First, the SDMB Disclaimer: I am soliciting personal opinions, experiences and suggestions. I am not soliciting definitive medical advice. I am not using the Straight Dope as a doctor. Please do not urge me to get off of the Internet and call a real doctor. This thread has been opened so that I can gather first-hand patient-based responses to the use of Acupuncture as a method of pain management, and so that others can learn about this treatment as well. M’kay?
Now then. Pain is entirely subjective, which makes its management a very tricky thing. I’m interested in trying acupuncture. Who has tried it, and to the limit of your comfort level in sharing such things with the entire planet, what is the source of the pain? Is the treatment useful? How often do you have to go for treatment to maintain a pain-free or pain-reduced lifestyle? Is it covered by your insurance? Are you supported by your Primary Care Physician in your choice to use this method of pain management?
I broke my L-3 in 2000. Since that moment, asleep or awake, I’ve got varying levels of pain. The pain is entirely centered around the site of the fracture, and does not radiate anywhere.
Would love to be pain free.
Opiates as an entire category are off the table. Similarly, Bextra Vioxx and Celebrex and such are off the table. That whole stroke/ heart attack thing. Acupuncture is appealing and so I open this thread by way of soliciting end-user patient responses.
Thank you in advance for posting your story.