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    peripheral neuorpathy
    fredstan posted:
    I'm 75 years old and have this wretched ailment, I'm not diabetic or an alcoholic. The pain is severe, a typical burning sensation in my right foot. It's being treated with morphine sulfate and hydrocodone. Has anybody tried acupuncture for the problem?
    77grace responded:
    Hi fredstan ,
    I am sorry to hear that you are sufferidng so much and I wish I could help but I have not experienced the same thing nor do I know anyone who has !But ,I do suffer with Chronic neck and back pain ,so I know how you feel about chronic pain and being frustrated !
    Hope you start to feel a bit better ,
    Take care 77grace
    Peter Abaci, MD responded:
    We have an acupuncturist at my center as part of my clinical team, and acupuncture is something that I often consider for some of my patients. As you probably know, acupuncture has been around for centuries and is based on Chinese medicine practices. In theory, it helps by promoting energy flow to areas of injury or illness that may be out of balance.

    Acupuncture can be tried safely for a whole variety of pain problems including back pain, sciatica, arthritis, and neuropathy. I avoid recommending acupuncture to patients who have skin sensitivity to light touch or pressure as it may be irritating. I would suggest you check with your physician first before starting treatment, and if you decide to try it, ask around to see who others recommend.
    fredstan replied to 77grace's response:
    Thanks for the thought Grace. For me the medicines are worse than the pain. I hate taking them.
    fredstan replied to Peter Abaci, MD's response:
    I'm going to give accupuncture a try. I've lived in the far east for many years and the Chinese swear by it and by all reports, it works for them.
    annette030 replied to fredstan's response:
    I tried acupuncture years ago for fibromyalgia pain in my hips, did not work for me, I still believe in it though. All those Chinese people can not be wrong. I suggest a good Chinese medicine specialist. Do make sure he is licensed. Good luck to you.

    Take care, Annette

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