I was picking cherries from a ladder. That night
I felt a slight pain in my neck and shoulder. The next morning I was
in quite a bit of pain. Over the next few days the pain went from
worse to excruciating.
Over the next few weeks I went to a chiropractor,
my doctor, an osteopath had an MRI and even went to a surgeon for a
A bone spur in the neck impinging on a nerve was
the cause. This was now a week later and I had only slept about 2-4
hours a night because of the pain. Next step was a surgeon who told me
surgery was in order - removing a disk and fusing some vertebrae in my
neck. Now several weeks later, still in pain, still not sleeping, and
now facing major surgery I just wanted it all over with. I just could
not take the pain any longer and nothing they gave me worked except
codeine 3. Even with that I still felt the pain but the drug was able
to knock me out. Surgery - they told me would be in 2 1/2
A friend of mine suggested I try acupuncture to
relieve the pain and recommended a Dr Ho Tsang in Napa California. I
had nothing to lose, and even though my HMO wouldn't pay for it, $50
per visit it was little to pay to be out of pain if it worked.
The first visit didn't do much good as far as I
could tell. The second visit, 2 days later, was a tremendous help
however. My symptoms were cut in half and I actually slept 6 hours
without drugs. Six visits later I had no pain except a little
residual tightness in my neck and shoulder. Two more visits and the
problem was all gone.
I didn't have surgery. I cancelled it against the
recommendation of the surgeon and osteopath although they did admit
that if there was no pain there might not be need for surgery - at
least not then and there.
That was 8 years ago. I did have one relapse
about 10 months ago and it took 8 treatments to handle it - without
surgery or drugs.
I highly recommend acupuncture for pain relief
and Dr Ho Tsang as the practitioner for the treatment if you are in
the Napa - Sonoma Counties area in California.
Napa California Resident.