Complaints: Lumbar stenosis caused a chronic low back pain
with sciatica down the left leg into foot. Pain was constant and worse in bed
at night, necessitating NSAID Aleve, which helped some. She repeatedly woke up
every 1 -2 hours from pain.
Acupuncture: Left-side yang horary points in the Metal-Order
of LI1, UB66, GB41, SI5, and ST36.
Treatment process: The patient had twice a week acupuncture
for 6 treatments so far. Within the first 2 visits, she noticed less pain
during the day with less stiffness and increased mobility. From the 3rd
visit, the pain at night had gradually decreased in intensity, frequency, and
Discussion: The patient tried acupuncture due to a concern
of taking too much pain medication, which can cause harm to liver and kidneys. In
addition, a chronic lack of deep sleep was affecting her mentally. Spinal
stenosis is one of the most difficult condition to treat due to the narrowing of
the spinal canal, directly pressing onto the spinal cord. Regardless, acupuncture
at times is significantly helpful.