Acupuncture - Just got back from my first appointment with the Acupuncturist. He is from China and is rated one of the best in the city. He was very nice but it was hard for me to understand him which is okay but I did have questions and I couldn't really understand. I've mentioned on here adnauseam that my issues are often on my left side - particularly my left arm (which every doctor has said there is nothing wrong with your left arm). The acupuncture was pretty painful. He believed… read more
Well, Mayo Rochester is always ranked number 1 in the nation over the other two mayos .
@A MyFibroTeam Member, hi thanks for getting back to me. Mayo is fairly close to where I live. It's about a 5 hour drive from here. I have heart issues also and have been to Mayo for that. My orthopedic surgeon has operated on each shoulder twice (for different reasons). He told me I don't have much cartilage left in the socket of my shoulder. I have had multiple EMG's, and 4 MRI's at various times on my shoulders. Without doing anything more, he thinks I have a mass, a non cancerous growth in and over the socket. He said he has operated on one once and feels I need to get the more specialized dr to work on me. It hurts, but right now I am leaving it on the back shelf. My husband is on the national transplant list and waiting for a new kidney. I don't feel that I can attempt to fix my shoulder until after he gets a kidney. I know the recovery for the shoulder is a long one and I would be out of commission for quite a while. I just want to be available for him when he needs me. I'm hoping that the new insurance will cover this. My referral has already gone through. So now we wait....this seems to always be the theme....waiting. take care.
I have used an accupuncturust and a physiotherapist here in Hong Kong who does needling - similar practice as far as stimulating points in the muscle. From what I understand, stimulating the points releases the tension / pressure that doesn’t allow the chi (energy) to flow freely thriughout the body. It’s like clearing up a traffic jam. I have had good results and immediate relief from shoulder and neck pain. If the pain is bad and the muscle very tight when I go in, the needles do hurt more, but afterwards I get such relief! It is something that needs to be done regularly for best results. Having said that, needling did not work for a slipped disc in my back, but for neurological conditions it’s certainly worth pursuing. Hope you find relief!
@MarylwenHansen interesting that they are recommending Mayo. Most doctors around here would never...maybe that's because we have Emory which is a great institution. Not sure how many institutions you guys have in Fargo. Mayo is a good place. I hope you can go. If not, there are others..John Hopkins, etc. Mayo can see a lot of insurance providers now because they are actually in network for a lot. I have united and they were in network so since I had met my deductible already and out of pocket max for the year, I paid nothing for my Mayo visit ($6000 dollars later, of course). Please keep me posted. I am surprised there's no orthopedist that can figure it out. Have you had an EMG and Nerve conduction test?