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Dry needling for spine pain

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2 years 1 month ago #24923 by Suellen.bartley64@gmail.com
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hello to everyone. I am new here and this is my first post. I have severe ddd, herniated discs, canal / foraminal stenosis at multi levels ect,,,,,ect,,,, in full spine , after quad bike accident in 2003 and 2011 being rear ended by a 4wd and that forced my little hyundai car up under the back of a 4wd in front of me, basically the past 5 years have been shear hell. I have weekly physio to keep me moving, meds are endone when needed, lyrica 275mg twice a day, fentyal patch. Then i take meds to stop me feeling sick and help with the constipation. My first question to you is has any one had dry needling for their pain, it has been recommended by a friend. Does it help at all, i am a sceptic and cant see how a needle (that usually causes pain , lol) can help stenosis, does it hurt? Does it take long?
Thanks for a great site, its good to read other peoples stories and see that i am not alone in the life of pain.
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2 years 1 month ago #24924 by grappers
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Welcome Harpbird,
Dry needling is another name for acupuncture, I have had acupuncture and it did nothing for my nerve pain from my back, it didn't hurt, the needles are that fine.

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2 years 1 month ago #24927 by Suellen.bartley64@gmail.com
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Thanks for your reply Don, I have heard of accupuncture , just thought dry needling was something else. must be a new age name for an old therapy, lol.
I have another friend nagging me to try accupuncture, this person swears by it, and tells me my physio is a waste of time and money , though i cant work out why, when she hasnt tried either and is a very lucky person who has no injury or pain.
I know when the rib pain is bad and i can only take very shallow breaths or it hurts like heck and catches my breath, i go to my miracle physio guy and can breath normally till the next flare up.

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2 years 1 month ago #24928 by jo.m
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Hi Harpbird
I have tried both dry needling and acupuncture for my pain (as they are different, sorry Don)

The dry needling works on 'trigger' points and acupuncture is a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) which works on meridians. They both use the same needles (so this is where the confusion comes from)

Dry needling for me just aggravated my pain but I continue to have acupuncture every fortnight as it does give my lower back pain and headaches some relief. It is short lived but I personally think its worth it (and I have a Dr who bulk bills each time) for taking the edge off the pain for that time and I have such high sensitivities to so many medications that I need something else to help.

This is just my experience and opinion and I'm sure there are lots of people who have different stories to tell, however I don't think you can knock it until you have tried it!!!!

Good luck and welcome to the CPA Forum

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2 years 1 month ago #24930 by Suellen.bartley64@gmail.com
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Thanks for the update,, good to know they are different. (learn something new every day) , i will mention it to my physio when i see him. Being a sceptic its like how can a super fine needle help a squished spinal canal?
But hearing you say acupuncture helps with migraines i will definitley give it a go, anything to get rid of them, i just can not cope with them rotten things.
I am on a care plan and you get 5 free physio session a year, well i used them ages ago and now i have to pay for the visit,,, very hard on a one wage household.
Thanks harpbird

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1 year 7 months ago #26572 by Stacka
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Hi Suellen,

I had dry needling two weeks ago into my right piriformis muscle and it worked wonders. I asked the physio how does it make such a difference albeit short lived. She said when the muscle is over active, the needles will deliberately put them into continual spasm (you can't really feel it) whereby over twenty minutes the muscle tires and stops spasming. It might be BS but I was amazed how well it worked but only for a few days and then I was back to square one. It gets down to needing to treat the underlying problem I suggest.

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