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Yelp Review #25: Sciatica

Good evening Anna,

I experienced sciatic nerve pain recently and wanted to share how acupuncture helped end the pain quickly!

“The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the lower limb. It is the longest and widest single nerve in the body. The sciatic supplies nearly the whole of the skin of the leg, the muscles of the back of the thigh, and those of the leg and foot.” I experienced unimaginable pain from my back down my entire left leg ending in my ankle that I sprained several years ago. To my shock and dismay sitting or laying down increased the level of pain while standing appeared barley tolerable.

Doctors rate pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 a minor pain and 10 the worst pain someone ever experienced. I compared my sprained ankle with the 7 tears to tendons, ligaments and muscles as a 3 on the pain scale (I have extremely high pain tolerance), to the pain in my back and leg which rated an 8.

I visited the chiropractor who adjusted my neck as I was out of alignment and said a massage, rest and time would eventually heal the pain. I asked how long eventually was and received the standard answer of everyone is different and while I should start feeling better soon, the pain could take up to a couple of months to fully disappear. This was the general consensus I received from doctors, family, friends and co-workers. Everyone said sciatic nerve pain heals slowly and I would live in a pain for at least a couple of months.

Remembering how quickly my ankle pain disappeared after my first visit, I contacted Anna and saw her that day. After Anna placed several needles in my right arm (not in my back or left leg) the pain level started dropping. After the treatment my overall pain dropped by 5%. While to many this seems minuscule to someone with sciatic nerve pain this means a great deal. I then saw Anna almost daily, 7 visits in 10 days. Each time the pain dropped from 10 to 50% while on the table and stayed reduced for several hours after I left. Each treatment reduced the overall pain bit by bit. My family, friends and co-workers were shocked at how quickly I was recovering since the first few days I could barely walk and could not sit for any length of time. The pain literally shot down my back to may ankle increasing dramatically while sitting. During meetings at work, I would stand for large parts since the pain decreased while standing (though the looks from some of my co-workers was quite comical, I could not laugh because that also increased the pain). After 10 visits in 2 weeks my pain was over 90% decreased!!!!! The last 10% disappeared over the next couple of weeks as I saw Anna less often. I know that if I kept visiting Anna daily for treatments, the last 10% would disappear even faster.

Instead of the 2 months I was quoted by doctors, family and friends, my sciatic nerve pain was 90% gone in 2 weeks.

Thank you Anna for your help!
Claire

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