Dry Needling or acupuncture

Posted by judypall @judypall, Mar 22, 2019

Has anyone had any luck with either dry needling or acupuncture. I have tried each of them one time. But made my feet tingle more. The PT who was administering the dry needling said that it goes through a cycle of pain to get better. I wasn’t too sure on that. Anyone?

Hi, @judypall – I would be curious, too, if trying dry needling or acupuncture for neuropathy made my feet tingle more. Hoping other members can weigh in on the concept of going through a cycle of pain to get better with these therapies. I'd like to invite members who have talked about these modalities for various types of pain on Connect to weigh in on your experiences and these therapies and how they have worked for them, like @scgraham @awag @2011panc @mrhappy @nancgdav.

@judypall, are you scheduled for more of these treatments coming up soon?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @judypall – I would be curious, too, if trying dry needling or acupuncture for neuropathy made my feet tingle more. Hoping other members can weigh in on the concept of going through a cycle of pain to get better with these therapies. I'd like to invite members who have talked about these modalities for various types of pain on Connect to weigh in on your experiences and these therapies and how they have worked for them, like @scgraham @awag @2011panc @mrhappy @nancgdav.

@judypall, are you scheduled for more of these treatments coming up soon?

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I went through 3 months of PT and astym and dry needling were used in the last month. They reduced my pain about 10-15 % and was thankful for that. I heard other patients at the clinic say that dry needling completely cured their hip bursitis. I do not plan to do more PT unless there is a new technique the therapist can try (insurance calling the shots). I am desperate to find anything that might help.

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Before I was finally diagnosed with PMR in my hips, I had a course of physical therapy, which included dry needling. It made my hip pain MUCH worse!! However, dry needling worked miracles on a shoulder injury I had last summer.
The ONLY thing I have found (except prednisone) that gives me any relief for my PMR hip pain is high quality CBD lotion. You have to make sure to know how much CBD is in the lotion as some of the stuff on the market is worthless. I am using a lotion that contains 100MG CBD. When I get hip pain in the middle of the night, I rub in some lotion and within 5-10 minutes I am PAIN FREE and can go back to sleep.

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I made an appointment for drying needling for my hip (the doctor says I need hip replacement but am not eager) and so I thought I'd try dry needling for pain in that area. Does anyone have experience with dry needling, and if so, did you experience relief?

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@cindiwass

I made an appointment for drying needling for my hip (the doctor says I need hip replacement but am not eager) and so I thought I'd try dry needling for pain in that area. Does anyone have experience with dry needling, and if so, did you experience relief?

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@cindiwass you will notice that I have moved your post into an existing discussion on dry needling so you can review the previous posts as a reference of what member experiences have been previously shared.

Members such as @helennicola @pfbacon and @sherrylynn have also previously shared or also inquired about dry needling and may be able to share their experience.

When is your appointment?

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@cindiwass

I made an appointment for drying needling for my hip (the doctor says I need hip replacement but am not eager) and so I thought I'd try dry needling for pain in that area. Does anyone have experience with dry needling, and if so, did you experience relief?

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I had 3-4 sessions for my hip about 6 yrs. ago which did not help plus it was very painful for me. I then had a cortisone shot which helped for 2 yrs. after which I had a total hip replacement. The surgery was a piece of cake, and I was walking unaided 2-3 wks. later. Helen

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@cindiwass

I made an appointment for drying needling for my hip (the doctor says I need hip replacement but am not eager) and so I thought I'd try dry needling for pain in that area. Does anyone have experience with dry needling, and if so, did you experience relief?

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I had dry needling for lower back pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle cramping in my legs and feet in 2016. The procedure was painful, but worth it as the pain decreased by two numbers [1-10 scale], the muscle cramps stopped completely, and the numbness/tingling also decreased. This year the pain increased again by at least two numbers, numbness and tingling came back with a vengeance. Am in physical therapy again using dry needling hoping it will again help. Have a MRI scheduled tomorrow, so will see if any explanation why. My experience is dry needling works, but is painful to undergo. For me, the pain lasts about 24 hours after needling, then reduces to a lower level than prior to the needling. I have particular problems with my hip because one leg is shorter than the other.

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@cindiwass

I made an appointment for drying needling for my hip (the doctor says I need hip replacement but am not eager) and so I thought I'd try dry needling for pain in that area. Does anyone have experience with dry needling, and if so, did you experience relief?

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Hello @cindiwass I've had dry needling for back and shoulder pain and it helped me a lot. The first time was after many, many regular pt sessions and the needling was not painful. The next time a couple of years later I went straight for the dry needling without the many sessions of standard PT manipulation. It was very painful (but fast) and the discomfort (not as painful as the actual treatment) lasted for a couple of weeks but ultimately it did help me a lot.
As with anything, I think it depends upon the problem with your hip as well as the experience and knowledge of the practitioner.

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I am doing PT now for neck pain. They have done dry needling twice, only prescribed once a week. They used only 4 needles in my shoulder neck are and only left them in for 6 minutes.

Can anyone else tell me how long the needles we’re left in and how many needles they used on your pain area?

At another PT provider 2 years ago, they used dry needling for neck pain on the other side (finally went away) and added about 12 needles and then attached TENS machine stimulus to the needles.

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I also want to try a acupuncture for my neck pain. I just found a local provider who is supposed to be experienced and good. Have a call in for an appointment. Has anyone tried acupuncture for neck pain or other pain related to spinal degeneration?

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@teslachan

I had dry needling for lower back pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle cramping in my legs and feet in 2016. The procedure was painful, but worth it as the pain decreased by two numbers [1-10 scale], the muscle cramps stopped completely, and the numbness/tingling also decreased. This year the pain increased again by at least two numbers, numbness and tingling came back with a vengeance. Am in physical therapy again using dry needling hoping it will again help. Have a MRI scheduled tomorrow, so will see if any explanation why. My experience is dry needling works, but is painful to undergo. For me, the pain lasts about 24 hours after needling, then reduces to a lower level than prior to the needling. I have particular problems with my hip because one leg is shorter than the other.

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Hello and welcome, @teslachan. Thank you for joining the conversation to share with others what you have found to be helpful in dealing with your symptoms. It will be interesting to see if you get any feedback at your MRI appointment to learn why this is working for you.

Can I ask how you came across dry needling as an alternative option?

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@jetsetter

I also want to try a acupuncture for my neck pain. I just found a local provider who is supposed to be experienced and good. Have a call in for an appointment. Has anyone tried acupuncture for neck pain or other pain related to spinal degeneration?

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I've had both acupuncture and dry needling for my neck pain and pain due to mild scoliosis and found it helpful in both cases but is also dependent upon the skills of the practitioner.

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