow with a doctor who specializes in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Memo to the first nitwit who mentions anything to do with Johnnycakes: I will come to your house and punch you in the face in front of your family. You have been warned.
how is the linoleum treating you these days?

 
I've gotten acupuncture to relieve back pain through the VA medical system in Florida. It's viable and it works in many instances. I'm a believer as it significantly reduced my acute pain down to a minor ache. Others who've had it done with the same specialist haven't had as much success. It's an individual thing and I don't know why a buddy of mine gets no relief at all.

I'd give it a try; especially if nothing else is working for you. Good luck anyway

 
When the next divorce comes around just marry a Chinese acupuncturist. Problem solved.

*Notice I didn't bring up johnnycakes

 
I have also found it to depend on the person. Some get unbelievable results, others get very little to no results. Definitely worth the shot. Usually you need more than treatment to see if it will work. So you might have to stick with it.

 
I've gotten acupuncture to relieve back pain through the VA medical system in Florida. It's viable and it works in many instances. I'm a believer as it significantly reduced my acute pain down to a minor ache. Others who've had it done with the same specialist haven't had as much success. It's an individual thing and I don't know why a buddy of mine gets no relief at all.
Probably for the same reason that toothpicks in random places works as well as "real" acupuncture.

 
I find a good kick in the balls usually makes headaches go away. May not work for Quez's wife though.

 
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L4-5 patient here. My first experience with acupuncture was the very day I fell and injured my back 25+ years ago. After it went out on me in the middle of playing hoops, I managed to drive myself to my doctors office. He was an M.D.D.O. and was into alternative medicine. Seeing as how all I could muster was the "hand-on-knees" walk, he and his assistants met me in the parking lot and helped me into his office. He told me that he wanted to go the acupuncture route and I was in no shape to argue.

They helped me strip down to my boxers and got me face down on one of those adjustment tables with the cutout for the face- which was no easy feat for anyone as I was in full blown back spasm mode. After hooking me up with the full complement of needles he ran me through some breathing/relaxation exercises, turned down the lights and left me for some 10 minutes. Upon checking on me he called in his entire staff to check out how my body was reacting. Like a proud father he pointed out how my skin was "tenting"- actually climbing up the needles. I didn't give a #### about any of that at the time- I just wanted him and everyone else to get the hell out of the room and leave me to melt. Which is exactly how I felt. No miracle cure, but I managed to hobble to my car and drive home an continued treatments for several weeks...

I can most definitely speak to the immediate effect that acupuncture had on muscle spasms. It helped me few some really rough times in that regard. As for helping with my injury itself? I don't think that's what it is about.

Interestingly enough, a few years later I came to him with unbearable tennis elbow like symptoms that weren't responding to anything else I was trying. We went the acupuncture route and within a few weeks- maybe 6 sessions or so- the symptoms totally disappeared. SRSLY.

The elbow business seems to fall more in line with your hand issues. I say, go for it. :thumbup:

 
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L4-5 patient here. My first experience with acupuncture was the very day I fell and injured my back 25+ years ago. After it went out on me in the middle of playing hoops, I managed to drive myself to my doctors office. He was an M.D.D.O. and was into alternative medicine. Seeing as how all I could muster was the "hand-on-knees" walk, he and his assistants met me in the parking lot and helped me into his office. He told me that he wanted to go the acupuncture route and I was in no shape to argue.

They helped me strip down to my boxers and got me face down on one of those adjustment tables with the cutout for the face- which was no easy feat for anyone as I was in full blown back spasm mode. After hooking me up with the full complement of needles he ran me through some breathing/relaxation exercises, turned down the lights and left me for some 10 minutes. Upon checking on me he called in his entire staff to check out how my body was reacting. Like a proud father he pointed out how my skin was "tenting"- actually climbing up the needles. I didn't give a #### about any of that at the time- I just wanted him and everyone else to get the hell out of the room and leave me to melt. Which is exactly how I felt. No miracle cure, but I managed to hobble to my car and drive home an continued treatments for several weeks...

I can most definitely speak to the immediate effect that acupuncture had on muscle spasms. It helped me few some really rough times in that regard. As for helping with my injury itself? I don't think that's what it is about.

Interestingly enough, a few years later I came to him with unbearable tennis elbow like symptoms that weren't responding to anything else I was trying. We went the acupuncture route and within a few weeks- maybe 6 sessions or so- the symptoms totally disappeared. SRSLY.

The elbow business seems to fall more in line with your hand issues. I say, go for it. :thumbup:
Thank you kindly for this reply. Had my first session today. I will withhold judgement until I have had a few more.

 
Went to a party tonight and the host's wife was going on about how awesome acupuncture was. She's kind of a twit so I didn't think much of it, but I was surprised how many people agreed with her. I always thought it was pretty much bull####. Don't know of any actual science behind it. What say ye?

 

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