During my ‘blog a day’ challenge, I’ve chosen Mondays to share some of the amazing success stories I’ve experienced in my journey as an acupuncturist.
Last year I met a man in his early 80’s experiencing chronic knee pain. After a brief assessment from his physician, he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, prescribed pain killers and sent home. Being told to ‘grin and bear it’ with pain management as a solution was not what he was looking for, so he set out to get more answers. The pain was persistent and he grew so frustrated that one night he waiting in his local ER room for several hours to get a second opinion, but was sent away with a stern warning not to waste the resources that could be spared for those who truly needed it.
One night his knee was causing so much pain that it gave out from under him causing him to fall and injure his head. As a senior who enjoyed living a fairly independent lifestyle, his fears of being sent into a care facility were growing. It was at this point he found me.
I heard his story, assessed his knee and discussed the full spectrum of factors that may impact his condition (his lifestyle, environment, nutrition and other health issues that might be related). While I was performing diagnostic massage of his lower back, I discovered a muscular nodule at the base of his spine.
After one acupuncture treatment and massage, the knot released and the nerve that fed his knee was no longer compressed. He could move without pain or a limp and I watched joyful relief wash over his face as he realized moving into a seniors home was no longer on the imminent horizon. It was a great moment for both of us.
If there is a main message I want people to take away from this story is to trust your gut instinct and if the answers you are getting don’t ‘sit right’ with you, don’t give in and don’t give up. Nobody knows your body better than you do, so rock the boat and shake the trees until you are heard, especially when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
Thanks for reading and I wish you the best of health.