History: 55 year old patient had been suffering from severe chronic back pain since my teens – over 40 years!!!! In 1988, she was diagnosed with two ruptured discs in her lower back and surgery was scheduled immediately. Six surgeries over the next 3 ½ years (including the removal of my tailbone) left her in constant and persistent debilitating pain and her life revolved around watching the clock for the next time that I could take her next dose of pain medication. In 1999, it was recommended that she had a morphine intrathecal pump implanted in her body that would provide with a continual flow of a “cocktail” of medication which included morphine, a numbing medication and a muscle relaxant. For a while, this greatly improved her overall condition but over the next eight years, she was taking over 25 pills a day for a variety of problems which included additional medication for pain, muscle relaxants, nerve pain, etc. By 2005, she was using a cane and by the summer of 2006, she was not only using a cane but now I also needed a walker. She was spending a minimum of 18 hours a day in bed, unable to work, and felt my life wasn’t worth living anymore. She was referred to us through a pain management doctor who recommended that Acupuncture might help.