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Offline KarenS

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Acupuncture update
« on: June 05, 2005, 04:53:40 PM »
I said in a previous post that I would let everyone know how I'm doing with acupuncture, so here goes. :)

Over the past eight months, I've been seen by three respected orthopedic surgeons regarding my knees, and not one of them has paid any attention to what I've had to say about other symptoms I've had in my legs (pressure and tingling in ankles, pain along inside and outside of thigh when pressed, and a chunk of my outside quad muscle that suddenly seemed to disappear!). They were all so focused on my knees -- it was getting frustrating, because I just felt in my gut that there was something much more than chondromalacia symptoms going on.

Finally, I've found someone who seems to know what they're talking about! I had a long talk with my acupuncturist the other day, during my fifth treatment, and I asked her if she understood what was causing my knee and ankle problems. She said that it looks like I have what amounts to compartment syndrome (or something like it) in my upper and lower legs. She can feel the muscles bunched and tightened in certain areas, and that is blocking blood flow and compressing nerves. The more I walk, and especially stand still, the worse it makes this condition. And this explains the sudden disappearance of a chunk of muscle in my right (worse) thigh! It's amazing how she can so softly touch an area on my leg and know right away that it's a sore, problem area, and even can tell me exactly what's causing it...and yet the specialists of Western medicine have only been able to give me a quizzical "Gee, I have no idea..." She said that she worked at an orthopedic hospital in China for ten years before coming to the U.S. to practice, and that she's seen this type of condition before (very refreshing after hearing things like how my condition is "bizarre"!). She also reassured me, very firmly, that I shouldn't worry because "this will go away."

I'm still going to PT also, at my doctor's recommendation, but there isn't much the therapist can do other than rub the sore areas on my legs and use ultrasound. He tried to get me to do a set of only 10 quad sets once...and by that evening my entire leg, from the tops of my thighs to my feet, ached horribly. And the next morning, my knees were red, hot, and inflamed again. Once again, he was baffled. And once again, my acupuncturist had an explanation: the areas where my muscles are bunched and tightened aren't ready for exercise. That condition needs to be fixed before I work on getting my quads back in shape.

Just a little history of how things have gone over the past three or four weeks: After my first and second acupuncture treatment, I noticed a difference in the fact that my knees felt better in the morning (which had been the worst time for me over the past eight months). After the fourth, I realized it certainly wasn't my imagination. My therapist was stunned when I saw him last week and all of the areas in my legs that made me hit the ceiling when he rubbed them were now only barely sensitive. He couldn't understand it. (He does know that I'm having acupuncture, but it's apparent to me from things that he's said that he's a bit of a skeptic.)

And now, after the fifth treatment, this is the fourth morning in a row that I woke up with completely pain-free knees THAT WERE NOT WARM AND INFLAMED! Yaay! Things are finally beginning to improve! I had to stand for a very long period of time the other day when I went to visit with my son's new kindergarten teachers, and I was amazed that what was bugging me were my ANKLES -- my knees felt great! The acupuncturist was very pleased to hear that. She said that it shows great progress to hear that I'm complaining about my ankles and not even mentioning my knees.  ;D So now she is focusing on my ankles. (She said she can only focus on one area at a time or else "the body gets confused.") She really cranked up the electrostimulation of the needles around my ankles and calves the other night and warned me that I'd be sore...and I sure am! But I have complete confidence in what she's doing now because I see that it's working! It's such a huge relief to finally find some answers after all this time. I can't wait to get my life back! I have certainly learned my lesson about not overdoing any one exercise at the gym, as well as doing the exercise properly and stretching properly before and after. I will NEVER forget this horrendous experience.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know my happy news. :) I've been whining about my situation enough on these boards -- for way too many months! I wish I had turned to acupuncture sooner. I think sometimes when the "masters of Western medicine" are baffled, it's a good idea to have an open mind and try to find another avenue.  If you're not satisfied with what your doctor has to say about your situation, keep searching until you're satisifed! There has to be an answer out there somewhere, for all of us!

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Re: Acupuncture update
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2005, 05:35:23 PM »
CONGRATULATIONS, KAREN S.

You have taken control of your knee problems and this new treatment plan is working for you.  That is just great news.  Hope that you can finally get some long-lasting pain relief from these treatments.

Thanks for sharing this experience.

Go girl go,

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Re: Acupuncture update
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2005, 07:19:10 PM »
Hey Karen !!

Glad that you have found something which works for you. I get so happy when hearing that someone at least get better from having kneepain.
I hope this will also be the solution for you in the longterm.

Great !!

Hugs Nettan  8)
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.