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I've never tried accupuncture. I have lymphedemia, resulting from cancer spreading to some of my lymph nodes when I had colon cancer in 2000. The lymphedemia (swelling of my lower legs) kicked in several years later. I was actually fortunate, I learned that some people get it in their arms. Been treating it with wraps, to keep the swelling down. Does tend to ulcerate once in awhile, but have pretty much held that in check. But in the last few days, the right leg has gotten really painful, rewrap, and it will subside, but come back later.

I just ran across this in my last bulletin from the VA. https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/471...-accupuncture/ My old man had bursitis in his shoulder, and I guess it got pretty painful. No clue where he got the idea of accupuncture, but he tried it. And it worked, it would last for six months, then he would go back for another treatment.

What with my back and all, I have daily pain. I started meditation many years ago, and usually can either deal with the pain, or sit down, which immediately eases the back pain at least. But this leg pain is way past that point. After reading the VA article am seriously pondering checking out accupuncturists in my area.

But, before I take the leap, wondering how many here have tried it, and if it helped.

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Good question Theo. I have nerve pain in both feet and legs and wonder if acupuncture would help that pain. I would love to get off the pain medicine I am taking. I think I am taking about as much as I can and not get hooked on it.

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Acupuncture, I have read, helps in come cases. My grandfather, for instance, went to a chiropractor and it helped. My mother went to one and he removed about $300 from her bank account.

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I got started with meditation many years ago, and as a result, have pretty much stayed away from pain meds, no prescriptions for it, and usually don't take it when prescribed. I'm saving that for when the pain gets really bad. Wish I could give a quick lesson on meditation, but it took me a lot of reading, and years of practice.

Tried a Physical Therapist in the Army once. He popped my neck before I knew what he was doing, then popped it the other way. I had a 24/7 headache, and still do. He said that would relieve my headache for two weeks. Worked for maybe 5 minutes. Didn't go back.

Tried a chiropractor once, for my back. Put some shock thingie on me, and it just tensed me up, felt better going in. Didn't go back.

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Tried acupuncture for tendonitis. I swear it worked the first time, but the second time I went and worked out shortly after the acupuncture, and it made things worse .
She also has this suction cup thingamajig that pulls the skin up , and I swear it worked better than anything.
I forgot, as I was going to try and find and buy one of those

I should also mention that acupuncture is a license to print money . This woman has three rooms in her home for patients, and there going steady all day long. It’s actually near impossible to get an appointment,as she’s that busy .
So it’s gotta be working for someone?

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Hi Theo,the benefits of acupuncture depends on the therapist treating you.If he/she knows the correct points to use for the specific condition you will get great relief. I have been able to reduce the number of pain pills I take because I bought my own electro/acupuncture machine.My wife knows the best acupuncture points to use for my problems. the patients who don't benefit are doing the wrong thing by not resting straight after treatment,which is VERY important.Hope this helps,Jamesjj
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Tried it several times. Had planter facetious on my foot and took a chance. The Dr. was a anesthesiologist at the University of TN and was in charge of their pain clinic so I figured he knew his stuff. 3 treatments and I have haven't had the problem since and that was about 10 years ago. Went back with nerve problems around the left eye from shingles and the old doc had passed away. The new lady seemed to know her stuff so I had treatments by her. I would say about 99% successful. Be selective when you choose your acupuncturists. I would choose someone who is either a medical doctor or an oriental practitioner. The Chinese have been doing it for a long time but some of these people who have had a few months of training I would be leery of. In SC some physical therapists can do it, but it's called dry needle therapy. They can't attach the electrodes or anything to the needles. Had one (a personal friend) do that for back pain and although temporary it worked. Just check out the practitioner you go to, in SC you can look them up online and see their credentials.
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Theo, will compression stockings help? I had my varicose veins removed many years ago. If I stand a lot I get aches like I have severe sunburn on both legs.
I use grade 2 compression socks (15-20 mmhg) that go to my knees, and it greatly reduces the pain. Theyv are a ***** to get on because they are so stretchy, but well worth the effort.

I use physio therapists for shoulder and neck pain. But I am not a believer in acupuncture apart from short term pain relief.
I once used a chiropractor for a severely cricked back, and he got me going again after 3 different doctors had told me to get used to a wheelchair.

The only tablets I take are 600 mg ibuprofin. They greatly reduce pain from arthritic hands.
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My wife is a chronic pain patient and has suffered for many years. Two back surgeries one in 1994, other in 2000. The first helped a bit, but the second made things worse. She tried acupuncture and it did nothing for her. She tried a chiropractor also and we believe he was the reason she required the second surgery. I agree that the person doing the treatment in almost any field of therapy, makes all the difference. I tried a chiropractor for Bursitis in my shoulder and it worked fine every week for so long, and $$$$$$ later, I finally decided to ask the guy why it only worked for a few days and not permanently, he said it takes time to correct the problem. Funny, I've heard of others going for the same thing to other so called Doctors of chiropractic medicine, and some are cured from one visit. I think it is a bit of a scam to keep you coming back every week to generate revenue !
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