Low Back Pain

by Jim
(San Diego, Calif, USA)

I have been having acupuncture for low back pain for almost a year now, some weeks once a week, some twice. I have had 13 back surgeries so my back is a mess. Sometimes after the treatment I feel really good then there are times I am in pain all the time. The treatments last for 20-30 minutes on Tuesdays and Fridays. I want my muscles in my lower back to be rid of the spasms. It’s hard for me to walk unless I use a walker. I’m 68 years old. Any suggestions?

Matthew reply: Hi Jim, my best suggestion for low back pain relief is to try ear acupuncture. Does your acupuncturist also do this? Ear acupuncture, or auriculotherapy, involves treating points on the ear only, i.e. the external ear surface.

All acupuncturists will know about this but not all of them do it. Some just treat points on the body. Auriculotherapy is an outstanding treatment for pain. Over the years I have had regular, body acupuncture for my own low back pain and it has been tremendous BUT auriculotherapy has been even better.

For example, with regular acupuncture I usually still have pain near my tailbone when ever I sit down for too long and auriculotherapy has eliminated this completely. I've done a lot of traveling in the past month and this would normally have caused pain in my lower back and tailbone due to all the sitting but auriculotherapy meant I had NO pain.

So, my best suggestion for you is to immediately contact your acupuncturist to see if he/she does auriculotherapy. If not I strongly advise you to find someone who does. Treating points on the ear for low back pain, and other problems, is not a complicated process and in many cases needles are not necessary - there are battery powered acupoint stimulators, lasers and other tools which do just as good, if not a better, job.

If you cannot find an acupuncturist who does auriculotherapy, go to this site: Miridiatech.com (click Community then Find a Practitioner). The acupuncturists listed there do both regular acupuncture and ear acupuncture (auriculotherapy). There are a number of practitioners listed in California. Possibly one is in your area.

As an acupuncturist myself I use Miridia's acupuncture and auriculotherapy products here in China and they recently added the Find a Practitioner service to their site.

All the best, Jim, and any questions about auriculotherapy for low back pain let me know by posting below.

Matthew

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Auriculotherapy For Pain
by: JIM

Matthew, I have been trying auriculotherapy with success. I want to thank you so much. At least now I do not have all that pain in the tailbone. I had surgery in my neck in January, had 3 pins put in it. Sometimes I have no pain what so ever and then times when there is pain. I tell you I am so sick of pain that it's difficult to get total relief, it just beats me down. I can't sleep laying down, I can only sleep in a chair because of this IBS that I have. I have carpal tunnel in one arm but it's only bad when I am on the computer. I also have a hard time holding on to things. I am telling you I need a new body. Thanks for your help. Any suggestions on anything please help.

Jim Taylor

Matthew's reply: Hi Jim, I am very pleased to hear that auriculotherapy is helping you manage your pain. Unfortunately, it is difficult for me via the internet to suggest what else may help you. I would definitely continue with auriculotherapy for as long as you can. It is something you can keep having as long as it is helping.

My area of expertise is Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese exercises and dietary therapy) so these are the only therapies I am qualified to comment on.

It is quite possible that Chinese herbal medicine has something to offer you in terms of further pain relief, relaxation, sleep and IBS. But it is impossible for me to know just how effective via the internet. Whoever is giving you auriculotherapy, I would ask them if they prescribe Chinese herbal medicine and if not can they refer you to someone who does.

Let me know how you get on and if you have questions about taking Chinese herbal medicine, or further questions about acupuncture or auriculotherapy for pain, etc.

Regards,

Matthew

Chinese herbal medicine,
by: Anonymous

I AM READY TO TRY CHINESE HERBAL. I AM TAKING SHEN LING BAI ZHU PIAN, CHARCOAL AND PEPPERMINT OIL WITH SOME RELIEF. MY DOCTOR HAS A ME ON DILAUDI 16 MGS EVERY 4 HOURS WHICH DOES NOT HELP. I ALSO HAVE A PAIN PUMP WITH DILAUDI IN IT RUNNING AT SMALL DOSAGE 24 HOURS A DAY. I COULD JUST HAVE HAD THIS MEDICINE SO LONG THAT IT JUST DOESN'T DO ME ANY GOOD. IT HAS REVERSED. I WANT THE PUMP OUT AND THE DILAUDI STOPPED THAT I TAKE ORAL. BUT I NEED TO WORK ON SOMETHING AND WEAN MYSELF OFF. SO ANYTHING YOU CAN SUGGEST I WOULD BE MORE THEN WILLING TO TRY. I AM 68 YEARS OLD AND I DON'T WANT TO DIE THE WAY I HAVE BEEN. I WOULD RATHER TRY THE HERBAL AND AT LEAST SAY I TRIED THEN STAY ON THE PUMP AND ORALS AND DIE ADDICTED TO DRUGS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Matthew's reply: Hi again Jim. As mentioned before, I cannot, via the internet, offer specific suggestions regarding which Chinese herbal medicine may help you. You absolutely will need to consult directly with someone who prescribes such medicines. And you should tell them what Western medications you are currently taking as this information is important when prescribing Chinese herbal medicine.

I understand that you want to get off the heavy pain-killers which you mention aren't working but you will need to discuss this with your doctor. If the Chinese herbal medicine and auriculotherapy make a big difference to your pain then you can tell your doctor you would like to try reducing the Western medications. Just do not stop any Western medication without talking to your doctor first. All the best. Matthew

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