Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

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  • erik Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 155 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • corvallis oregon
    17
    Sep2020
    • Injury Status Cured
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, under 1 month
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Sometimes
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Marital Status Married
    • Employment Status Employed
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use Moderate
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Muscle Strain, Scoliosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
    • Pain areas Right hand, Left hand, Left hip, Right hip, Left leg, Right leg, Lower back middle

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Walking/Hiking, Gokhale Method, Swimming, Postural Modifications, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Rest
      Improved
      Heat, Chiropractor, Other, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

    I'm 61, and have had back issues since I was a kid w/(mild) scoliosis. Mostly, I managed it w/exercise and stretching, but I used to have regular episodes when my back would "go out" for days, sometimes weeks. Then I would run to the chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, acupuncturist, etc. Such Rx generally helped alleviate pain and made it possible to rest until I could get back to normal activity. I'm self-employed and have a variety of tasks that often take me from fairly heavy physical labor to office work, but I also exercise regularly -- mostly walking, swimming, hiking, and in the past 10 years, Aikido. I was introduced to the Gokhale method book in 2012, made some basic changes, and then took a class in 2014. That year was also the last episode of having my back go out. I think it's very significant that both Aikido and Gokhale refer to ancient practices, and both follow very similar principles for good posture and effective movement. In addition, basic structural mechanics supports the idea that the spine will function best when the muscles can hold the vertebrae in alignment, so as to equalize compressive forces and not over-stress any individual part. Reading about the logic is one thing, but as soon as I started copying the pictures in the Gokhale book, I could feel it. We learn by doing. Other books that have helped me understand include Sitting Kills, Moving heals, and Move your DNA; there are others. I hope that when enough people have had the experience, their example will help return the general population back to those traditional practices which made it possible for our ancestors to survive long enough to produce us. If we abandon that good practice, however, I suspect we'll need ever-increasing "interventions" that can only address the effects of back pain, rather than the causes.


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  • Colleen Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 110 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Laguna Woods, CA
    06
    Aug2020
    • Injury Status Cured
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Never
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Not at all
    • Marital Status Single
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use None
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Medical Marijuana, Traction
      Not Improved
      Chiropractor, Supportive Shoes, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, Pilates
      Worsened
      Strengthening Exercises, Yoga

    The REASON I no longer have back or leg pain now is that I took the Gokhale Elements course last month. But before that happened, when my Primary Doctor saw my latest MRI she immediately referred me to a neurosurgeon. I never thought I would get surgery but my latest bout with back and leg pain was unbearable and I had to lay on the couch after doing simple tasks during the day and ended up smoking marijuana every evening when the pain was the worst. Two days before I saw the surgeon for a consult, I read in the Gokhale Method newsletter that Esther Gokhale was giving a free online workshop on gardening and gardening was the reason I would do whatever was necessary to stop my pain - I DID NOT WANT TO GIVE UP GARDENING. I signed up for Esther's 18-session online course which I started on July 2, 2020 and finished on July 22. Today is August 5, 2020 which means that less than one month after completing her course I have been walking and gardening and going to the store (without crawling back to the car in pain). What I've been looking for with all my therapies is someone to tell me not only how to stop the pain I was in but also to help me understand how not to keep coming back for temporary fixes! None of my doctors, chiropractors, yoga instructors or physical therapists seemed interested (or knowledgeable?) about that. Nothing stuck until now. I am learning to actually allow my spine and muscles and nerves to work the correct way so that they don’t continue getting worse. I'm only 69 (this month!) and therefore much too young to be sitting at the window watching the world go by.


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  • Cynthia Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 125 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Moreno Valley CA
    30
    Apr2020
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Marital Status Married
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use None
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Pain areas  Lower back middle, Lower back right, Lower back left

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Massage, Supplements
      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Postural Modifications, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Ice, Walking/Hiking

    Sitting for a time can be uncomfortable which means traveling is challenging. The left side of my glute, piriformis and especially hamstring get so tight and can be painful. I do my best to not let it slow me.


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  • Steve Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 191 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Prescott, AZ
    05
    Apr2020
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, most of the pain is in my leg
    • Walking distance with leg pain 2-4 miles
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little better